Adele has told Donald Trump he does not have permission to use her songs at his campaign rallies after the superstar singer’s fans expressed their anger that the Presidential hopeful was using her hits as his warm-up music.
The billionaire-turned-Republican frontrunner has consistently played Adele’s hit Rolling In The Deep, with its “we could have had it all” refrain, to stoke up the atmosphere at campaign events before his appearance.
Approached by The Independent, a spokesperson for the singer has said: “Adele has not given permission for her music to be used for any political campaigning”.
Trump, who is known to be a big Adele fan and attended her gig in New York last year, also played Skyfall, the singer’s James Bond theme (“when it crumbles, we will stand tall, face it all together”).
Fans of Adele have been confused and outraged by his song choices.
“Don’t suppose he asked for her endorsement. Hopefully she’s objected,” tweeted one.
“Noooooo!! Not Adele!! Must Trump ruin that too?!,” asked one fan.
“I think she’s cringing as much as we are … wish he would drown in the deep. The bigot,” tweeted another.
Adele is not the first artist to object to Trump using their music at campaign rallies.
REM frontman Michael Stipe released a statement after Trump used his band’s music. Stipe said: “Go fuck yourselves, the lot of you – you sad, attention-grabbing, power-hungry little men. Do not use our music or my voice for your moronic charade of a campaign.”
Stipe’s bandmate, Mike Mills, added: “Personally, I think the Orange Clown will do anything for attention. I hate giving it to him.”
Neil Young and Aerosmith also took exception to their songs being used by Trump at campaign rallies.