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Entertainment Village People Share Last Word on ‘Bully’ Trump Playing ‘YMCA’ At Farewell Event

22:32  21 january  2021
22:32  21 january  2021 Source:   billboard.com

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The Village People had a pointed response to " bully " ex-president Donald Trump playing their song "Y.M.C.A." one more time against their wishes at his sparsely attended farewell event at Joint Base Andrews on Wednesday (Jan. 20). For years Trump ignored pleas from a long list of famous acts to

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The Village People had a pointed response to “bully” ex-president Donald Trump playing their song “Y.M.C.A.” one more time against their wishes at his sparsely attended farewell event at Joint Base Andrews on Wednesday (Jan. 20).

For years Trump ignored pleas from a long list of famous acts to cease and desist from using their music during his rallies and political events, but he did it one more time in his final address, blasting the Village People’s iconic 1978 disco song.

“We have no ill will towards the president, but we asked him to cease and desist long ago,” reads a statement from the group to Billboard. “However, since he’s a bully, our request was ignored. Thankfully he’s now out of office, so it would seem his abusive use of our music has finally ended. We hope to spearhead a change in copyright law that will give artists and publishers more control over who can and cannot use our music in the public space. Currently there is no limit to blanket licensing.”

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The Village People have asked Donald Trump to stop playing their music at his rallies. The disco group’s songs “Y.M.C.A.” and “Macho Man” In a statement posted on Facebook, The Village People frontman Victor Willis revealed he was prompted to take a stand after Trump seemingly threatened to

The opening track and lead single of the Village People ’s 1978 album Cruisin'. This song repeatedly used the motif of “Young Man”. The person singing the song is the “Young Man” going back and telling him to go to the YMCA and live a happy life at the YMCA .

Another artist who took issue with Trump flouting the wishes of a musician not interested in being associated with his divisive policies and pronouncements was the legacy manager for Laura Branigan, who once again criticized the former reality show host for playing her client’s signature song “Gloria” at the tarmac gathering.


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“‘Gloria’ is a great, energetic anthem that for decades has evoked many good feelings, memories of times and places, etc. for so many across the globe, and that’s the association that Laura would want, and that I do as her legacy manager,” Kathy Golik told TMZ. “It’s about not giving the power to those who do not deserve it, to change all the good that people have always felt about ‘Gloria’ — to take the song back and restore it, and in turn, Laura’s legacy, once again.”

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Trump , the first president in more than 150 years to refuse to attend his successor's inauguration, is expected to spend the final minutes of his presidency at his Outgoing President Donald Trump made a brief speech before departing Washington, DC, ahead of President-elect Joe Biden's inauguration.

20, 2021, President Donald Trump and first lady Melania Trump left the White House for the last time. After a short helicopter ride on Marine One to Joint Base Andrews, he gave a farewell speech, telling the audience, "Have a good life. We will see you soon," before flying home to Florida on Air Force One.

“Gloria” was also played by Trump’s team inside a tent just before the violent riot by his supporters ahead of their attack on the U.S. Capitol on Jan. 6, with members of his family seen dancing to the track. Golik tweeted that it was “absolutely appalling” to hear the song being played in the Trump tent given the “tragic, unsettling, & shameful happenings that occurred at the US Capitol.” The riot resulted in the deaths of five people, including a Capitol Police officer who died from injuries suffered in a clash with the angry mob. Golik could not be reached for additional comment at press time.

Trump was sued several times by artists who objected to his use of their music at his rallies, including by Neil Young and Eddy Grant, whose 1983 hit “Electric Avenue” was the soundtrack to a bizarre Trump campaign video last year. In November, the notoriously litigious real-estate mogul’s lawyers filed for a dismissal of the copyright infringement case brought by Grant by arguing that their use of the track in an animated campaign video mocking Joe Biden was covered by fair use provisions.

Over the past five years, artists from Adele to Bruce Springsteen, Elton John, R.E.M., Aerosmith, Panic! at the Disco, Guns N’ Roses, The Rolling Stones, Rihanna and the estates of Leonard Cohen, Tom Petty and Prince have vociferously objected to Trump playing their music at his rallies.

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