What is it with politicians using music without permission? I mean, you think they would at least double-check with the artist and/or their label first. But nope, they’re still pulling shit like this, with the latest example coming four days ago during Republic presidential hopeful Newt Gingrich’s rally in Tampa, Fla.
According to their publicist, the Heavy’s “How You Like Me Now?” was used during the rally. And the British funk-soul-rock band isn’t happy about it. Here’s the statement they issued:
Counter Records/Ninja Tune artist The Heavy has been wrongfully affiliated with a political campaign without their consent. Their song ‘How You Like Me Now?’ was used – without permission – in Newt Gingrich’s recent rally in Tampa on January 23, 2012. The majority of media has mistakenly credited it as a Toby Keith song of the same name.
Counter Records/Ninja Tune would like to officially state that The Heavy do not endorse this usage, nor do they wish to be associated with any political party without consent. The band has requested that this usage stops immediately.