Women in Music 2016

Drake's Lil Weezyana Performance Cut From Live Stream, Who is to Blame?

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Lil Wayne and Drake perform during Lil Weezyana Festival at Champions Square on August 28, 2015 in New Orleans, Louisiana.  

When Drake’s surprise performance at Lil Weezyana Festival failed to make the cut for Tidal’s live stream of the show, fingers were pointed at Apple. Fingers pointed by Tidal’s people. 

Would Apple do such a thing and block Drake’s best efforts from being streamed by a rival? Could Apple do such a thing? Apparently not. Drake's manager (and sometimes DJ) Future the Prince has told Buzzfeed that it was the Canadian artist’s team that chose not to be involved in the fest’s stream.

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“The decision to not have Drake participate in the Tidal stream has nothing to do with Apple or Drake’s deal. ... Point blank, 100%. I made a business decision,” a statement reads. “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.”

Future added, “I don’t understand. 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.”

So that’s that.

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Earlier, Tidal started all the commotion with a pair of messages from its official Twitter page. “Apple is interfering with artistry and will not allow this artist to stream. Sorry for Big Brother’s inconvenience” was the first, followed by, “We'll be back after the performance.” At deadline, both tweets were still up.

Drake has history with both companies. In early June, the Toronto rapper went in full-promotion mode for Apple Music, having been on board to help launch Jay Z's Tidal. Speculation did the rounds at the time that Drake would earn up to $19 million from serving as an Apple Music artist ambassador