Apple Blocks Tidal From Streaming Drake’s Performance at Lil Weezyana Festival
The streaming service wars continue to rage on with a vengeance. Last night, Lil Wayne held his first Lil Weezyana Festival at Bold Sphere Music in New Orleans' Champions Square. The whole show was streamed via Tidal. Well, most of the show that is. Drake made a guest appearance at the concert which was blacked out from the stream. According to Tidal, direct competitor Apple, to which Drizzy has an exclusive contract, blocked his performance from being shown live. "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," Tidal posted on social media during the black out. Page6 reports Apple threatened Tidal with a $20 million lawsuit if they showed Drake performing. While on stage, Aubrey performed "HYFR", "My Way" and "Back to Back."
Despite the hiccup which obviously wasn't noticed by those in attendance, the show was lit. Wayne reunited the Hot Boyz, sans the incarcerated B.G., bringing out Juvenile and Turk. Mannie Fresh also hit the stage performing songs from the Big Tymers' catalog. More surprises included hometown heroes Master P and Curren$y. Acts like August Alsina, Jake Troth, Shanell, Cory Gunz and NOLA staples Ms. Tee, Big Freedia, DJ Jubilee and 5th Ward Webbie also made appearances on stage.
This week marks the 10-year anniversary of Hurricane Katrina and Lil Wayne will donate portions of proceeds from the concert to Tha Carter Fund.
Check out footage of the event, below.