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Donnie’s making headlines once again! During one of the Trump’s rallies the President thought he could make a stage entrance to Pharrell William’s 2013 hit song “Happy” and Pharrell is not having it! Williams had his lawyer send Trump a cease and desist letter stating that Donnie may not use the song without Pharrell’s permission. Williams isn’t happy President Trump played the singer’s upbeat song at a rally Saturday just hours after a gunman killed 11 people at a Pittsburgh synagogue.

“On the day of the mass murder of 11 human beings at the hands of a deranged ‘nationalist’, you played his song “Happy” to a crowd at a political event in Indiana,” Howard E. King, on behalf of Williams, wrote in the letter obtained by Fox News. “There was nothing “happy” about the tragedy inflicted upon our country on Saturday and no permission was granted for your use of this song for this purpose.”

On Sunday November 4th, Trump hosted another rally in Tennessee but this time he decided to play Rihanna’s 2008 hit song “Don’t Stop the Music”. Rihanna and her legal team sent Trump a cease and desist letter as well because “she doesn’t want her music being associated with trumps ‘tragic rallies’.”

Phil Rucker, Political Analyst for MSNBC & NBC News tweeted on Sunday “It’s been said a million times, but here’s a million and one-Trump’s rallies are unlike anything else in politics. 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”

Rihanna responded and said, “Not for much longer… me nor my people would ever be at or around one of those tragic rallies, so thanks for the head’s up Phillip!”

The letter also states that Rihanna doesn’t permit Trump to use any of her songs at his rallies, and if he does it again she will sue him. Trump might have to start playing some elevator music at his rallies because Rihanna is just one of the many celebs who have asked Trump to stop playing their music.

Prince’s estate wants the president to stop playing “Purple Rain”, lead vocalist Axl Rose from Guns N’ Roses doesn’t want him playing “Sweet Child of Mine”, the Rolling Stones would like him to nix their hit “You Can’t Always Get What You Want”, Neil Young is a Canadian singer-songwriter and musician doesn’t want him to play “Rockin In The Free World”, and Steven Tyler, who has been sending cease and desist letters to Donnie isn’t tolerating his antics with continuous use of his music.

At President Donald Trump’s Tuesday rally in West Virginia, Aerosmith’s “Livin’ on the Edge” blasted through the speakers as early arrivals found their seats, despite the fact that front man, Steven Tyler, sent the Trump campaign a pair of cease-and-desist letters in 2015 for its use of the band’s music.

Tyler sent Trump a cease-and-desist letter through attorney Dina LaPolt, noting that because Trump had already received letters “not once, but two times” from Tyler in 2015 regarding the use of Aerosmith songs. The playing of “Livin’ on the Edge” Tuesday night was “clearly willful, subjecting Mr. Trump to the maximum penalty under the law” said LaPolt.

Steven tweeted a few months ago, “This is not about DEM. vs. REPUB. I do not let anyone use my songs without my permission. My music is for causes not for political campaigns or rallies. Protecting copyright and songwriters is what I’ve been fighting for even before this current administration took office.”

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Hi! My name is Luiza Diaz and I am a senior here at Lyman. This is my first year working on the newspaper staff. I am a member of the swimming, lacrosse,...

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  1. John Jiler on December 14th, 2018 9:30 pm

    THE NOTORIOUS NINETEEN
    Dear High School Journalist;
    Autumn is deepening, and seniors are thinking harder and harder about their next step. For many of us, your generation is the hope of the future. The Parkland high school shootings galvanized young people across the nation to passionately advocate for common sense gun laws. Now, as your attention turns to college, we want to turn our admiration into action.
    With the help of the Brady Center, the new Gabby Giffords consortium, Everytown for Gun Safety and the Columbia Scholastic Press Association, we’ve reached out to high school journalists across the country with our list of the NOTORIOUS NINETEEN—the states with dangerous, inadequate gun laws. Many of them condone the open carry of weapons on college campuses; others simply turn a blind eye to the potential for gun violence in their state. Our mission has been to make these places known to high school seniors. We’re encouraging them NOT to apply to college in…
    ALABAMA, ALASKA, ARIZONA, ARKANSAS, FLORIDA, GEORGIA, IDAHO, KANSAS, KENTUCKY, MISSISSIPPI, MISSOURI, MONTANA, NEW HAMPSHIRE, NORTH DAKOTA, OKLAHOMA, TEXAS, UTAH, WEST VIRGINIA, or WYOMING.
    Sadly, your state is on this list. You’re no doubt very proud of the place you live, and you should be. But the gun violence epidemic in this country has taken too many lives, and things must change. You can be part of that change, by encouraging your elected officials and your families and your friends to think about some serious questions. Should teenagers be able to order AR-15s through the mail? Should people with a history of mental illness be allowed easy access to guns? If you feel the answer to these questions is “no,” we all have a lot of work to do!
    Thank you for considering the publication of this letter in your newspaper. Good luck with your own decision about college, and have a safe and prosperous senior year!
    Best,
    John Jiler,
    Coordinator,
    Committee for Scholastic Action On Guns

    https://sites.google.com/site/committeescholasticactionguns/home?previewAsViewer=1

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