Rihanna doesn’t want president Donald Trump playing her music at his political rallies .
The 30-year-old pop star, who tweeted Sunday that she didn’t want her music associated with President Trump’s “tragic rallies,” has now made it official. She had her people deliver a cease-and-desist letter to President Trump.
Rihanna star’s performing rights company, Broadcast Music Inc., got her work removed from a blanket license agreement that had let Trump’s campaign play her tunes at its rallies.
The Barbadian singer vowed to prevent the president from playing her music ever again after the campaign blasted her 2007 hit “Don’t Stop the Music” at his rally in Chattanooga, Tenn., last Sunday.
“This letter serves as notice that Rihanna’s musical works are excluded from the [political entities] Agreement, and any performance of Rihanna’s musical works by the Trump Campaign from this date forward is not authorized by BMI,” stated a Nov. 6 letter that The Los Angeles Times obtained on Friday.
Rihanna tweeted her objections to the Trump campaign’s use of her music on Nov. 4, in a reply to a reporter’s comment that “Don’t Stop the Music” was “blaring in Chattanooga as aides toss free Trump T-shirts into the crowd.”
“Not for much longer…me nor my people would ever be at or around one of those tragic rallies,” she said.
Not for much longer…me nor my people would ever be at or around one of those tragic rallies, so thanks for the heads up philip! https://t.co/dRgRi06GrJ
— Rihanna (@rihanna) November 5, 2018
Her lawyers subsequently sent a cease-and-desist letter to the White House.
“As you are or should be aware, Ms. Fenty has not provided her consent to Mr. Trump to use her music. Such use is therefore improper,” the letter said, according to Rolling Stone.