Saturday, June 15, 2024

Recording Artist K’Naan to Mitt Romney: Stop Using My Song


K’Naan, one of my favorite singers, is not happy with Mitt Romney. After the Republican hopeful used K’Naan’s international hit, “Waving  Flag,” to celebrate his Florida primary win, K’Naan issued this statement:

A&M/Octone recording artist K’NAAN was dismayed to learn that his song “Waving Flag” was used by Mitt Romney in his speech last night following Florida’s Republican primary.

The artist was not aware that the song would be used by Romney and the campaign is not something K’NAAN endorses.

“I have not been asked for permission by Mitt Romney’s campaign for the use of my song. If I had been asked, I would certainly not have granted it. I would happily grant the Obama campaign use of my song without prejudice.”

K’NAAN is currently seeking legal action so that further use of the song by Romney’s campaign can be prevented.

Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.

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