Neil Young objected to the use of his music in the prelude to President Donald Trump ’s event at the base of Mount Rushmore , siding with Lakota Sioux who have long claimed the land as their own in violation of an 1868 treaty with the U.S. government. “This is NOT ok with me…” said a tweet from Neil Young Archives, linked to footage from the Trump event in which “Rockin In The Free World” was playing. This is NOT ok with me… https://t.co/Q9j9NRPMhi — Neil Young Archives (@NeilYoungNYA) July 4, 2020 Young then tweeted, “I stand in solidarity with the Lakota Sioux & this is NOT ok with me.” It linked to a video showing Young’s song “Like a Hurricane” playing before Trump took the stage. Young’s “Cowgirl in the Sand” was heard later at the rally, but the musician did not comment on its use. I stand in solidarity with the Lakota Sioux & this is NOT ok with me https://t.co/iPVcFplOHa — Neil Young Archives (@NeilYoungNYA) July 4, 2020 … [Read more...] about Neil Young Objects To Use Of 3 Of His Songs By Donald Trump At Mount Rushmore Event
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EXCLUSIVE: President Donald Trump may be looking for a new walk-off song at his campaign rallies now that the Rolling Stones and BMI have put him on notice and threatened to sue if he ever again uses any of their songs licensed by the giant performing rights organization. And now fellow performing-rights group ASCAP says that Trump won’t be allowed to use any of the Stones’ songs in its repertory either – a playlist that includes “Start Me Up,” “Emotional Rescue,” “Waiting on a Friend” and “Angie.” “At this time, the 2020 Trump campaign has not applied for an ASCAP license and therefore currently is not authorized by ASCAP to perform any songs in the ASCAP repertory (unless they have licensed those works directly),” an ASCAP spokesperson told Deadline. “As is our practice with all campaigns, if the 2020 Trump campaign requests an ASCAP license, ASCAP will inform the campaign of music that is excluded from our license upon execution of the license agreement. At present, … [Read more...] about ASCAP Says Donald Trump Campaign Can’t Use Any Rolling Stones Songs In Its Repertory, Following BMI’s Lead
Donald Trump made a Rihanna-like entrance on the first night of the Republican National Convention, emerging from a backlit cloud to introduce the night’s keynote speaker, his wife Melania Trump . “Ladies and gentlemen, it is my great honor to present the next First Lady of the United States, my wife, an amazing mother, and an incredible woman, Melania Trump. Thank you very much,” Trump said after making his rock-star entrance while Queen’s “We Are the Champions” played in the hall. That was the entirety of his speech, which he delivered in under two minutes – a Donald Trump first in his presidential campaign. Then his wife gave what CNN contributor Van Jones called a “cream puff speech,” nearly 15 minutes long, telling Americans few intimate details about herself and even fewer about her husband. It was impressive in its length — her previous longest speech of the campaign having run 90 seconds, according to press reports. Melania got high marks from TV pundits for … [Read more...] about Donald Trump Makes Dramatic Entrance, Introduces Wife Melania’s Keynote Speech At RNC
Rihanna is the latest musician on a long list of artists who aren’t happy with Donald Trump using their music during his rallies or other events. The Ocean’s 8 actress found out from Washington Post White House Bureau Chief Philip Rucker that Trump used one of her hit songs at his rally in Tennessee Sunday and she wasn’t having it. “It’s been said a million times, but here’s a million and one — Trump’s rallies are unlike anything else in politics,” tweeted Rucker. “Currently, Rihanna’s ‘Don’t Stop the Music’ is blaring in Chattanooga as aides toss free Trump T-shirts into the crowd, like a ball game. Everyone’s loving it.” It didn’t take long for Rihanna’s fans to alert the icon that Trump was using her song without her knowledge so she took to Twitter and responded to Rucker saying: “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!” Trump has a storied record of using songs and … [Read more...] about Rihanna Shuts Down Use Of Her Music At Donald Trump’s “Tragic Rallies”
“Keep on rockin’ in the free world.” Rock fans certainly know that oft-repeated line from Neil Young ’s 1989 hit, but the song was hijacked Tuesday. “Rockin in the Free World” was playing when Donald Trump took the stage to announce that he’s running for president, and its author was none too pleased. The Toronto native issued a statement through his longtime manager this evening that the Billionaire with the Crazy Hair used the record without asking nicely first. “Donald Trump was not authorized to use ‘Rockin’ In The Free World’ in his presidential candidacy announcement,” the statement read. “Neil Young, a Canadian citizen, is a supporter of Bernie Sanders for President of the United States Of America.” Anyone who has followed Young’s career knows that he’s not going to endorse a Republican, let alone Trump, so a rebuke seemed inevitable. The situation brought to mind that time in 1984 when a sitting GOP president tried to glom on to a rock star. That’s when Ronald … [Read more...] about Neil Young To Donald Trump: Comes A Time To Quit Using My Song – Now!
