According to recent reports, music industry heavyweight Diddy (aka Sean Combs) has been paying Sting $5,000 every day for using a sample from one of his songs without permission. Diddy apparently used a portion of Sting’s “Every Breath You Take” for his hit track “I’ll Be Missing You,” which he dedicated to his late friend and rapper Notorious B.I.G.
Despite not obtaining proper clearance for the sample, Diddy has been compensating Sting generously for the unauthorized use. In a statement to the press, Diddy expressed his gratitude towards Sting and referred to him as his “brother,” saying, “I love him and appreciate him allowing us to use his classic.”
During an interview, Sting, the 71-year-old musician, reveals that the producer did not seek permission to sample the single until after its release. However, he goes on to share that the two have since become good friends, and he expresses appreciation for the producer’s “beautiful version of that song.”
The news of Diddy’s payments to Sting has sparked conversation among music industry insiders about the importance of obtaining permission and properly compensating artists for their work. Some have praised Diddy for his willingness to pay Sting despite the lack of clearance, while others have criticized him for not following proper procedures in the first place.
Regardless of opinions on the matter, one thing is clear: Diddy’s dedication to Notorious B.I.G. and respect for Sting’s music has resulted in a significant financial gesture towards the English musician.