British singer Adele clarified on Monday that she has not given her consent to anyone for using her music during political campaigns. The singer’s spokesman issued a statement after Republican US presidential contender Donald Trump played Adele’s hit 2011 song Rolling in the Deep at rallies in Iowa, USA. Another politician Mike Huckabee had released a YouTube parody last week of her 2015 single Hello.
“Adele has not given permission for her music to be used for any political campaigning,” the singer’s spokesman said in an email. The spokesman did not say whether Adele, whose new album 25 was the biggest seller in the United States last year, was contemplating legal steps to prevent the unauthorized use of her music.
Adele is far from the only pop or rock star to have seen politicians co-opt their music for political purposes. Rock band R.E.M. lashed out in September at Trump for using its hit song, It’s the End of the World at a rally, and Frankie Sullivan complained about the use of the band’s 1982 hit Eye of the Tiger, at a news conference in September featuring Kim Davis, a county clerk in Kentucky briefly jailed for refusing to issue gay marriage licenses.
Meanwhile the British singer’s hold over music charts continues unabated. Adele regained the top spot on Monday on the weekly US Billboard 200 chart. Singer Rihanna’s latest record Anti sold less than 500 copies after a million copies were given away for free, making them ineligible for Billboard charts.
Adele’s record-breaking 25 is still seeing strong sales three months after its release with 116,000 total units sold in the past week, comprising album and song sales and streaming activity, according to figures from Nielsen SoundScan.
Rihanna’s eighth album Anti was released on January 27 exclusively on online music platform Tidal, which charges users upwards of $10 a month. It was released on all other digital platforms, including iTunes and Amazon, two days after the Tidal exclusive.
Anti sold under 500 albums but through a deal with Samsung, a million copies were offered free to fans who signed up for Tidal membership, making them ineligible for Billboard charts rankings, which does not count sales of albums priced under $3.49.
It is likely to climb the chart next week after a full week of sales and release of the physical album in stores on Friday. Through sales of lead single Work, which clocked 126,000 digital downloads and took the top spot on the Digital Songs chart, and more than 4 million streams, Anti came in at No. 27 on the Billboard 200 chart.
Only two new entries debuted in the top 10 of the Billboard 200 chart this week: Heavy metal group Megadeth’s latest album Dystopia opened at No. 3 and the 2016 Grammy nominees album, featuring hits by Kendrick Lamar, Taylor Swift and The Weeknd.