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Watch Josh Groban, Cyndi Lauper, Usher and many others tell politicians 'Don't Use Our Song'
By
Del Cowie

Published

July 25, 2016

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At last week's Republican National Convention in Cleveland, Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump drew the ire of Queen guitarist Brian May when he used the British group's huge hit "We are the Champions" as entrance music. It wasn't the only unauthorized use of music to happen at the convention: Earth Wind and Fire also objected to the use of its song "September," and the Rolling Stones did not give permission for the use of "You Can't Always Get What You Want."

The unauthorized use of songs by politicians at conventions has a long history beyond this recent Republican convention, however, and a brief history of the practice was outlined on Last Week Tonight with John Oliver this past weekend.

"It is time for musicians to come together and take a stand!" Oliver said, and soon a song called "Don't Use Our Song" — written in the style for superstar collective charity efforts — begins. The video features humorous lyrics and appearances by stars such as Usher, Josh Groban, Heart, Sheryl Crow, Cyndi Lauper, John Mellencamp, Michael Bolton and Dan Reynolds. Watch the video below.