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Apple ‘could sue’ over Drake charity gig

Drake’s performance at a Tidal-sponsored event has Apple up in arms. Pic: AFP / MARK RALS

Drake’s performance at a Tidal-sponsored event has Apple up in arms. Pic: AFP / MARK RALSTON
Source: AFP

APPLE Music has declared war on rival streaming service Tidal over Drake’s appearance at a Hurricane Katrina charity concert.

The New York Post reports Jay Z’s Tidal music service could be sued for $ US20 million if it streamed Drake’s brief, two-song appearance at Friday night’s charity show. Why? Because Drake is an Apple artist.

Apple Music executives were not happy when the Canadian rapper was confirmed to perform at Lil Wayne’s Lil Weezy Ana Fest in New Orleans Friday night, even though the festival benefits Tha Carter Fund, which supports after-school programs in Louisiana.

Lawyers were called in because the event was being streamed live via Tidal — and Drake has an exclusive deal with Apple Music said to be worth up to $ US19 million. Sources say the tech giant threatened to sue for $ US20 million if Drake appeared, or if his music was streamed live, on Tidal.

Drake’s performance at a Tidal-sponsored event has Apple up in arms. Pic: AFP / MARK RALS

Rapper Drake. Picture: AFP
Source: AFP

Lil Wayne. Picture: Cheryl Gerber / Invision

Lil Wayne. Picture: Cheryl Gerber / Invision
Source: AP

A source told Page Six: “Legal letters have been sent to Tidal warning that Drake cannot appear on the Tidal stream of the festival, either solo or part of a group, and if the warning was ignored, the liabilities could be up to $ 20 million.

“This event is for charity, Drake is doing two songs. Why does Apple think it can dictate to artists where and when they can perform?”

Deadmau5, Usher, Kanye West, and Jay Z at a launch event for Tidal in New York City in Ma

Deadmau5, Usher, Kanye West, and Jay Z at a launch event for Tidal in New York City in March. Picture: Jamie McCarthy / Getty Images
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Page Six reported Drake, who is still signed to Lil Wayne’s Young Money Records, jumped at the chance to perform at the sold-out festival along with Nicki Minaj and a reunion of Lil Wayne’s 1990s group, the Hot Boys.

Sources say Jay Z and Tidal executives have no choice but to cut the audio and video streaming of Drake’s appearance at the event — but they still planned on putting up a message blaming Drake’s deal with Apple for the rude interruption to fans.

When contacted by the New York Post, Apple and Tidal declined to comment. Representatives for Drake didn’t respond.

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