Adele objects to songs being used in political campaigns

NEW YORK • British singer Adele made clear on Monday that she has not given permission for anyone to use her music for political campaigns.

Her spokesman issued a statement after Republican United States presidential contender Donald Trump played her 2011 hit song Rolling In The Deep at rallies in Iowa and fellow Republican contender Mike Huckabee 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," her spokesman said in an e-mail.

The spokesman did not say whether the singer was contemplating legal steps to prevent the unauthorised use of her music.

US candidates, especially those on the right, have repeatedly faced a backlash when playing well- known songs.

Mr Trump earlier in his campaign played Neil Young's Rockin' In The Free World and R.E.M.'s It's The End Of The World As We Know It (And I Feel Fine), triggering furious protests from the artists known for their left-leaning views.

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