Industry insiders are talking…and they’re saying Drake backed out of Jay Z’s TIDAL music streaming launch just two days before the March unveiling in NYC. New reports suggest the Canadian rapper has inked a deal with Apple for their upcoming music streaming service. Get the juice inside….
Music streaming services are the latest trend in the music and Internet space with an array of platforms to choose from such as Spotify, Pandora, and most recently, Jay Z’s artist-owned TIDAL to rock out to your favorite tunes.
Well today, we learned Drake was originally supposed to be apart of the 16 artist partners (including Beyonce, Kanye West, Rihanna, Nicki Minaj, to name a few) for TIDAL, according to Billboard. But get this, the Young Money rapper had a change of heart TWO (yes, two) days before the launch event in NYC back in March. Why?
It appears Drizzy may have backed out on the TIDAL deal to collaborate with Apple’s upcoming streaming service, set to be announced during the 2015 Worldwide Developers Conference in San Francisco next week (June 8-12).
Industry insiders suggest Drizzy, Pharrell Williams and French DJ David Guetta will sign on as guest DJs for the iTunes Radio overhaul. Oh..and those rumors about Apple paying Drake $19 milli to ink the deal appear to not be true. A Billboard source explains, “Apple doesn’t normally pay artists for those types of collaborations.”
We can’t help but wonder if the “6 God” rapper had a deal with TIDAL that similar to his labelmate Nicki Minaj. We all know Jay likes to negotiate and strategize, so did the two rappers make a sweet deal to benefit them both?
Drizzy may have agreed to be featured on Beyonce’s tracks (they collaborated on “Mine” for her self-titled album) in exchange for her hopping on a track of his (which she did for Drizzy’s track “Can I,” supposedly being featured on his upcoming Views from the 6 LP). As you know, Nicki and Bey similarly joined forces on Bey’s “Flawless” and Nicki’s “Feeling Myself.”
Guess we will find out if Drake will be riding the wave with Apple next week. Stay tuned…