Diddy Confirms What You Read Here: He Doesn't Pay Sting $5K A Day


Diddy confirmed last Friday what iHeartRadio.ca reported a day earlier – that he does not, in fact, pay Sting $5,000 a day for sampling “Every Breath You Take” in his 1997 track “I’ll Be Missing You.”

“I want y’all to understand I was joking!,” he tweeted. "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.”

Last Thursday, under the headline "No, Diddy Doesn't Really Pay Sting $5K A Day For Song Sample," iHeartRadio.ca reported that “Diddy jokingly claimed he pays Sting $5,000 a day for sampling The Police’s hit 'Every Breath You Take' on the 1997 track 'I’ll Be Missing You.' Of course, it’s not true.”

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As explained, Sting sold his entire music catalogue to Universal Music Publishing Group (UMPG) in early 2022 for a reported $300 million (all figures U.S.). Royalties for more than 600 songs – including “Every Breath You Take” – belong to UMPG.

The article also explained that the $5,000-a-day joke was in response to a years-old “$2,000-a-day” figure that was never really a thing.

The tall tale hit social media and quickly got picked up by media outlets around the world – many of which knew it was not true.

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