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Diddy Says He Pays Sting $5,000 a Day
For using the Police frontman’s 1983 smash “Every Breath You Take” in his own 1997 single “I’ll Be Missing You,” Diddy claims to be paying Sting $5,000 a day. In response to previously unreleased video footage from an interview Sting gave to the Breakfast Club in 2018, Diddy tweeted on Wednesday.
The interviewer Charlamagne Tha God asks Sting to confirm whether Diddy pays him $2,000 per day for sampling the song “I’ll Be Missing You,” as noted by the Shade Room. To laughing, Sting responds “For the rest of his life” and then affirms that Diddy requested approval to sample the hit following the release of his own song. It was a great rendition of that song, he continues, adding that there are no hard feelings and the two “are very close friends now.”
— LOVE (@Diddy) April 5, 2023
The tune and most or all of Sting’s song repertoire were acquired by Universal Music Publishing last year in a deal reportedly for approximately $350 million. It is conceivable that a sizable portion of the daily $5k will go to this company. Although the specifics of the agreement were not made public, it appears likely that Sting retained at least a portion of the significant publishing and/or composer shares for the song and the collection.
The extensive global deal covers all of Sting’s solo and Police-related works, including hits like “Roxanne,” “Every Breath You Take,” “Shape of My Heart,” “If I Ever Lose My Faith In You,” “Fields of Gold,” “Desert Rose,” “Message in a Bottle,” “Englishman in New York,” and “Every Little Thing She Does Is Magic,” among others.
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He would presumably continue to get a sizable portion of the recorded music royalties and any synchronization use. Inquiries from Variety for clarification were not immediately answered by representatives for Diddy, Sting, or Universal.
The Police’s biggest hit, “Every Breath You Take,” which was first released in May 1983, spent about eight weeks atop the U.S. charts that year and won two Grammy Awards. It also reached No. 1 in the U.K., Canada, and a number of other nations, and it was a Top 10 hit in a number of other nations.
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The song “I’ll Be Missing You,” billed to Puff Daddy and Faith Evans and featuring the vocal group 112, was released nearly exactly 14 years after the Notorious B.I.G.’s murder, which occurred two months before and is still unsolved. Much more successful, it spent 11 weeks at the top of the U.S. charts and peaked at No. 1 in several other nations. Sting sued because he was initially not given credit for the song, but as he noted, the issue was quickly settled.
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