It seems the Backstreet Boys and Donald Trump are two worlds apart.
During a rally for the Republican presidential nominee in Ocala, Florida on Wednesday, the Backstreet Boys ‘90s hit “I Want It That Way” played several times over the loudspeaker — apparently without the group’s permission.
“[The Backstreet Boys] did not approve this and we are not associated with the Trump camp,” Steven Trachtenbroit, a publicist for the group, told The Daily Beast. The band members — Nick Carter, A.J. McLean, Brian Littrell, Kevin Richardson, and “Howie D.” Dorough — have not commented directly about the campaign’s use of their song. (Incidentally, Carter’s brother and fellow musician Aaron Carter publicly rescinded his support for Trump earlier this week.)
BSB aren’t the first musicians whose music was used by Trump’s campaign without permission. Air Force One producer Gail Katz sent a letter in July demanding that the campaign cease using Jerry Goldsmith’s theme song from the film. And in June, Queen band member Brian May slammed Trump for using “We Are The Champions” without permission and pledged “to dissociate ourselves from Donald Trump’s unsavoury campaign.”
The Backstreet Boys are preparing for their long-awaited comeback in the form of a Las Vegas residency at the AXIS at Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino, starting March 1, 2017.