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Rihanna condemns Donald Trump for using her music at his “tragic rally”

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SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA - OCTOBER 03: Rihanna attends the Fenty Beauty by Rihanna Anniversary Event on October 3, 2018 in Sydney, Australia. (Photo by Don Arnold/WireImage)

Trump played Don’t Stop The Music at one of his rallies – and Rihanna is furious.

Rihanna’s Don’t Stop The Music was famously heralded as “an amazing bit of euroclub insanity combined with synth and bass” when it first hit the charts back in 2008. Since then, the dance track has been a popular request at pretty much every nightclub, disco, party and wedding, and has been included in countless workout playlists, too.

Now, though, the song can boast the dubious honour of having been played at one of Donald Trump’s political rallies.

“It’s been said a million times, but here’s a million and one — Trump’s rallies are unlike anything else in politics,” tweeted political journalist Philip Rucker.

Describing the surreal scenes, he added: “Currently, Rihanna’s Don’t Stop the Music is blaring in Chattanooga as aides toss free Trump T-shirts into the crowd, like a ball game.

“Everyone’s loving it.”

Rucker went on to say that the music had amped up the crowd, describing the reaction to Trump’s immigration policies (the POTUS promised to “keep criminals and drug dealers the hell out of our country”) as being “most enthusiastic”.

It wasn’t long before the tweets made their way into Rihanna’s feed, prompting the Grammy-award-winning artist to condemn Trump for using their music.

Insisting that the POTUS would not be using her music “for much longer”, she added that neither “me nor my people would ever be at or around one of those tragic rallies, so thanks for the heads up.”

Rihanna’s tweet came just hours after she urged her Instagram followers to vote for Democratic candidate Andrew Gillum for governor of Florida.

“You have the opportunity to make history this election,” she wrote. “The US has only had four black Governors in its entire history, and we can help make #AndrewGillum the next one and Florida’s first!

“If you’re tired of feeling like you don’t matter in the political process, know the most important thing you can do in supporting a candidate is finding someone who will take on critical issues such as: making minimum wage a liveable wage, paying teachers what their worth, ensuring criminal justice reform, making healthcare a right, and repealing Stand Your Ground. That’s a platform we MUST support. Let’s #bringithome, Florida.”

Of course, Rihanna is not the first musician to insist that Trump stop using their songs at rallies. Earlier this year, Pharrell sent the president a legal challenge over his use of the song Happy – and, in 2016, Aerosmith’s frontman Steve Tyler complained about Trump’s use of the band’s song, Livin’ On The Edge.

The estate of Prince also warned the president about playing hit Purple Rain, whilst Adele and REM have also issued statements over Trump’s use of their work.

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Kayleigh Dray is editor of Stylist.co.uk, where she chases after rogue apostrophes and specialises in films, comic books, feminism and television. On a weekend, you can usually find her drinking copious amounts of tea and playing boardgames with her friends. 

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