And now, music news from the Robert Mueller investigation into Donald Trump

If you been following the dumpster fire that is US politics (I can’t help it; it’s the car crash spectacle that just keeps on giving), you may have run across the name Emin Agalarov.

He’s a Russian pop star who was involved in setting up that infamous 2016 meeting at Trump Tower between some of Donald’s associates and some Russian operatives who promised to give the Trump campaign some dirt on Hillary Clinton. At that meeting were Donald Jr, Jared Kushner, and Paul Manafort

Agalarov’s fathers is a billionaire oligarch (is that redundant?) named Aras Agalarov, who is close with Vladimir Putin. The Agalarovs partnered with the Trump Organization in hosting the Miss Universe pageant in 2013, which, as you probably know, was held in Moscow. And that’s when the much-rumoured “pee tape” was said to have been shot at the Ritz-Carlton Hotel.

That same year, Trump himself appeared in one of Emin’s music videos.

There was another video this year featuring a Trump lookalike.

So where am I going with all this? Not sure, other that Special Prosecutor Robert Mueller says he wants to interview Emin about…something.

If anything resembling the story of the Trump administration had been pitched in a novel, every publisher in the known galaxy would have rejected the manuscript on the basis of it being too fantastical. Yet here we are.

 

Alan Cross

is an internationally known broadcaster, interviewer, writer, consultant, blogger and speaker. In his 30+ years in the music business, Alan has interviewed the biggest names in rock, from David Bowie and U2 to Pearl Jam and the Foo Fighters. He’s also known as a musicologist and documentarian through programs like The Ongoing History of New Music.

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