Axwell & Ingrosso send cease-and-desist letter to GOP candidate Marco Rubio
GOP presidential candidate Marco Rubio revealed to CNN in October his proclivity for electronic music, citing his admiration for the “real genius and 21st-century ability” to incorporate samples into music and meld traditional and modern sounds into a motivational result. Tiësto, The Weeknd, and Drake all made the short list of Rubio’s favorite artists. The Florida senator now faces an unexpected obstacle in expressing his love for EDM after receiving a cease-and-desist letter from Axwell & Ingrosso for playing “Something New” at rallies.
Rubio doesn’t seem to be too worried about the Swedish group’s request and its effect on his relatability, however. In a rally with students at South Carolina’s Furman University last week, Rubio joked: “electronic dance music — I’m a fan of. We just can’t play it ’cause none of the DJ guys — they all send us letters, ‘Don’t play my music. I’m Swedish. I don’t care about American politics.”
Rubio isn’t the first Republican candidate to play music without permission at political rallies; back in October, Steven Tyler asked Donald Trump to stop playing Aerosmith’s “Dream On.”