Song theft isn’t cool — especially when your song is being used to back something you don’t morally support. It seems like it happens a ton during campaign season, and the latest victims are the Backstreet Boys.
On Wednesday, there was a Trump rally in Ocala, Florida, and allegedly the song “I Want It That Way” was played a bunch. Backstreet Boys got word of it, and they’re not very happy.
You’d think Trump in particular would learn by now. There have been many artists who have publicly shamed him for using their music without permission, including The Rolling Stones, Aerosmith, the White Stripes, Adele, and R.E.M.
As for The Rolling Stones, Mick Jagger mentioned that he’s asked Trump’s camp to stop using “You Can’t Always Get What You Want” (a strange choice, if you think about it) multiple times, but nobody seems to listen.
So, perhaps Trump’s team took that quote to heart. But legal or not, it doesn’t mean that it’s necessarily the right thing to do — especially since artists seem extremely vocal when one of their songs is improperly used.
I guess any publicity is better than no publicity, but — hey, at least the Backstreet Boys are in good company.