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Trump responds to Young over track spat

By | Published on Thursday 25 June 2015

Donald Trump & Neil Young

So Donald Trump has finally shot back at Neil Young. As you’ll remember, the singer hit out at the billionaire businessman when Trump used Young’s song ‘Rockin In The Free World’ while announcing he was entering the race to become the Republican Party candidate in the next presidential election Stateside.

As previously reported, reps for Young quickly put out a statement insisting they hadn’t cleared the song for use at the Trump event (it wouldn’t need clearing providing the launch venue had a blanket licence from the US collecting societies) and that the singer was a supporter of Bernie Sanders for president of the USA.

Young then wrote himself: “I am glad that so many people with varying beliefs get enjoyment from my music, even if they don’t share my beliefs. But had I been asked to allow my music to be used for a candidate – I would have said no. I am Canadian and I don’t vote in the United States, but more importantly I don’t like the current political system in the USA and some other countries”.

Responding, Trump took to the tweets yesterday to call the musician a hypocrite, because “a few months ago Neil Young came to my office looking for $$ on an audio deal and called me last week to go to his concert. Wow … total hypocrite”.

Young had already admitted that he approached Trump about investing in his Pono music service in his aforementioned post. And the photo of the two men together, which Trump posted yesterday to prove to “non-believers” that the meeting had indeed occurred, was already doing the rounds last week.

But whatever, it doesn’t really matter because, says Trump, he used various songs at his launch event and, as for ‘Rockin In The Free World’… “Didn’t love it anyway”.