Apple Music Threatens TIDAL with $20M lawsuit over Drake Katrina Benefit Performance

Apple Music threatened Jay-Z’s TIDAL streaming service with a $20 million lawsuit over a Hurricane Katrina benefit concert featuring Drake, according to report from PageSix.

TIDAL was streaming Lil Wayne’s Lil WeezaAna Fest concert on Friday, but stopped during Drake’s two-song set. Drake has an exclusive deal with Apple Music worth $19 million.

From Page Six:

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 us, “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?”

TIDAL took jabs at “big brother” on Twitter overnight:

Apple is doing this all wrong I think. It’s for charity!

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