“President Trump played Prince’s ‘Purple Rain’ tonight at a campaign event in Minneapolis despite confirming a year ago that the campaign would not use Prince’s music,” the estate said in a Twitter message. “The Prince estate will never give permission to President Trump to use Prince’s songs.”
The message included a letter from a lawyer for the Trump campaign dated nearly a year ago in response to a complaint from the estate. It said “without admitting liability, and to avoid any future dispute, we write to confirm that the campaign will not use Prince’s music in connection with its activities going forward.”
President Trump played Prince’s “Purple Rain” tonight at a campaign event in Minneapolis despite confirming a year ago that the campaign would not use Prince’s music. The Prince Estate will never give permission to President Trump to use Prince’s songs. pic.twitter.com/FuMUPzSWOe
— Prince (@prince) October 11, 2019
Neil Young, Adele, the Rolling Stones and Elton John are among the many artists who have objected to the use of their songs by the Trump campaign.
The complaint from the Prince estate came amid a cascade of furious tweets from Prince fans about the president’s use of “Purple Rain.”
Playing Prince before a Trump rally in Minneapolis is sacrilege pic.twitter.com/NPyrLqGWTJ
— Aaron Rupar (@atrupar) October 11, 2019
Sue the bastards.
— 🇺🇸 𝘗𝘪𝘵𝘩𝘺 𝘗𝘢𝘤𝘬𝘺 🇳🇱 (@pithypacky) October 11, 2019
Keep at him - Prince would never want his songs played at a Trump rally. TY
Why isn’t he playing Kid Rock?
— flora (@floramcg7) October 11, 2019
prince sweetie i’m SO SORRY
— 𝐣𝐨𝐬𝐡 | 𝐁𝐋𝐌 (@joshspositions) October 11, 2019
Also he definitely meant to cause us pain
— Jesse “Boo Wave” Bacon (@trayf) October 11, 2019
I hope you go after them for every penny and that the resulting money goes toward music programs for refugees.
— F. Quick (@quick13) October 11, 2019
This article originally appeared on HuffPost.