Donald Trump launched his campaign with "Rockin' In The Free World"
Neil Young had criticised US Presidential candidate Donald Trump for using his song, “Rockin’ In The Free World“, apparently without consent.
Yesterday [June 16, 2015], Republican Trump announced he would run for President, using Young’s 1989 track to launch his campaign.
Rolling Stone reports that Young’s management company, Lookout, immediately issued a statement criticising Trump’s use of the song.
“Donald Trump was not authorized to use ‘Rockin’ in the Free World’ in his presidential candidacy announcement,” said the statement. “Neil Young, a Canadian citizen, is a supporter of Bernie Sanders for President of the United States of America.”
A spokesman for Trump replied, “Through a license agreement with [performance-rights organization] ASCAP, Mr. Trump’s campaign paid for and obtained the legal right to use Neil Young’s recording of ‘Rockin’ in the Free World’ at today’s event. Mr. Trump is a huge fan of Neil Young and his music and will continue to be regardless of Neil’s political views.”
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