Apple Did Not Stop Tidal From Streaming Drake’s Set At Katrina Benefit

Sources familiar with the situation tell BuzzFeed News that Apple did not threaten Tidal with a $20 million suit over Drake’s performance at a Hurricane Katrina benefit, despite a claim to the contrary from Jay Z’s streaming service.

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If New Orleans became the frontline of the battle for streaming music supremacy this week, it had very little to do with Apple. The Cupertino company did not threaten to sue Jay Z's Tidal over Drake's appearance at Lil Wayne's Lil WeezyAna Fest, a charity concert to benefit kids affected by Hurricane Katrina. And it played no apparent role in Drake's exclusion from Tidal's livestream of the event — despite Tidal's claims that it did.

Drake's decision not to participate in Tidal's live stream of the Lil Weezyana Festival was precisely that — Drake's decision. And sources familiar with the situation tell BuzzFeed News that Apple did not threaten Tidal with any legal action whatsoever — let alone one with $20 million in liabilities attached to it. “No one even knew this was going on until the Post piece hit,” one of the sources said, adding that it's not even within Apple's power to file such a suit.

And while it's difficult not to look askance at such claims given Apple's recent move into the streaming music space with Apple Music and its $19 million exclusivity deal with Drake, the singer's management says it's the truth. And it's not at all happy with Tidal or what it says is a mischaracterization of last night's events.

“The decision to not have Drake participate in the Tidal steam has nothing to do with Apple or Drake's deal,” Drake's manager Future the Prince told BuzzFeed News. “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.”

So why is Tidal very publicly saying otherwise? Not only did the company take to Twitter to lambaste Apple for interfering with its stream, but it also blacked out what would have been Drake's portion of the stream with a slide lambasting Apple as a Big Brother “interfering with artistry.”

“I don't understand,” Future said. “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.”

As for the rationale for withholding Drake's performance from the live stream of a benefit concert, Future insisted it was related to Drake's image — not his business deals. “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,” he said. “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.”

Apple declined comment. Tidal has not yet responded to a request for one.

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Here’s How To Make Bibimbap At Home

You got this.

This, my friends, is bibimbap:

This, my friends, is bibimbap:

Pronounced “bee-bim-bahp“.

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The staple Korean dish starts with a bowl of rice, before toppings — like assorted vegetables, meat, egg, and chili paste — are added in.

The staple Korean dish starts with a bowl of rice, before toppings — like assorted vegetables, meat, egg, and chili paste — are added in.

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When making bibimbap at home, you can experiment and get as creative with those toppings as you’d like.

When making bibimbap at home, you can experiment and get as creative with those toppings as you'd like.

Maybe it's using up the random leftover ingredients in your fridge. Or maybe it's borrowing inspiration from other cuisines.

For example, make a Middle Eastern-inspired bowl by adding za'atar, eggplant, chickpeas, and lamb. Or try a Chinese-inspired version with peppercorns and snow peas.

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25 Nut Butter Recipes You Need In Your Life

Get nutty.

Banana Peanut Butter Granola Bars

Banana Peanut Butter Granola Bars

Why buy 'em when you can make 'em yourself? Here's how.

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Gluten Free Banana Nut Butter Chocolate Chip Cookies

Gluten Free Banana Nut Butter Chocolate Chip Cookies

GF peeps can get down, too. Recipe here.

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Chocolate Almond Butter Truffle Oatmeal

Chocolate Almond Butter Truffle Oatmeal

Breakfast doesn't have to suck. Recipe here.

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Peanut Butter Freezer Fudge

Peanut Butter Freezer Fudge

Minimal effort. Maximum results. Here's how.

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28 Disney-Inspired Recipes You Have To Try

Disney = good. Food = good. Disney food = GREAT.

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Decorate doughnuts like Minnie, Mickey, Donald, and Daisy.

Decorate doughnuts like Minnie, Mickey, Donald, and Daisy.

Get the recipe at forktobelly.

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Or pretzels.

Or pretzels.

This is *slightly* healthier. Only slightly.

Get the recipe at Sugar Swings.

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Use marshmallows to make fluffy cupcakes resembling Baymax from Big Hero 6.

Use marshmallows to make fluffy cupcakes resembling Baymax from Big Hero 6.

Don't you just want to hug him? Or, well….. eat him?

Get the recipe at Dessert Now Dinner Later.

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15 Insanely Delicious Overnight Breakfasts That Are Made While You Sleep

And no overnight oats to be found.

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No-Bake Honey Nut Cheerios Snack Bars

No-Bake Honey Nut Cheerios Snack Bars

Unsalted butter + honey + light brown sugar + vanilla extract + Honey Nut Cheerios + trail mix. Get the recipe here.

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Chia & Raspberry Overnight Breakfast

Chia & Raspberry Overnight Breakfast

Raspberries + desiccated coconut + chia seeds + almond milk + nut butter. Get the recipe here.

greenkitchenstories.com

Whipped Ricotta With Mixed Berries

Whipped Ricotta With Mixed Berries

Whole-milk ricotta cheese + cream cheese + sugar + honey + vanilla extract + fruit + lemon juice. Get the recipe here.

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Tila Tequila Has Been Kicked Off “Celebrity Big Brother” For Social Media Posts Defending Hitler

A deleted 2013 blog titled “Why I Sympathise With Hitler, Part I” also included a photoshopped image of the reality TV star in an SS uniform.

Tila Tequila was forced to leave the show on Friday after a growing backlash over controversial Nazi sympathising comments she made in the past.

Tila Tequila was forced to leave the show on Friday after a growing backlash over controversial Nazi sympathising comments she made in the past.

In a statement released soon after, Channel 5 bosses stated:

“Unfortunately, Channel 5 and Endemol did not know about the views and attitudes Tila had expressed in social media postings prior to her involvement in Celebrity Big Brother.

'When they were brought to our attention, she was called to the Diary Room for a discussion with producers and was subsequently removed from the house.”

“The views Tila had expressed, and permitted to remain uncorrected, are totally unacceptable and, accordingly, her continued involvement in the programme was untenable.”

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The model and actress goes on to ask for a second chance on the show, now in its 16th series.

The model and actress goes on to ask for a second chance on the show, now in its 16th series.

“I humbly ask for forgiveness from everyone I may have hurt or offended. I just want a second chance at life to start over, and be given a chance to fix my wrongs. It will be a work in progress, but I want to do this so that my daughter will be proud of me one day, and have a positive, strong role model in her life and that starts with me. I hope that Celebrity Big Brother will give me a second chance.”

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