"Elton's music has not been requested for use in any official capacity by Donald Trump. Any use of his music should not be seen as an endorsement of Donald Trump by Elton."
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What is it with Republicans who complain about Democrats who want "free stuff" yet help themselves to the music of some of our biggest stars without a "by your leave?"
Elton John has become the latest musician to ask a politician to stop using his music at political rallies. The culprit this time is Donald Trump - a repeat offender - who has used both Rocket Man and Tiny Dancer as campaign event mood tunes.
It is not hard to figure out why Elton wouldn't be thrilled and flattered by Trump's use of his songs after the Apprentice star went on the Sunday shows last weekend saying he would strongly consider appointing Supreme Court Justices to undo marriage equality. It's harder to understand how businessman Trump does not understand that recorded music is not free for the taking, especially after singer Adele sent him a cease and desist message earlier this week for helping himself to her songs Rolling in the Deep and Skyfall. And you may recall last September, R.E.M. demanded Trump stop using their hit song It's the End of the World at Trump rallies.
Elton John's publicist has confirmed the singer has contacted the Trump campaign to ask them to refrain from using his music in the future, telling WENN:
"Elton’s music has not been requested for use in any official capacity by Donald Trump Any use of his music should not be seen as an endorsement of Donald Trump by Elton."