Tidal claimed that Apple threatened Lawsuit over Drake’s Performance Stream at Lil Wayne’s Hurricane Katrina Benefit Show
However, BuzzFeed has provided us with the facts to put the story together. Basically, the decision to not allow the stream was in no way connected to Apple, but Drake’s own request. Confirmed by Drake’s manager Future The Prince.
Below are the conversations between BuzzFeed and the sources.
“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 told BuzzFeed News. “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.”
So why is Tidal very publicly saying otherwise? Not only did the company take to Twitter to lambaste Apple for interfering with its stream, but it also blacked out what would have been Drake’s portion of the stream with a slide lambasting Apple as a Big Brother “interfering with artistry.”
“I don’t understand,” Future said. “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.”
As for the rationale for withholding Drake’s performance from the live stream of a benefit concert, Future insisted it was related to Drake’s image — not his business deals. “We wanted to make sure the stream represented us in the right way, and we didn’t have much insight into what they were doing,” he said. “Aesthetics and quality are important to us and we didn’t have any control over that or time to investigate it. We were just there to participate in the benefit.”
Apple declined comment. Tidal has not yet responded to a request for one.
Reached for comment a spokesperson for Tidal provided the following comment:
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.
Tidal did not provide copies of the email and correspondence in question, and did not respond to BuzzFeed’s request to view them.
Courtesy of BuzzFeed.com