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Diddy Backtracks After Claiming He Pays Sting A Staggering Amount Every Day For Sampling His Song

The rapper sampled Sting's song 'Every Breath You Take' in his 1997 hit 'I'll Be Missing You'—but didn't ask permission first.

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You know the saying, "It's easier to ask for forgiveness than for permission?"

Well, take it from Diddy—it may be easier, but it could cost you... a lot.


With every breath he takes, Diddy claimed to be forking over money to Sting for sampling one of his songs in his 1997 hit "l'll Be Missing You."

For years the rumor has circulated that Diddy never asked for Sting's permission to sample the 1983 classic "Every Breath You Take."

In a resurfaced 2018 Breakfast Club clip, Charlamagne Tha God asked the Police frontman if there is any truth to the allegation Diddy has to pay him $2,000 a day for using the audio.

Sting replied:

"Yeah, for the rest of his life."

But he also added:

"We're very good friends, though."

Diddy himself, though, had to add in his two cents three grand and clarify:

"Nope. 5k a day."
"Love to my brother @OfficialSting!"

Although that might not be entirely true.

People on Twitter expressed their thoughts.

Many couldn't even comprehend a world in which $5k a day is fathomable.

But hold up.

Someone's calendar was off because April 1st was over a week ago.

Diddy returned to Twitter to set everyone straight.

The music mogul tweeted:

"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."
"LOVE ❤️😂🙏🏿💫⚡️✨"

His reveal came too late for a number of news outlets who reported it as true.


Sting revealed to Rolling Stone in 2003 he learned of Diddy's song through Elton John.

"Elton John told me, 'You gotta hear [it]. You're gonna be a millionaire!'"
"I said, 'I am a millionaire.'"
"He said, 'You're gonna be a millionaire twice over!'"
"I put a couple of my kids through college with the proceeds, and me and P. Diddy are good pals still."

The late rapper Juice WRLD also sampled a song of Sting's for his 2017 hit "Lucid Dreams."

Sting said the "beautiful interpretation" of his song "Shape of My Heart" will "put my grandkids through college."