Bad Boy Record label Chief Executive Officer, Sean Combs aka Diddy has confirmed keeping Sting’s bills paid.
The rapper, who sampled Sting’s 1983 single “Every Breath You Take” in his 1997 single “I’ll Be Missing You,” revealed on Twitter that he pays the former Police frontman $5,000 in royalties per day.
“I’ll Be Missing You” was a tribute to the Notorious B.I.G. and became a hit for Diddy.
According to RollingStones, the rapper only asked Sting’s permission for the sample after the song was released. Diddy and Sting have both addressed the situation previously, and in a 2018 interview with The Breakfast Club Sting said he receives $2,000 a day from Diddy.
A clip of the interview resurfaced on Twitter this week and Diddy responded, “Nope. 5K a day. Love to my brother @OfficialSting!”
Nope. 5K a day. Love to my brother @OfficialSting! 😎 ✊🏿🏿 https://t.co/sHdjd0UZEy
— LOVE (@Diddy) April 5, 2023
There are no hard feelings between the two musicians. In the 2018 interview, Sting noted, “We’re very good friends now,” adding, “It was a beautiful version of that song.”