Stop Using My Song: 35 Artists Who Fought Politicians Over Their Music

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Sting vs. George W. Bush
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Sting vs. George W. Bush

When: 2000
Song: "Brand New Day"
Controversy: Sting's upbeat hit was on regular rotation at Bush events until the artist asked the campaign to stop playing it. Salon quoted manager Miles Copeland as saying that, as a Brit, Sting simply didn't want to take sides in U.S. politics. But the song was being heavily used by the Gore campaign too, and though Copeland claimed in the Salon piece that Gore's folks would soon be asked to stop as well, such action never came to pass.
Result: The Bush folks pulled the plug on the song, and in 2009, Sting and Al had brunch.

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