Home Celebrity 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.

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Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. He wrote the Intelligencer column for NY Magazine in the mid 90s, reporting on the OJ Simpson trial, as well as for the real Parade magazine (when it was owned by Conde Nast), and has written for the New York Observer, Details, Vogue, Spin, the New York Times, NY Post, Washington Post, and NY Daily News among many publications. He is 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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