Well it looks like Diddy and Sting got together and trolled us all. Damn. This was a late April Fool’s Day gift if I ever saw one. It really tested the way people will believe just about anything. At any rate, we were told by Sting, through an interview with The Breakfast Club, that Diddy pays HIM $3,000 a DAY for the sample for “Missing You.” That was the song that was in homage to The Notorious B.I.G.
Diddy said they were being “funny” when they said those likes.
He posted on social media, “I want y’all to understand I was joking! It’s called being Facetious! Me and @OfficialSting have been friends for a long time! He never charged me $3K or $5K a day for Missing You. He probably makes more than $5K a day from one of the biggest songs in history.”
I am not sure how people were supposed to determine this was a “prank” the way they were letting it roll downhill like that. Sting did not bat an eye or say a “sike” after being asked that question. And Diddy took it farther, when he could have dispelled it easily. We were just lied to. LOL! But, he did say they were good friends that that is cool to hear.
I did some digging and it looks like Sting does make about $2,000 a day from the song, just not from Diddy himself He basically owns the song. Look what I saw online:
Because of the vagaries of music authorship rules, every penny of royalties that is generated by both “Every Breath You Take” and “I’ll Be Missing You” goes into the bank account of one Gordon Matthew Thomas Sumner, a.k.a. Sting. Not Puff Daddy—or P. Diddy either. Not Andy Summers, who is the only member of the Police whose musicianship can be heard on “I’ll Be Missing You” directly. Not Stewart Copeland, who also had a hand in writing the song. All the money goes to Sting—and that money amounts to roughly two thousand dollars a day—seventeen years after the Puff Daddy song was released and thirty-one years after The Police song was released. According to Celebrity Net Worth, more than a quarter of all the money Sting has ever earnedcomes from “Every Breath You Take”/“I’ll Be Missing You.” The number’s a little more eye-popping when presented in annual form: It comes to $730,000 a year, each and every year for the foreseeable future.
DAMN! That’s still a really big come up. At any rate, there was beef between the members of The Police, the group Sting fronted. Sting did not play the instruments that were sampled, but he is listed as the only songwriter. That was a bandmate that did not get cut in on the windfall of sampling the classic song. WOW…Rock Beef! Sting juxed The Police!
Well for now, enjoy the vibes!
Which do you prefer?