Published: Wed, July 26, 2017
Life&Culture | By Kristin Armstrong

Musicians behind Despacito demand Venezuelan leader stop using hit song as 'propaganda'

Musicians behind Despacito demand Venezuelan leader stop using hit song as 'propaganda'

Maduro used the viral song to appeal to voters.

Maduro has called for a vote on July 30 to elect a special assembly that is to draft a new constitution.

In an Instagram post, Daddy Yankee, a Puerto Rican reggaetón star, shared a news story about Maduro with a big red cross drawn across it and accused the Venezuelan leader of using the song without permission. During the television show, the president is seen clapping while the audience is dancing to the song. "At no point was I ever consulted, nor have I authorized the use or change of lyrics of "Despacito" for political ends, much less in the midst of the deplorable situation that is taking place in a country I love as much as Venezuela". He added that his music is for those who want to listen to it and enjoy and not for propaganda.

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Muslim-majority Malaysia has stopped playing the sexually charged song "Despacito" on public broadcast stations, a senior minister said Thursday after critics labelled it un-Islamic. It's often around this time that even the most seemingly world-conquering singles begin to lose just enough steam to be overtaken by a sometimes unforeseen challenger - as happened with "Shape of You" (which succumbed to Kendrick Lamar's "Humble.") and The Chainsmokers' Halsey-featuring "Closer" (which gave way to Rae Sremmurd's "Black Beatles", featuring Gucci Mane), both of which tapped out after 12 weeks atop the Hot 100.

Daddy Yankee also responded on social media, saying Maduro's dictatorial regime is a joke. He captioned the picture, saying: "That you illegally appropriate a song [Despacito] does not compare with the crimes you commit and have committed in Venezuela". More than 90 people have lost their lives in the protests, which could increase as Sunday's elections get closer. Last week, a daylong general strike was organized despite the violent repression of demonstrations, as it was characterized by the Organization of American States.

"Our call to the "Constituent Assembly" only seeks to unite the country". During the 2016 USA presidential election, artists such as the Rolling Stones, Aerosmith and Adele slammed Donald Trump for playing their music at campaign events, while Queen famously ordered the NY real estate mogul to stop using "We Are the Champions" during his appearances.

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