June 17, 2015


Future Non-President Donald Trump Won't Use Neil Young's Music Anymore

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Update: Donald Trump's campaign manager quickly let Rolling Stone know that they're done using Neil Young's "Rockin' in the Free World" for this presidential campaign. "There are plenty of other songs to choose from, despite the fact that Mr. Trump is a big fan and likes Neil very much," says Corey Lewandowski. "We will respect his wish and not use it because it's the right thing to do."

Original Story: Tragic news struck on Tuesday: Donald Trump is, again, running for President. (Of the United States of America. Not of reality TV or asshats.) To get everyone's patriotic hearts pumping before Trump's announcement, the Neil Young classic "Rockin' in the Free World" blasted. That is, as Pitchfork writes, "the same Neil Young who wrote a song about George W. Bush called 'Let's Impeach the President.'"

So yeah, Neil's not into this. A statement from his rep says Trump wasn't authorized to use the track, and that the "Heart of Gold" strummer, "a Canadian citizen, is a supporter of Bernie Sanders for President of the United States of America." 

Rolling Stone got a comment from a Trump spokesperson saying:

"Through a license agreement with [performance-rights organization] ASCAP, Mr. Trump's campaign paid for and obtained the legal right to use Neil Young's recording of 'Rockin' in the Free World' at today's event. Mr. Trump is a huge fan of Neil Young and his music and will continue to be regardless of Neil's political views." 

If Donald Trump wants to be President, he should show it by writing his own single for his next abominable event. Thanks in advance.