NEW YORK • What United States President Donald Trump says may be music to his supporters, although most of the musicians he cites could beg to vary, off or on the report.
Last week, he informed a crowd in Montana: “I have damaged extra Elton John information. And I, by the best way, I do not have a musical instrument.
“Elton has an organ. And plenty of different folks serving to.
“No, we’ve broken a lot of records. We’ve broken virtually every record.”
It is unclear what meaning, if something. But it’s consistent with his curiosity in well-liked music basically.
Here are a few of his extra fascinating dalliances with pop music.
Elton John: Mr Trump has mentioned he’s a fan of the singer. In his 2004 e-book Think Like A Billionaire, he listed John alongside Frank Sinatra and Tony Bennett as his favourites.
“I never get tired of listening to them and probably never will,” he wrote. “Any album by any of them is bound to be fantastic.”
He famously co-opted the title of John’s music a few lonely astronaut right into a nickname for Mr Kim Jong Un, repeatedly calling the North Korean chief Rocket Man.
John has remained comparatively quiet about Mr Trump. But he did say in 2016 that he wished Mr Trump wouldn’t use his music at rallies.
“I don’t really want my music to be involved in anything to do with an American election campaign,” he informed the Guardian. “I’m British. I’ve met Donald Trump, he was very nice to me, it’s nothing personal.”
Eminem: Mr Trump said in Think Like A Billionaire: “I also love Eminem.”
But the rapper has no affection to return. Eminem launched a four-minute freestyle rap referred to as The Storm, a dismantling of the President, which he debuted on the televised BET awards in October.
In it, he referred to as Mr Trump a “racist grandpa” and rapped: “This is his form of distraction/Plus, he gets an enormous reaction.”
Lady Gaga: Mr Trump seems to assume that he’s considerably chargeable for the singer’s success – to her chagrin.
“I personal the Miss Universe pageant and have made it very, very profitable. One day, my folks got here to me and informed me a few younger lady they referred to as Lady Gaga, whom no one had ever heard of.
“We put her on because the entertainer in the course of the pageant, which is broadcast internationally. I assumed, ‘Wow, she is absolutely, actually good.’ The subsequent day, it was loopy. Everybody was speaking about how good Lady Gaga was…
“Well, she became a big star and maybe she became a star because I put her on the Miss Universe pageant. It’s very possible,” he wrote in 2011’s Time To Get Tough.
The pop star has not commented on this declare, however has taken Mr Trump to process time and again. She additionally staged a protest outdoors Trump Tower simply earlier than the election.
Kanye West: Unlike a lot of his contemporaries, the rapper stunned everybody by wholeheartedly embracing the President.
West, at his 2016 present in San Jose, California, mentioned: “I told y’all I didn’t vote, right? But if I would have voted, I would have voted for Trump.”
The crowd booed loudly, however he by no means backed down. Two years later, he took to Twitter to help Mr Trump.