Rapper Drake’s appearance at Lil Wayne’s charity event the Lil WeezyAna Fest in New Orleans on Friday has been causing ructions for Tidal, which livestreamed the festival. The New York Post claimed that Apple had threatened to sue Tidal for $20m if Drake appeared on its livestream, citing his $19m exclusive deal with Apple. Tidal then fanned the flames when cutting the audio and video feed during Drake’s two-song performance:
“Apple is interfering with artistry and will not allow this artist to stream. Sorry for Big Brother’s inconvenience.” Yet BuzzFeed then flatly stated that Apple had made no such legal threat: “The decision to not have Drake participate in the Tidal stream has nothing to do with Apple or Drake’s deal,” said his manager. “Point blank, 100%. I made a business decision. Apple doesn’t have the power to stop us from being part of a live stream… They saw the opportunity to take a situation and spin it in their favor as a publicity stunt.” Well, that backfired if so.