Tidal Threatened With $20 Million Lawsuit By Apple Music Over Streaming Drake's Live Appearance
August 31, 2015 at 3:57 AM (PT)
A commitment by DRAKE to perform at LIL WAYNE’s "Lil WeezyAna Fest" in NEW ORLEANS to support THA CARTER FUND, which supports after-school programs in LOUISIANA has ignited a war between APPLE MUSIC and JAY Z’s TIDAL. THE NEW YORK POST reports, "TIDAL faces being sued for $20 million if it streamed APPLE artist DRAKE’s brief two-song appearance at the FRIDAY night show."
The lawyers got involved because TIDAL streamed the event live. The paper notes, "DRAKE has an exclusive deal with APPLE MUSIC said to be worth up to $19 million. Sources say the tech giant threatened to sue for $20 million if DRAKE appeared, or if his music was streamed live, on TIDAL."
A source told THE POST, “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."