TMZ.com Black Eyed Peas singer and rapper Taboo is pissed about President Trump 's decision to reopen the controversial Dakota Access Pipeline debate, but thinks new protests should take a specific approach. We got Taboo at LAX Tuesday hours after the president signed 2 executive orders that will allow construction on the Dakota and the Keystone XL pipelines to move forward. Taboo, who is part Native American, is a staunch supporter of the Standing Rock Indian Reservation's fight against the DAPL. It's clear, he has serious questions about Trump's ability to lead. Just this past weekend, he was part of a rally at the Sundance Film Festival for Standing Rock -- and Taboo says he will fully continue protesting in N. Dakota ... if it's done the right way. … [Read more...] about Black Eyed Peas’ Taboo Vows to Continue Fighting Dakota Access Pipeline & President Trump
Sushmita Sen had announced her break-up with model Rohman Shawl in early December last year. The actress had stated, "We began as friends, we remain friends. The relationship was long over...the love remains." However, the latest reports suggest that the ex-couple recently met for the first time since their parting ways. A source close to the couple has revealed to BollywoodLife saying that Sushmita Sen and Rohman Shawl met each other for the first time since their split and also travelled together in the actress' car along with another mutual friend of theirs. The source went on to say that the ex-lovers also spoke for some time while waiting for their friend. The source further added that despite their split, Rohman shares a close bond with Sushmita's daughters Renee and Aliseh. Sushmita Sen On Her Breakup With Rohman Shawl: Closure Is Important For Both People So That They Can Move On The source said that Sushmita Sen's daughters are also very close to … [Read more...] about Sushmita Sen and Rohman Shawl Met For The First Time After Their Split?
Canadian Firms Team For Animated Series EXCLUSIVE : Toronto production company Hawkeye Pictures and Ottawa’s Big Jump Entertainment are developing Brian Francis’s novel Fruit as an animated series. The novel was the runner-up for CBC’s Canada Reads in 2009. Set in 1984, Fruit follows the awkward misadventures of fat-and-fabulous 13-year-old Peter Paddington as he navigates life as a total outsider. Bullied everywhere, Peter has only two allies – his opinionated nipples who begin an unwelcome mentorship to help him survive junior high. Screenwriter/director Pat Mills ( Guidance ) is attached to adapt the novel into series. “We are thrilled to be working with Karen, Rick and the whole team at Big Jump, and with the amazing Pat Mills to bring Brian Francis’s funny and beautiful novel to the screen. This feels like the right time to introduce a whole new generation to the wonderful world of Peter Paddington,” said Hawkeye producers Sonya Di Rienzo and Aeschylus Poulos. … [Read more...] about Canadian Firms Team For ‘Fruit’ Animated Series; Outpost VFX Hire In London; JoBlo YouTube Features Expansion — Global Briefs
Bill Maher saved his best for last on his Friday night Real Time on HBO . After bland discussions on civil liberties, Covid-19 rules, affirmative action, and whether actual partisan combat may be brewing, he turned his guns on an unexpected target – the leftist progressives whose crazy demands have turned real life into comedy gold. Maher noted a recent statement by a Fox News commentator, who suggested he’s gearing up to run for president, which critics saw as a sign that he’s changed. “I am not,” he insisted. “I am still the same unmarried, pot-smoking libertine I always was.” The recently turned 66-year-old added, “I have many flaws, but you can’t accuse me of maturing.” “Let’s get this straight,” Maher said. “It’s not me who’s changed, it’s the left. A large contingent has gone mental, and I’m willing to call them out.” That willingness to keep it real, Maher said, shouldn’t make him a hero to Republicans, “where simply acknowledging reality is seen as a … [Read more...] about Bill Maher Fires Back At Those Who Say His Politics Have Changed, Blames Looney Left Policies
Conservative members of the Congress are reportedly encouraging Kid Rock to run for a Tennessee House seat in the 2022 midterms. Politico reported on Friday that “some MAGA members of Congress” are recruiting Kid Rock to run in Tennessee’s 5th Congressional District. The rapper and country music star, however, has given no indication that he is even thinking about running, although he did reportedly joke to one member of Congress who is pushing him to entry the fray that he wouldn’t rule it out because his Michigan “campaign” was so lucrative, according to Politico . Kid Rock’s representatives did not immediately respond to a request for comment from Rolling Stone . Kid Rock has flirted with wading into politics since former President Trump took office, most notably by teasing a 2018 Senate run in Michigan. The musician sold “Kid Rock for U.S. Senate” merchandise, created a campaign website, and made headlines after infusing his concerts with politically charged … [Read more...] about Trumpers in Congress Are Reportedly Pushing Kid Rock to Run for Office — Because of Course They Are