The rivalry between the two streaming services might have just become more intense.
Tidal users who were tuning in to the livestream of Lil Wayne’s gig at his Lil Weezyana Festival in New Orleans were left missing out when Drake stopped by to deliver a brief three-song cameo. When Drake hit the stage the livestream stopped, reportedly due to the fact that the Canadian rapper is Apple Music’s main man, while Wayne is a co-owner of Jay-Z’s Tidal.
Drake’s performance with Lil Wayne was cut from Tidal’s livestream.
The Tidal twitter account told users, ”Apple is interfering with artistry and will not allow this artist to stream. Sorry for Big Brother’s inconvenience” as Drake took the stage, adding ”We'll be back after the performance.”
Drake performed songs 'HYFR', his remix of Fetty Wap's 'My Way' and 'Back to Back' during his surprise performance. However the rapper’s manager has denied that the decision not to make Drake part of the livestream was anything to do with Apple.
"The decision to not have Drake participate in the Tidal stream has nothing to do with Apple or Drake's deal," manager Future the Prince told BuzzFeed.
"Point blank, 100 percent. 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."
When asked why they decided to remove Drake from the livestream, Future the Prince added, "Aesthetics and quality are important to us and we didn't have any control over [the livestream] or time to investigate it."
In June Lil Wayne partnered up with Tidal to release his Free Weezy Album on July 4th, after months of fight with his Cash Money record label. Meanwhile Drake has an exclusive deal with Apple Music which is reported to be worth around $19 million.