Prince’s surviving family members are asking President Donald Trump to stop using the late rock star’s music at campaign rallies. Prince’s “Purple Rain” has frequently been on Trump’s playlist at recent rallies, including last week in South Haven, Mississippi.
A statement retweeted on behalf of the estate by Prince’s half-brother Omarr Baker said “The Prince Estate has never given permission to President Trump or the White House to use Prince’s songs and have requested that they cease all use immediately.”
“The Prince Estate has never given permission to President Trump or The White House to use Prince’s songs and have requested that they cease all use immediately.”
— Omarr Baker (@PRNFamily) October 12, 2018
Neither an attorney for the estate nor a White House spokeswoman immediately responded to messages from The Associated Press. Trump, who is hosting a campaign rally in suburban Cincinnati on Friday night (Oct. 12), hosted a signing event for the Music Modernization Act at the White House on Thursday (Oct. 11).
Prince died in 2016 from an accidental fentanyl overdose at his Paisley Park complex in Chanhassen, Minnesota. More than a dozen prominent artists have requested that Trump stop playing their music at his public events since 2016, including Adele, Neil Young, R.E.M., the Rolling Stones, Aerosmith’s Steven Tyler, Twisted Sister, Elton John, Queen and the estates of George Harrison and Luciano Pavarotti.