Musicians who stopped Trump from using their tunes

Village People singer demands Trump stop unauthorized use of hit 'Macho Man' at Mar-A-Lago

Stars Insider

17/05/23 | StarsInsider

MUSIC Politics

Few presidents have polarized the world like former president Donald Trump. Once the world's most powerful man, Trump has always been a controversial figure.

At his rallies, Trump has played some of the most iconic music ever, much to the dismay of many iconic musicians who don't support his policies or rhetoric one bit. With his 2016, 2020, and now 2024 campaign, he continues to run into the same problem. 

The latest of which is with the Village People, as lead singer Victor Willis has formally sent a cease-and-desist demanding that the former president stop what are alleged to be unauthorized performances of the band’s 1978 hit 'Macho Man' at his Mar-a-Lago resort. According to HuffPost, the letter was sent in response to a viral video clip which showed Trump dancing to a performance of the song by a group of men costumed as if they were the classic disco band. The letter argued that “many fans and the general public ... mistakenly believe” the group in the video is the actual Village People, and subsequently put Trump on notice for potential violation of US trademark law.

Trump's lawyer Joseph Tacopina told TMZ, "They should be thankful that President Trump allowed them to get their name back in the press." He added, “I haven’t heard their name in decades. Glad to hear they are still around.” That claim seems to be false, however, as Trump has often used the Village People's music at rallies and even during his presidency. 

Click through to meet  the musicians who have tried to stop Trump from using their songs.

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