UPDATE: Donald Trump’s campaign manager, Corey Lewandowski, told Rolling Stone that they will refrain from using Young’s music from now on:
We won’t be using it again… There are plenty of other songs to choose from, despite the fact that Mr. Trump is a big fan and likes Neil very much. We will respect his wish and not use it because it’s the right thing to do.
However, Trump’s party claimed to have used the song “Rockin’ In The Free World” rightfully, after signing contracts with ASCAP and BMI:
We’ve done everything legal and by the book… The Trump Campaign for President wrote two checks, which were cashed, and signed two contracts: One was with [performance-rights organization] ASCAP and the other was with BMI. We have two legally binding contracts in place that allow us to go to their repertoire of music and use those [tracks] legally.
Donald Trump just announced his candidacy for president today, blasting Neil Young’s 1989 classic “Rockin’ In The Free World” as he walked onto the stage at Trump Tower. The song is basically a scathing indictment of the George H. W. Bush administration, so it’s a bit of a strange choice for a Republican candidate to use, and unsurprisingly, Neil Young isn’t too happy about that choice. According to an official statement issued by Young’s manager:
Donald Trump was not authorized to use “Rockin’ In The Free World” in his presidential candidacy announcement. Neil Young, a Canadian citizen, is a supporter of Bernie Sanders for President of the United States of America.
Not cool, Trump! You can watch the billionaire mogul’s candidacy announcement and the song’s official video below.