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Prince’s Estate Blasts Trump for Playing ‘Purple Rain’ Again at Rally

Prince’s Estate Blasts Trump for Playing ‘Purple Rain’ Again at Rally

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President Donald Trump was slammed by Prince’s estate Thursday for playing the singer’s iconic song “Purple Rain” during a campaign rally held in Minneapolis, Minn., earlier that evening.

“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 of Prince Rogers Nelson said on Twitter late Thursday.

“The Prince Estate will never give permission to President Trump to use Prince’s songs,” the estate said.

Prince’s estate’s official Twitter account also posted a copy of a 2018 letter from attorney Megan Newton confirming that the president’s campaign agreed to requests not to play the artist’s music during campaign rallies and other events.

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Musician Prince performs the Chaka Khan tribute onstage at the 2006 BET Awards at the Shrine Auditorium on June 27, 2006 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Frazer Harrison/Getty Images)

In the same tweet, the estate embedded a letter dated “October 15, 2018,” showing the Trump campaign agreed to stop using Prince’s music.

It reads: “… to avoid any future dispute, we write to inform that the Campaign will not use Prince’s music in connection with its activities going forward.”

The Trump campaign has heard this tune before. “Stop playing our music.”

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Musician Prince performs onstage at the 2006 BET Awards at the Shrine Auditorium on June 27, 2006 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Frazer Harrison/Getty Images)

The list includes Ozzy Osbourne, Rihanna, Adele, Neil Young, George Harrison’s estate, Steven Tyler and Pharrell Williams.

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