Diddy Reveals: I Pay Sting $5K Per Day

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Trouble in the music industry? Sean Diddy Combs has met his nemesis. He says he has to pay Sting $5K per day for sampling his song without permission. Is this cruel? Or is it the way things are done? Find out here.

Passive Income: Is That You?

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Sting, 71, is resting while his royalties are mounting every day, and Diddy is one of the contributors to this fortune.

Every Action Has Its Consequence

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 According to Diddy, he pays Sting $5,000 daily for sampling one of his songs without authorization.

What Song Did Diddy Sample?

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Sting wrote “Every Breath You Take,” and it was released by his band—The Police, in 1983, but it was sampled in Diddy's and Faith Evans' 1997 tribute to the late The Notorious B.I.G., titled "I'll Be Missing You."

Diddy Will Pay For Copyright Infringement For The Rest Of His Life


In a newly resurfaced 2018 interview with The Breakfast Club, Sting verified the speculations that Diddy pays him $2,000 daily “for the rest of his life” for using his song without permission. 

Diddy And Sting Are Friends 

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While the event that brought them together isn't the best, they managed the situation well, as Sting reveals they are now good friends.

Diddy Says He Pays More Than Sting Mentioned


Diddy, however, took to Twitter on Wednesday to correct that he pays $5,000 daily, not $2,000. 

Diddy Is Spreading Love And Light

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In response to the resurfaced interview, he wrote, "Nope. 5K a day. Love to my brother @OfficialSting!" he tweeted.

Sting Has Sold His Songwriting Catalog

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The New York Times revealed that Sting sold his remarkable songwriting archives to Universal Music for $300 million.

The Sampled Song Is His Most Performed Song

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However, the licensing agency BMI revealed that in 2019, "Every Breath You Take" was the most performed song in the catalog.

I Hope To Be Remembered For More

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In Sting’s interview with ET in 2021, he revealed that he would love to be recognized for more than just his music. Because music is not all of him—there are other sides. 

My Legacy Should Be Beyond Music

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"My legacy, I hope, is beyond the music," Sting reflected. "You know, I'm more than just a musician. I'm a father. I'm a husband. I'm a citizen. The legacy is a bigger thing than just hits."

Trust Fans To Drop Their 1 Cent About The Matter

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Following Diddy’s update about how much he pays Sting daily, fans and followers of both parties weighed in on the matter, expressing how they feel about the arrangement.

Here Are Some Comments


One commenter wrote, “It was worth it! I’ll be missing you is a classic.” Another wrote, “When you are rich, it doesn't matter. That's like $5 a day for him.”

Imagine Waking Up And Owing Someone $5000


Another tweeted, “Imagine waking up in the morning and owing someone $5000. Imagining owing $5k and being so rich doesn't make you blink. I would be inconsolable. I’d be faking my own death.” They concluded. 

Sting Said He Would Use The Money For His Grand Child’s College Fund


QueenYaya wrote, “Y’all forgot he took the whole earning from Juicewrld Lucid Dreams because the producer didn't clear the sample. Sting said he would use the money for his grandchild’s college fund.” 

Can I Have A Portion?


Haroot wrote, “yo @Officialsting, not the wrestler. Can I have a portion of that 5k since I have Puffy’s Bday? I need it anyways, but I can contribute with musical riffs, melodies, drums, mastering, and connections to Interscope, Joe Satrian, Guthrie, and Steve Vai. Computer dev, data base, iOS/and apps."

That's A Lot Of Money


Thomas Lograsso channeled their inner mathematician and multiplied the daily sum per annum, “1.825 million a year, that’s a lot of money.” 

Sounds Like A Child Support Case

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Hypo weighed in saying the arrangement sounds like a horrible child support case.

It Is Pure Love!

A fan named Roxie claims it is pure love.