Earlier in the year it spawned a meme. Now, it’s spawned a cease and desist.
Phil Collins has issued a cease and desist order to Donald Trump’s presidential campaign after the unauthorized use of his 1981 hit single “In the Air Tonight” at a campaign rally in Iowa on Wednesday night.
The song was played before Trump took the stage in Des Moines, Iowa. “Yes we are well aware of the Trump campaign’s use of this song and we have already issued a ‘cease and desist’ letter via our lawyers who continue to monitor the situation,” a representative for Collins told Consequence of Sound.
CNN cameras picked up the song in the background as analysts were discussing the lack of COVID-19 safety protocols being taken at the event.
Phil Collins is the latest artist to have stated the Trump campaign used their music without authorization. Neil Young, Rihanna, The Rolling Stones, Adele, Pharell, Guns N’ Roses, and R.E.M. are just a few artists that have spoken out.
As we mentioned above, “In the Air Tonight” saw immense success this summer after 21-year-old twins Tim and Fred Williams filmed their reaction to hearing the song for the first time.
Once the drums hit, the pair absolutely lost it and called the song “cold” and “a straight banger.”