Apple Allegedly Threatened $20 Million Lawsuit against TIDAL for Weezyana Fest

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Lil Wayne just held his first "Lil Weezyana Fest", a benefit concert to help the victims of Hurricane Katrina (which happened 10 years ago today).

Hurricane Katrina killed over a thousand people, and some pets are still being rebuilt today. The New Orleans native held the concert on August 28th, 2015. Wayne performed some of his greatest hits, and even pulled off a Hot Boyz reunion. Drake also brought out August Alsina, Master P, and Drake. The star studded concert's proceeds are going to The Carter Fund to help raise more funds for helping the rebuilding efforts.

TIDAL streamed the concert with one performance missing; Drake's. Drake performed two songs out the night, but TIDAL couldn't stream Drake's performance due to his contract with Apple. Claims that Apple threatened TIDAL with a $20 million lawsuit if they showed Drake performing began to circulate, especially after TIDAL's tweets.

https://twitter.com/tidalhifi/status/637476585428291585

https://twitter.com/tidalhifi/status/637476637013991424

Drake helped launch Apple's music streaming service, and has a contract with them for $19 million, which includes getting an exclusive album, as well as having Drake be a guest DJ for iTunes radio.

Allegedly, due to Drakes's contract, Jay-Z and TIDAL had to disrupt the streaming of the Weezyana Fest, or else they would face a lawsuit up to $20 million.

Although TIDAL claims that Apple prevented them from streaming Drake's performance; Drake's team states otherwise.

“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. 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.

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.

We wanted to make sure the stream represented us in the right way, and we didn’t have much insight into what they were doing. Aesthetics and quality are important to us and we didn’t have any control over that or time to investigate it. We were just there to participate in the benefit."

Overall, Weezyana Fest had a huge turn out, and more views than expected with TIDAL streaming the concert. It was beneficial for both parties, and TIDAL will be posting the concert up on their app/website shortly.