The Minneapolis Star-Tribune reports:
Video footage of audience members waving their hands to “Purple Rain” at one of President Trump’s rallies apparently raised a red flag from some members of Prince’s estate, who issued a statement Thursday night asking that “they cease all use immediately.”
The statement, sent out via Twitter, read, “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 message was reportedly sent on behalf of the estate by longtime Prince associate Jeremiah Freed, aka Dr. Funkenberry, and it was retweeted by Prince’s brother, Omarr Baker. It was sent in reaction to the Trump rally in Mississippi last week, not this week’s event in Pennsylvania.
Many acts including the Rolling Stones, Adele, Aerosmith, Neil Young, and REM have previously demanded that Trump stop using their music.
Ironically (and hypocritically), yesterday Trump signed a stiffened music copyright act in the Oval Office as Kid Rock looked on.
Alright, Prince estate: nobody has more experience shutting down misuses of an artist’s work than you do. You got this. https://t.co/7PNFrhNH0F
— Anil Dash (@anildash) October 3, 2018
“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