- The Washington Times - Monday, February 1, 2016

Pop star Adele has issued a statement saying Republican presidential front-runner Donald Trump has no permission to use her music during campaign rallies.

Mr. Trump, whose slogan is “Make America great again,” has been playing Adele’s hit “Rolling in the Deep” at campaign rallies, most recently in Lexington, South Carolina, last week, BBC News reported.

“Adele has not given permission for her music to be used for any political campaigning,” her spokesman told The Independent.

The statement was issued after fans complained that Mr. Trump appropriated Adele’s music for his political campaign. “Don’t suppose he asked for her endorsement. Hopefully she’s objected,” tweeted one.

Mr. Trump is believed to be a fan of Adele and attended her performance in November at New York’s Radio City Music Hall.

It’s not the first time the billionaire magnate has been criticized for appropriating pop songs. Aerosmith’s Steven Tyler, Neil Young and REM’s Michael Stipe have all demanded that his campaign stop using their music.

U.S. copyright laws technically give politicians carte blanche to use recorded music at their rallies, but there is leeway for artists to complain that their image and reputation are being damaged by the repeated use of songs without their express permission, BBC News reported.

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