The iconic group was just the latest to have their music borrowed by the 2016 Presidential election’s crop of candidates, and the industry’s biggest names have had enough.
Joining forces for a cheeky – yet catchy – tune on the latest episode of Last Week Tonight with John Oliver, artists Michael Bolton, Usher, Cyndi Lauper, Josh Groban and more lamented politicians’ unauthorized use of their hits.
“If artists want to lend their music to politicians, that’s fine,” Oliver remarked, introducing the video. “But it is not okay for politicians to just take their songs. This happens every single election and it is time for musicians to come together and take a stand.”
Joined by John Cougar Mellencamp, Nancy and Ann Wilson of Heart, and Imagine Dragons’ Dan Reynolds, the group addressed the likes of Trump and Hillary Clinton, singing, “Don’t use our song, cause you used it wrong. It might seem appealing, but you’re just stealing, don’t use our song, it just seems wrong. By the time this tune is through, you’ll be lucky if we don’t sue.”
“We didn’t write these songs to make your campaign stop seem cool,” crooned Sheryl Crow.
Later, Groban added, “The crowd might like it … but you didn’t write it.”
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Queen was just the latest group to lash out at Trump for not getting approval to use their song, “We Are the Champions.”
After using R.E.M’s “It’s the End of the World as We Know It (And I Feel Fine)” at a rally, bassist Mike Mills shared a series of angry messages on Twitter, attributed to lead singer Michael Stipe.