Sean “Diddy” Combs explained that he was “jokingly” when he told Sting that he was paying “5,000 a day” in royalties.
“I want you to understand that I’m joking!” Founder of Bad Boy Records, 53, tweeted friday after multiple outlets report heavy royalty payments. “It’s called being the Joker! I and [Sting] We’ve been friends for a long time!”
Diddy, for the rapper’s 1997 hit tribute song “I’ll Be Missing You” to the late Biggie Smalls, which heavily samples The Police’s 1983 “Every Breath You Take”, “never charged me $3,000 a day or He said he did not receive a $5,000 fee. ”
“He earns more than $5,000 a day from probably one of the greatest songs in history,” Diddy said.
The music king drove Twitter users crazy on Wednesday. Retweeted the 2018 interview “The Breakfast Club” on Power 105.1 FM featuring Sting, the born Gordon Sumner – He confirmed that Diddy paid him $2,000 a day “for the rest of his life” to sample the song.
“Five thousand a day. love to my brother [Sting]” tweeted Diddy.
During the show, host Charlamagne tha God asked the 71-year-old Sting if Diddy would like “permission” to use the “Desert Rose” musician-approved track.
However, the “Roxanne” singer, who says she and the rapper are “very good friends” now, went on to say that Diddy chose to ask the rock star’s permission only after the song went on air.
The now debunked deal, as The Post previously reported had When it went live in 1997, “Last Night” host would have paid Sting roughly $47.4 million to date for sampling.
Diddy’s chart-topping song was released two months after Notorious BIG was hit on March 9, 1997. He was 24 years old.