Trump’s rallies include the use of the singer’s song “Skyfall,” from the soundtrack of the James Bond movie of the same name. It’s actually a break from the traditional use of country music among Republicans. But other campaigns, like that of Hillary Clinton, have played the music at their rallies as well.
“Adele has not given permission for her music to be used for any political campaigning,” her spokesman said in an email on Monday.
Campaigns have run into disputes with artists and performers over the use of their music in the past. While they may get a blanket license from a music licensing organization like ASCAP or BMI, that doesn’t necessarily mean that a performer has signed off on the use of their works at public campaign events. Some, like Steven Tyler, have sent Trump cease and desist letters, arguing that it violates their right of publicity and gives the impression that they are making an endorsement.
Bernie Sanders has been using Simon & Garfunkel’s “America” in campaign ads, which are getting heavy play at Iowa stations, but the campaign got the necessary approvals, a Sanders spokesman said. Art Garfunkel later said that he gave his permission for the song to be used in the spots.