Sinéad O’Connor’s Estate Demands Donald Trump Stop Using Her Music At Political Rallies...

Sinéad O’Connor’s estate has demanded that former president Donald Trump stop using the late singer’s music at his political rallies.

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The estate of the late Sinéad O’Connor has asked that former president Donald Trump stop using her music at his political rallies after he played one of O’connor’s most popular songs, ‘Nothing Compares 2 U,’ at a campaign event in Maryland last month. 

O’connor’s estate told BBC News that it would be “no exaggeration to say that Sinéad would have been disgusted, hurt, and insulted” by Trump’s use of her music. Trump is currently running to be the presidential candidate ahead of the US election in November. 

Both O’Connor’s estate and Chrysalis Records, her longtime label, put out a joint statement regarding his use of her music: “Throughout her life, it is well known that Sinéad O’Connor lived by a fierce moral code defined by honesty, kindness, fairness, and decency towards her fellow human beings. It was with outrage therefore that we learned that Donald Trump has been using her iconic performance of Nothing Compares 2 U at his political rallies.”

“It is no exaggeration to say that Sinéad would have been disgusted, hurt, and insulted to have her work misrepresented in this way by someone who she herself referred to as a ‘biblical devil’.”

Trump formally served as the 45th president of the US after the 2016 election. He later lost to Biden in the 2020 election, and the two are set to be facing off again for this year’s presidential election. 

At the same February 24th political rally Trump played songs including ‘Dancing Queen’ by ABBA, ‘Ring of Fire’ by Johnny Cash, and ‘Suspicious Minds’ by Elvis. 

Originally written by Prince, O’connor’s version of ‘Nothing Compares 2 U’ spent four weeks at number one in the UK in 1990. O’Connor also passed away last July of natural causes, she was 56-years-old. 

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“As the guardians of her legacy, we demand that Donald Trump, and his associates desist from using her music immediately.”

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O’Connor’s estate is not the only artist/artist representative that has asked Trump to stop using certain music during his rallies. 

According to BBC News, Rihanna threatened legal action against Trump in 2018 after he used her hit song ‘Don’t Stop the Music’ at one of his rallies. Her legal team specified that Rihanna was not affiliated with Trump, nor did she support his campaign. 

In 2016 The Rolling Stones sent a cease and desist letter to Trump in 2016 after he played ‘You Can’t Always Get What You Want.’ In 2020, however, he used the song again, prompting the band to threaten legal action if it were to happen again.

Opera singer Luciano Pavarotti’s family also objected to Trump using his recording of ‘Nessun Dorma’ at a political rally. The family stated that Trump’s views on immigration were in opposition to Pavarotti’s work raising money for refugees. 

Other artists who made it publicly clear that they were not okay with Trump using their songs at his rallies include Bruce Springsteen, Adele, and Sir Elton John.