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Sting Receives Daily $5K Payment For ‘I’ll Be Missing You’

April 6, 2023 | By Kali Girl

According to Hip Hop DX, Diddy recently revealed that he pays British rock legend Sting a staggering $5,000 per day for sampling The Police’s music in his 1997 Biggie tribute track, “I’ll Be Missing You.”

This comes after a 2018 interview where Sting had mentioned receiving $2,000 daily for the use of his band’s 1983 smash hit “Every Breath You Take”.

Per Diddy, the cost has been raised by an extra $3,000, however, he appears unbothered.

Diddy also confirmed the increase in a tweet. “Nope. 5K a day,” Diddy tweeted. “Love to my brother @OfficialSting.” 

Sting substantiated the speculations during an interview with The Breakfast Club in 2018, following Charlamagne’s inquiry about the daily payout.

“Yeah, for the rest of his life,” Sting said before explaining to Charlamagne that Diddy asked for permission after “I’ll Be Missing You” was already released, but it’s all water under the bridge as they’re “very good friends now.” He added: “It was a beautiful version of that song.”

Diddy commemorated the passing of his friend and artist, the legendary Notorious B.I.G., not long after his untimely death on March 9, 1997, with “I’ll Be Missing You,” built around The Police’s 1983 hit “Every Breath You Take.”

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