Republicans Use ‘I Gotta Feeling’ Without Black Eyed Peas’ Permission

Some could say that it was a “good, good night” for the Republican Party on Tuesday at its national convention. Black Eyed Peas lead emcee Will.I.Am wouldn’t be one of those people. The Renaissance man took to Twitter last night and acknowledged that the GOP used The Peas’ anthem “I Gotta Feeling” during its convention in Tampa.

“The #RNC just played #igottafeeling,” tweeted Will. “I gotta feeling there ganna adopt #yeswecan next…united states not divided states #reachforthestars (sic).”

The artist supported President Barack Obama’s 2008 campaign and has long used his platform to push agendas that transcend music, ranging from education to the economy. But despite the message of unity in his initial comment about the Republican Party, Will followed up with a tweet to me, further explaining his stance on the song’s use.

“I didnt allow it, republicans do what ever they want…they used it without permission,” he said in an at reply to my username, “ralphieaversa.” “#igottafeeling they’re having a G.O.P.”

Will made no further comments on Twitter about the song. The artist adds his name to a seemingly ever-growing list of liberal musicians whose music is used by Republicans without permission. Earlier this year, the indie rock outfit Silversun Pickups issued a cease and desist letter to Mitt Romney’s campaign after he played the track, “Panic Switch” at a rally.

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