Skip to main content

Prince estate rebukes Trump campaign over 'Purple Rain' use

The campaign had agreed a year ago to not use the Purple One's songs during events.

President Trump's re-election campaign found itself in hot water with the Prince estate after "Purple Rain" was played in the run-up to the president's rally appearance on Thursday.

Several videos taken inside Target Center showed fans singing along to Prince's most famous hit, which later brought a response from the Prince estate on Twitter.

"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," it wrote.

"The Prince estate will never give permission to President Trump to use Prince’s songs."

The estate posted with the tweet a letter it had received a year ago from the campaign's lawyers, confirming they would refrain from using Prince's music in any of events going forward.

There have been multiple occasions in recent years in which musical acts have objected to their songs being used at the president's campaign events, among them Adele, The Rolling Stones, Queen and the estate of The Beatles' George Harrison.

While playing Prince songs is customary for the warmup of many events in the Twin Cities, its use on Thursday sparked some backlash online.

Next Up

Screen Shot 2022-12-08 at 9.16.18 AM

Animales Barbeque Co. looks to open brick-and-mortar location

The popular food truck has partnered with the owner of Billy Sushi.

Christmas presents

Here are some 2022 holiday shipping deadlines to keep in mind

Most deadlines are a few days before Christmas Eve.

cat

Minneapolis will waive pet adoption fees on Friday

Pet licensing fees still apply to adoptions at the event.

received_5642181912525380

Family who endured car theft ordeal surprised with trip to Universal Orlando

A father rescued his four children after a thief jumped in his car while he was getting something from his trunk.

UgstadRoadJunction

Charges: Teen speeding before crash that killed mother, injured her son

The teenager was driving at speeds between 72-89 mph at the time of the crash.

Northland Vapor in Moorhead, Minn.

Northland Vapor calls St. Paul regulators 'overzealous' in lawsuit over THC sales

The small Minnesota business said the lawsuit was "misleading" and "shameful."

image

Excelsior chocolate shop ransacked by thieves to reopen

Truffle Hill will reopen to the public on Friday.

https://www.dol.gov/sites/dolgov/files/OPA/newsreleases/2022/11/SOLWHDPSSI%20FILINGS.pdf

Company agrees to changes after child workers found in MN meat plants

An investigation found children ages 13-17 working hazardous jobs at the plants.

soda-g7792ca8e9_1280

Drinks can company to lay off almost 100 workers, close St. Paul plant

State authorities were informed of the impending closure.

MinceyMug

Suspect in Minneapolis bar killing charged with weapons crime

The suspect has not been charged with murder in the case as of Wednesday.

Related

Prince Estate to Trump: Quit using his music

One of Prince's most iconic songs has been used at Trump rallies.

Screen Shot 2019-02-28 at 10.45.41 AM

Trump campaign threatens lawsuit after Mpls. asks for rally costs up front

The Trump campaign is accusing Minneapolis of trying to block Thursday's event.

Prince's favorite color WASN'T purple, sister says

Prince's favorite color WASN'T purple, sister says.

First avenue

First Ave. to donate Thursday profits to Planned Parenthood

The legendary Minneapolis venue says the president's views are in conflict with its "core values."

Universal wins publishing rights to Prince's song catalog

Hard luck, Jay Z. The Prince estate has agreed to sell the rights to the Purple One's extensive song catalog to Universal Music Publishing.

Universal wins publishing rights to Prince's song catalog

Hard luck, Jay Z. The Prince estate has agreed to sell the rights to the Purple One's extensive song catalog to Universal Music Publishing.

Trump campaign says rally will go ahead, it won't pay extra costs

It follows a spat between Minneapolis Mayor Jacob Frey and President Trump.