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Band tells Gingrich to stop using 'How Do You Like Me Now?'

RollingStone.com

Newt Gingrich has been ordered to stop using the song "How You Like Me Now?" on the campaign trail. The GOP presidential hopeful was served a cease and desist notice from Third Side Music, the Montreal-based publishing company that owns the rights to the song.

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Gingrich used the swaggering 2009 hit from the British band the Heavy at a campaign rally in Tampa last week as he tried to hold onto the momentum from his South Carolina primary win.

The Heavy posted a message about the campaign's use of the song on their Facebook page: "If you heard 'How You Like Me Now' being used by Republican, Newt Gingrich, in his campaign, we'd like you to know it had [nothing] to do with us and we are trying to stop it being used."

Tussling over the use of pop songs has become a common feature in political campaigns of recent years. Last June, Tom Petty's management team sent a cease and desist letter to Michele Bachmann to prevent her from using "American Girl" in campaign appearances. That same week, Katrina and the Waves also ordered Bachmann to stop using "Walking on Sunshine."

Jeff Waye of Third Side Music told Canada's Global News that he was surprised to hear that Gingrich was playing "How You Like Me Now?"

"Neither us, nor the band have particularly approved the usage of it," he said.

Also on RollingStone.com:
Tom Petty to Michele Bachmann: Quit Playing 'American Girl'
Katrina and the Waves Join Tom Petty's Fight Against Michele Bachmann
Michele Bachmann Defies Tom Petty's Cease and Desist 
 

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195Comments
Jan 30, 2012 9:18AM
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isn't using a song without permission a violation of law? He has to pay (and request of the songs owner, writer, publisher, performer) to use a piece of music (called a score) like that.  AND in using a song, there are royalties that have to be paid too, per use... (BMI & ASCAP should look into this)
The song he was using was from the British Band 'HEAVY', not the Toby Keith song.. same title, different song.
Here again is a politician who thinks it is okay to step outside of the law and just do as he pleases, with no consequences or thought to his actions.
~Sir Basic

Jan 29, 2012 2:55PM
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They told FOX News not Newt Gingrich !
Jan 29, 2012 1:43PM
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That's right, Stephen....Toby Keith has a song of the same title - apples and oranges.
Jan 29, 2012 1:42PM
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Jalenorrigby

OK fine, but in the realm of creativity, no one is required to do or require anything.
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Actually, that song title is from "Toby Keith"
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