Pharrell Williams Asks Trump Not to Play ‘Happy’
Singer Pharrell Williams has warned US President Donald Trump against playing his “Happy” song after it was used at a rally just hours after the Pittsburgh synagogue shooting.
Williams’ attorney Howard E. King sent a cease-and-desist letter to Trump on Monday after “Happy” was played at his Saturday rally in Murphysboro in Illinois, reports variety.com.
“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,” King said in the letter.
“There was nothing ‘happy’ about the tragedy inflicted upon our country… and no permission was granted for your use of the song…,” he added.
The letter continued, ” Pharrell Williams is the owner of the copyright in ‘Happy,’ with the exclusive right to exploit same. Pharrell has not, and will not, grant you permission to publicly perform or otherwise broadcast or disseminate any of his music.”
Eleven people from the age group of 54 to 97 were gunned down on October 28 at the Tree of Life synagogue, where three separate congregations were holding services, reports
Williams is the latest artist to threaten legal action against Trump if the president continued to play their music at his pre-midterm rallies: Earlier this month, Prince’s estate asked Trump to cease using “Purple rain” at rallies, while Steven Tyler issued a cease-and-desist letter in August after Trump’s rallies broadcasted Aerosmith’s “Livin’ on the Edge.”