Rihanna and Axl Rose speak out after their music is used at Trump rallies

Rihanna and Axl Rose are the latest stars to express dismay at their music being used at pro-Trump political rallies.

Rihanna spoke out yesterday after learning her song Don’t Stop The Music was played at a Trump rally in Chattanooga. The singer described Trump rallies as “tragic” and stressed she had not authorised her music to be used in such a way.

Meanwhile Rose was irked when the Guns ‘N’ Roses hit Sweet Child O’ Mine was belted out at a political rally. Rose accuses the Trump campaign of using loopholes in the rules about performance licenses to use the music without consent.

All this follows comments made by Pharrell Williams after his song Happy was used at a Trump rally – just hours after the Pittsburgh shootings. Williams sent a cease-and-desist letter to the President following the incident.

“There was nothing ‘happy’ about the tragedy inflicted upon our country…and no permission was granted for your use of this song for this purpose,” he said in a statement.

As the political climate in the States reaches boiling point on the eve of mid-term elections, many top singer-songwriters have joined the fray.

Taylor Swift, who for many years kept her political views to herself, broke ranks to express her support for the Democrats and to speak against anti-LGBT rhetoric.

Carole King came out of retirement to share an anti-Trump song she’d penned, and Barbra Streisand – who has always worn her political heart on her sleeve – released a song which she says was inspired by the President called Don’t Lie To Me.