Because of Drake, Apple Music Reportedly Threatened TIDAL With $20 Million Lawsuit
It was reported Drake would make an appearance at Lil Wayne’s Lil WeezyAna Fest in New Orleans, which was to benefit for Tunechi’s Tha Carter Fund on Hurricane Katrina’s 10th anniversary.
According to PageSix, Apple Music threatened TIDAL with a $20 million lawsuit because of that.
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Although information of Drake’s deal with Apple isn’t available for public access, his cross-platform appearance could constitute a breach of contract.
A source revealed to PageSix:
“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,” a source reportedly told PageSix.
The concert in question was Lil Wayne’s stop at New Orleans for his Lil WayneAna Fest Friday night (August 28th), which benefits The Carter Fund supporting after-school programs in Louisiana.
Drake has a reported $19 million USD deal with Apple Music as one of the artists helping to launch its service, with exclusive album releases and his role as a guest DJ for Beats 1 Radio.
Sources say that Jay Z’s TIDAL had no choice but to cut out Drake’s part in the performance, but still planned on putting up notice blaming Apple Music’s role in the interruption.