Prince would likely roll over in his grave if he heard Donald Trump using his music at his political rallies. Therefore, the Prince Estate has taken measures to prevent 45 from blasting “Purple Rain” during his events.
According to the Star Tribune, the Prince Estate issued a statement via Twitter.
“The Prince Estate has never given permission to President Trump or the White House to use Prince’s song and have requested that they cease all use immediately,” the statement read.
“The Prince Estate has never given permission to President Trump or The White House to use Prince’s songs and have requested that they cease all use immediately.”
— Omarr Baker (@PRNFamily) October 12, 2018
The message was reportedly sent on behalf of the estate by longtime Prince associate Jeremiah Freed — otherwise known as Dr. Funkenberry — and it was retweeted by Prince’s half- brother, Omarr Baker.
Trump played the song during a rally in South Haven, Mississippi just last week.
This has becoming a growing trend among artists of similar stature. Steven Tyler’s lawyer fired off cease and desist letters after Trump played several of Aerosmith’s songs, while The Rolling Stones also issued a letter during the 2016 campaign after Trump used “Start Me Up.”
“Purple Rain” marked a defining moment in Prince’s career. It’s included on the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame’s list of 500 songs that shaped rock and roll.
In 2016, it re-entered the Billboard Hot 100 following his death, peaking at No. 4.