Adele, pictured in New York in November 2015, is telling campaigning politicians not to play her songs. (Greg Allen/Invision/AP)

Scoop: Adele tells Trump to stop using her songs

Add Adele to the list of folks who aren’t pleased with Donald Trump.

The Republican presidential candidate has been broadcasting her songs at recent rallies, playing “Rolling in the Deep” at a rally in Oklahoma and “Skyfall” at another in Ohio.

But the hot “Hello” singer is not amused. A representative for Adele told Entertainment Weekly, “Adele has not given permission for her music to be used for any political campaigning.”

Other musicians also have told Trump to back off. Aerosmith’s Steven Tyler, Neil Young and R.E.M.’s Michael Stipe have demanded the candidate not use their music as part of his campaign. In his statement, Stipe called Trump and his supporters “sad, attention-grabbing, power-hungry little men.”

But Dee Snider of Twisted Sister feels otherwise. According to EW, he gave Trump permission to use the band’s 1984 song, “We’re Not Gonna Take It.”

Things apparently are different in the Democrats’ camp. Variety reports that Bernie Sanders has been using Simon & Garfunkel’s “America” in campaign ads, but the campaign got the necessary approvals, a Sanders spokesman said. Art Garfunkel later said he gave his permission for the song to be used.


Kathy Fang, chef and co-owner of San Francisco’s Fang Restaurant (and daughter of Peter Fang of the House of Nanking) has won on Food Network’s “Chopped,” taking top honors in a Chinese New Year-themed episode — which will be repeated on Feb. 4 — in which the chefs had to use Peking duck, chicken feet, red snapper, dragon fruit, turnip cakes, giant fortune cookies, good-luck candy and ginger beer.

In related news, Absinthe sous chef Eric Gibbs also claimed victory on “Chopped” in a brunch battle epsiode. His winning dishes were a salad with bacon and croutons, a chicken and potato hash and doughnuts with a dipping sauce (but his dishes had more ear-grabbing names).


According to TMZ, the American Lung Association called Leonardo DiCaprio’s smoking an e-cigarette at Saturday’s Screen Actors Guild Awards “deeply troubling.” … “Crackhead Bob,” a guest on “The Howard Stern Show” in the late-90s and early 2000s (his real name was George Harvey) has died at 56. ,,, Workaholic Bill Gates, appearing on the BBC’s radio show “Desert Island Discs,” admitted that in the early days of Microsoft, he knew everybody’s license plate so he could look out the parking lot and see when people came in to work.

Actress Gemma Arterton is 30. … Singer Shakira is 39. … Comedian Adam Ferrara is 50. … Model Christie Brinkley is 62. … TV chef Ina Garten is 68. … Singer Graham Nash is 74. … Comedian Tom Smothers is 79.

— Staff, wire reports

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