The cold war between music streaming services heated up Friday night being a surprise collaboration between Drake and Lil Wayne – two rappers scooped up throughout the artist exclusive arms race – caused friction between Tidal and Apple Music. The situation occurred at Lil Wayne’s Lil Weezyana Festival in New Orleans, where Drake stopped by to supply a brief three-song cameo. One problem: Jay Z’s Tidal, which named Lil Wayne as being a co-owner in July, was livestreaming the festival, building a conflict interesting since Drake is Apple Music’s marquee signee.
As a direct result Drake’s appearance, the Tidal live-stream were required to briefly pause even though the Toronto rapper was onstage. “Apple is upsetting artistry and does not allow this artist to stream. Sorry for Big Brother’s inconvenience,” the Tidal Twitter notified listeners as Drake took takes place. “We’ll return after the performance.” Drake performed “HYFR” with Wayne, his remix of Fetty Wap’s “My Way” and “Back to Back” during his unannounced Lil Weezyana appearance. Hotline bling piano notes.
However, in contrast to a New York Post story earlier within the day, Drake’s manager Future the Prince denied Tidal’s claims that Apple Music acted as “Big Brother.” “The decision not to have Drake participate inside the Tidal stream has nothing with regards to Apple or Drake’s deal,” Future the Prince told BuzzFeed. “Point blank, completely. I created a business decision. Apple does not have the power to quit us from being a member of a live stream. The only people that have the energy to do that are Cash Money and Universal, and are generally our partners.” As for why they elected to withhold Drake from your livestream, the rapper’s manager said, “Aesthetics and quality are very important to us and that we didn’t have any treating [the livestream] or time and energy to investigate it.” Check Hotline bling sheet music.
Representatives from Tidal wouldn’t respond to Rolling Stone’s request comment, while an Apple representative referred Rolling Stone on the BuzzFeed article.
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After months of sparring along with his longtime label Cash Money Records, Lil Wayne aligned with Tidal to push out a his Free Weezy Album on July 4th. The LP’s arrival prompted Cash Money to produce a $50 million lawsuit against Jay Z’s high-quality streaming service, claiming they still had exclusive rights to Wayne’s output. Cash Money added that Lil Wayne’s Tidal partnership was “a desperate and illegal try and save their struggling streaming service.”
Drake, meanwhile, signed an upmarket deal with Apple Music reportedly with $19 million. As part of the agreement, Drake hosts their own Beats 1 radio show together with provides the service user generated content, such as the “Energy” music video. Drake have also been on hand to discuss the new music service when Apple announced their new streaming endeavor at the beginning of June.