Brian May, foundingmember of the iconic band Queen, has joined the growing list of famous musiciansthreatening the Donald Trump campover the use of their songs. Ever since becoming the presumptive Republican presidential nominee, Trump has been using their hit "We Are the Champions" as his walk out song during campaign rallies. But according to May, no representatives for Trump ever contacted the band for permission to use their music. May says he's committed to preventing Trump's use of Queen's music in the future.

A growing list of angry songwriters

Queen is hardly the first group to try and prevent Donald Trump from using their music for political purposes.

After Trump's Indiana primary victory earlier this year, he began using several songs by the Rolling Stones at his rallies, including "Start Me Up", "You Can't Always Get What You Want", and "Sympathy for the Devil." He was soon served a Cease and Desist letter by the Stones, and Trump representatives subsequently admitted that they had not obtained permission from the band to use their music. Adele also released a statement around the same time as the Stones, stating that the Trump campaign did not have permission to use her songs "Rolling in the Deep" and "Skyfall," which Trump had also been playing at campaign events. Twisted Sister, a band that had originally given Trump permission to use their famous song "We're Not Gonna Take It," actually withdrew this permission as Trump's campaign progressed.

After Trump used his song "Rockin' in the Free World" without his permission, artist Neil Young released an extensive statement on the connection between music and politics, saying that though he was "glad" that so many people of different beliefs and backgrounds could enjoy.Rock group R.E.M. shared this sentiment after Trump used their hit "It's the End of the World as We Know It (And I Feel Fine)", again without permission during his rallies.

Finally, iconic band Aerosmith was one of the first bands to take on the Trump campaign over the use of their music, despite lead singer Steven Tyler's previous friendship with Trump. Their motivation was primarily over unfair compensation instead of personal beliefs, though, and Tyler said he was trying to set a standard for the use of music in political campaigns, especially for up-and-coming artists.

Trump's response

Throughout this continuing backlash, Donald Trump himself hasn't really responded, leaving his representatives to deal with the controversy. Their response has mainly been that Trump had been picking his music without consulting aides or before the campaign could reach out to the artists for permission to use their music.

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