Tidal was not able to broadcast Drake's performance at Lil Weezyana due to interference from Apple.
Rumor had it that Apple had threatened Tidal with a $20 million lawsuit if Drake's performance at Lil Weezyana Fest was broadcasted yesterday, and when the rapper's appearance was cut from the stream, the threat seemed to be confirmed.
As soon as Drizzy came through to perform "Back To Back," among other songs, the screen went black and the following message appeared:
Apple is interfering with artistry and will not allow this artist to stream. Sorry for Big Brother’s inconvenience. We'll be back after the performance.
It was not confirmed whether or not there was actually a $20 million lawsuit on the line, though if Tidal pulled the plug, it must have been something pretty serious. PageSix has reported that the a letter detailing the lawsuit was sent to Tidal prior to the performance.
"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."
The streaming wars are realer than ever. You can watch part of Drake's performance here.
apple said fuck you pic.twitter.com/avpSwZ7H6g— Mr. World Premiere (@yardieiz4life) August 29, 2015