Counsel for music licensing company, Broadcast Music, Inc (BMI), has written to Vivek 2024 campaign, demanding that they stop using Eminem’s songs on their campaign trail. Vivek Ramaswamy, who is on a campaign trail to get elected as the 2024 Republic Party presidential candidate, has been using Eminem’s song, Loose Yourself, on campaign tours.
Earlier this month in Iowa, the politician and businessman went viral for rapping Eminem’s Oscar-winning song, Loose Yourself, on stage at the Iowa State Fair.
This however, did not go well with the rapper. He then instructed BMI to yank his songs off agreements the Vivek 2024 campaign had signed with them.
On August 23, BMI wrote to Mr. Steve Roberts, Esq, the counsel for Vivek 2024. In this letter, BMI instructed that Ramaswamy’s campaign ceases using Eminem’s songs.
“This letter serves as notice to you pursuant to the BMI Music License for Political Entities or Organizations entered into by Broadcast Music, Inc. (“BMI”) and Vivek 2024 on May 24, 2023 (the “Agreement”) that BMI has received a communication from Marshall B. Mathers, III, professionally known as Eminem, objecting to the Vivek Ramaswamy campaign’s use of Eminem’s musical compositions (the “Eminem Works”) and requesting that BMI remove all Eminem Works from the Agreement.
“As such, pursuant to Paragraph 2(a) of the Agreement, this letter serves as notice that the Eminem Works are excluded from the Agreement effective immediately. BMI will consider any performance of the Eminem Works by the Vivek 2024 campaign from this date forward to be a material breach of the Agreement for which BMI reserves all rights and remedies with respect thereto,” the letter concluded.
But why Eminem doesn’t want Vivek Ramaswamy to use his songs
In the letter addressed to Viveck’s campaign, BMI did not disclose why Eminem does not want the politician to use his songs. Eminem himself, is yet to make any public comments about the issue.
Does Eminem hate Vivek Ramaswamy?
It is obvious that some people may be thinking that Eminem hates Vivek, reason he disapprove of him, using his records on his political platforms. It could be true, and it could not be true.
But there are few reasons why a musician may stop a politician from using his or her songs on campaign platforms. Even if the politician secured the necessary right to use these songs.
Some of these reasons include;
- Disagreement with the politician’s views: The musician may feel that the politician’s views are harmful or offensive, and they may not want to associate their music with those views. For example, Neil Young asked Donald Trump to stop using his song Rockin’ in the Free World at his rallies because Young disagreed with Trump’s policies.
- Concern about the impact of the politician’s use of their music on their own career: Musicians may be concerned that the politician’s use of their music will damage their reputation or alienate their fans. For example, Rihanna asked Donald Trump to stop using her song “Umbrella” at his rallies because she was concerned that it would damage her image.