Eminem Authorizes Song ‘Lose Yourself’ For Joe Biden Campaign’s Get-Out-The Vote Ad
Eminem has allowed the use of one of his songs, Lose Yourself, for Joe Biden’s presidential campaign, a rare case where he has allowed such use of his work.
The singer, aka Marshall Mathers, also tweeted out the spot with the message, “One opportunity… #Vote”
Other musicians also have allowed the use of their music in campaign spots. Taylor Swift allowed Only the Young to be used in a Biden/Harris spot send out by Rep. Eric Swalwell’s leadership PAC. The Beastie Boys authorized the Biden campaign’s use of the song Sabotage, but the spot was reportedly taken down after one of the figures shown in the spot received a backlash from Trump supporters.
The 45-second spot featuring Eminem’s work is called “One Opportunity,” is aimed at getting out the vote. It features images of Biden and his campaign bus, as well as Kamala Harris.
The Biden campaign also has debuted a spot narrated by Bruce Springsteen and featuring excerpts from My Hometown.
The Trump campaign has gotten a number of legal threats and requests to stop using music, from artists including The Rolling Stones and the family of Tom Petty. But he’s lately been using The Village People’s YMCA at rallies, and even dancing to it. The group’s lead singer, Victor Willis, told the BBC last week that he has not endorsed Trump “nor has the Village People.” Willis said that although they have asked the Trump campaign to stop playing their music, blanket licensing laws allow him to “play our music anytime he wants to at any venue.”
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