“The Prince Estate has never given permission to President Trump or The White House to use Prince’s songs and have requested that they cease all use immediately,” reads the statement, which was shared on Twitter by the late pop icon’s former associate Jeremiah Freed, as well as Prince’s brother Omarr Baker.
A Trump rally in South Haven, Miss. last week ft the playing of “Purple Rain,” which led to some pushback at the time from Prince fans.The White House did not immediately respond to a request for comment.
A number of high-profile artists have previously taken issue with President Trump or his team using their music without permission at various events, including Neil Young, Adele, The Rolling Stones, Queen, the estate of George Harrison and Steven Tyler of Aerosmith.
Tyler notably sent a cease and desist letter to Trump earlier this year, demanding he stop playing his band’s music, while Harrison’s estate took a jab at Trump on the former Beatle’s official Twitter page in 2016.
“The unauthorized use of #HereComestheSun at the #RNCinCLE is offensive & against the wishes of the George Harrison estate,” reads the first of two tweets.
“If it had been Beware of Darkness, then we MAY have approved it! #TrumpYourself,” reads the second.