Apple reportedly stops Drake from performing on Tidal, threatens $20 million suit (updated)
One of the interesting things with Apple Music when the music streaming was launched was that many artists were signed exclusively to the service. Take for example Young Money rapper Drake; in a deal that’s worth $19 million, streaming rights of his new album is exclusive to Apple Music and he’s expected to make appearances time after time on the talk show at Apple’s Beats 1 online radio.
In a twist of events last week, Drake was performing at fellow rapper Lil Wayne‘s Lil WeezyAna Fest in New Orleans where the latter is raising funds for victims of the Hurricane Katrina that happened 10 years ago. The show, covered by another music steaming service Tidal was briefly removed online when it was Drake’s turn to perform.
According to Tidal, Apple executives have threatened them with a law suit should they hear a single verse from the Started From The Bottom artist on the streaming session. Tidal, owned by hip-hop and business tycoon, Jay Z, has replied journalists saying that Apple said it will seek $20 million compensation should Drake perform at the event, however, Apple kept mum on the matter when e-mailed over the incident.
“Sources familiar with the matter” has told Buzzfeed that the decision to not air Drake’s performance at New Orleans was not Apple’s, rather, it was the artist himself who told Jay-Z’s music streaming service perhaps, in respect with the deal he had with Apple Music, Tidal’s rival.
“The decision to not have Drake participate in the Tidal steam has nothing to do with Apple or Drake’s deal,” Drake’s manager Future the Prince was quoted as saying. “Point blank, 100%. I made a business decision. Apple doesn’t have the power to stop us from being part of a live stream. The only people that have the power to do that are Cash Money and Universal, and they’re our partners.”
“I don’t understand,” “If you’re going to say something about the situation publicly, you should tell the truth. They saw the opportunity to take a situation and spin it in their favor as a publicity stunt,”the manager added.
Apple is yet to respond to questions over issue. At the end of the day, the obvious question is: who is saying the truth and who is lying? It’s a matter of time before we find out who’s playing victim and who the bully is.
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