Isaac Hayes’ estate threatens legal action over Trump’s use of song at campaign launch

Written by on November 16, 2022

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The estate of the late Isaac Hayes is not at all happy that Donald Trump used one of his songs at the event announcing his 2024 bid to become president again.

The soul legend’s estate was particularly upset that during this week’s event at Trump’s Mar-A-Lago estate, he played the Sam and Dave song “Hold On I’m Coming,” which was written by Hayes and David Porter, and they are now considering legal action in the matter.

“Once again, the estate and family of Isaac Hayes DID NOT approve the use of ‘Hold On I’m Coming’ by Sam and Dave by Donald Trump at his 2024 Presidential announcement tonight,” the estate tweeted. “We are exploring multiple legal options to stop this unauthorized use.” They add, “Stopping a politician from using your music is not always an easy task, but we are dedicated to making sure that Donald Trump does not continue to use ‘Hold on I’m Coming’ …in further rallies and public appearances.”

This isn’t the first time Trump has been called out for using an artist’s music without getting permission. Over his political career, artists such as Elton John, Bruce Springsteen, R.E.M., The Rolling Stones and more have publicly denounced his use of their tunes.

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