Is Apple dictating Drake’s musical performances now? Over the weekend, Apple allegedly threatened to sue Tidal if the company live-streamed Drizzy’s showcase. Who actually decided to pull the plug?
Long story short: Drake. It could be that Drizzy didn’t want the negative attention on his most recent music wave.
As Aubrey Graham states on “Energy,” “Got a lot of people tryin’ to drain me of my energy. Tryin’ to take the wave from a n***a…”
But, that’s possibly not the case. Drake’s industry friends, Lil’ Wayne and Jay-Z — along with many others — have much at stake and invested in the music company Tidal. Although Graham chose the Apple route, he’s probably not trying to see his co-workers caught up in such a lawsuit. It’s totally avoidable, but was there ever a situation to avoid?
BuzzFeed News reports that Drake’s manager manager made the call to pull the live-stream from Lil’ Weezyana Fest — not Apple.
The news medium mentions that Apple didn’t know about the performance at all.
“The decision to not have Drake participate in the Tidal steam has nothing to do with Apple or Drake’s deal. 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 [Tidal] saw the opportunity to take a situation and spin it in their favor as a publicity stunt.”
Drake’s manager also noted that the performance’s stream was pulled because it wasn’t affirmed that the showcase would “represent them in the right way,” as reports the Verge.
However, Tidal maintains the counter-argument that it has the “paper trail” to prove its position. Yet, will they release it? Maybe not, according to its statement to the source.
“We have all the email receipts and written correspondence that took place with said, blocked performance. That being said we choose to keep it classy. Great show to all the performers. Great performance Wayne. God Bless New Orleans. 10 years stronger.”
Page Six noted a source’s statement. It mentioned that legal letters had been sent to Tidal forewarning them of the impending suit if the company would not take Apple’s Drake-demand seriously. Seemingly, this is how it all began.
Nevertheless, one way or the other, it’s speculated that things could be different than they appear — from both ends of the spectrum. The Verge mentions the possibility of Tidal misleading fans to think Apple was trying to hurt fans and other artists involved
Drake could also be covering for Apple since he has such a significant deal with the company.
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