Pharrell Williams has sent a cease and desist letter to President Donald Trump for playing his song “Happy” at a Midwest rally just hours after the Tree of Life congregation shooting in Pittsburgh.
The singer expressed his anger at the President over the decision to play an inappropriate song at the rally as well as without prior permission.
“On the day of the mass murder of 11 human beings at the hands of a deranged ‘nationalist,’ you played his song ‘Happy’ to a crowd at a political event in Indiana,” writes attorney Howard King in the letter. “There was nothing ‘happy’ about the tragedy inflicted upon our country on Saturday and no permission was granted for your use of this song for this purpose.”
“Pharrell Williams is the owner of the copyright in ‘Happy,’ with the exclusive right to exploit same. Pharrell has not, and will not, grant you permission to publicly perform or otherwise broadcast or disseminate any of his music.”
Williams isn’t the first artist to have asked Trump to stop using his songs. Earlier, several other artists and band have asked Trump to stop using their music for election rallies and other political programs, including Prince, Neil Young, Steven Tyler, R.E.M., Adele, the Rolling Stones and Queen.
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