Phil Collins issues cease and desist letter to Trump for use of In the Air Tonight at rally

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  • Phil Collins has sent a cease and desist letter to Donald Trump after unauthorised used of his song In the Air Tonight at a rally.
  • Many have criticised the US president's team for blasting the song which contain lyrics that may be a bit tone-deaf considering the pandemic the world is facing.
  • Phil is not the first artist to take legal action against Trump for unauthorised use of music.


Phil Collins has sent a cease and desist order to Donald Trump's presidential campaign team after the unauthorised use of his song In the Air Tonight at a Trump rally in Iowa, Billboard reports.

According to the publication, use of the song has been met with criticism, with many saying a song with the lyrics "I can feel it coming in the air tonight" may be a bit tone-deaf considering the pandemic the world is facing.

Speaking to Consequence of Sound, a representative for Phil said: "Yes we are well aware of the Trump campaign's use of this song and we have already issued a 'cease and desist' letter via our lawyers who continue to monitor the situation."

Phil Collins is not the first artist to threaten legal action against Trump. 

In June, The Rolling Stones warned the US president that they would take legal action against his use of their track You Can't Always Get What You Want at his rallies.

While in July several artists signed a petition demanding that politicians request permission before using their songs at campaign rallies.

Compiled by Nikita Coetzee

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