Isaac Hayes Estate Exploring ‘Legal Options’ Against Trump for ‘Unauthorized’ Song Use

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When former President Donald Trump announced his plans on Tuesday night to run for the White House again, he vowed to “make America great and glorious again.”

But reps for the estate of late music legend Isaac Hayes say there’s nothing great about the Trump campaign’s “unauthorized use” of the song “Hold On, I’m Coming.”

As his supporters gathered for Trump’s 2024 campaign announcement at his Mar-a-Lago estate in Florida, the song from R&B duo Sam & Dave played in the background.

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Hayes co-wrote the 1966 single, and his estate made it clear it wants no connection to Trump.

In a statement on Twitter Tuesday night, the estate blasted the former president for continuing to use the song without permission.

“Once again, the estate and family of Isaac Hayes DID NOT approve the use of ‘Hold on I’m Coming’ by Sam & Dave by Donald Trump at his 2024 Presidential announcement tonight. We are exploring multiple legal options to stop this unauthorized use,” the official @isaachayes account tweeted.

The statement continued in a follow-up tweet.

“Stopping a politician from using your music is not always an easy task, but we are dedicated to making sure that Donald Trump does not continue to use ‘Hold on I’m Coming’ written by Isaac Hayes [and] David Porter, in further rallies and public appearances,” the estate added.

Sam & Dave’s hit single “Hold On, I’m Coming” was released in 1966 by Stax Records. It peaked at #1 on Billboard’s Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart.

This is not the first time Trump has been criticized for using the song. Back in May, the Hayes estate called him out for using the track during a National Rifle Association convention held days after the mass shooting at an elementary school in Uvalde, Texas.

“The estate and family of Isaac Hayes DID NOT approve and would NEVER approve the use of “Hold on I’m coming’” by Sam and Dave by Donald Trump at this weekend’s @NRA convention,” the estate tweeted on May 28, 2022. “Our condolences go out to the victims and families of #Uvalde and mass shooting victims everywhere.”

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Co-writer David Porter also trashed Trump for using the song.

“Someone shared with me Donald Trump used the song ‘Hold On I’m Coming’ for a speaking appearance of his. Hell to the No! I did not and would NOT approve of them using the song for any of his purposes! I also know Isaac’s estate wouldn’t approve as well!” Porter wrote on Twitter.

Trump won the White House in 2016, after defeating Sen. Hillary Clinton in the Electoral College vote. But he lost to then-former Vice President Joe Biden in 2020.

Trump, a disgraced former president who was impeached twice and faces multiple investigations, launched his third White House bid on Nov. 15, just days after several GOP candidates he endorsed in the midterm elections were defeated.

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