Apple Pursuing Drake for $19 Million Deal
Published Jun 01, 2015Most of us spend an afternoon crafting the perfect iTunes playlist just so we can make our morning commute a little less unbearable, but if you're industry-dominating Toronto rapper Drake, an iTunes playlist is worth a lot more money. The artist is reportedly in talks to become a guest DJ for iTunes Radio, and there's a lot of money on the table.
According to the New York Post, Drake is at the top of the list for Apple's forthcoming new streaming service. The rapper is reportedly set to make $19 million from the deal, and while it's unclear exactly what his role would be, it's most likely that he'd be a guest DJ. So basically millions of dollars to play his own music on iTunes.
The Post also cites "several music industry sources" who suggest that Pharrell and David Guetta are also in talks for the streaming service. They'd join Trent Reznor and Zane Lowe, who are already involved with the new project.
Apple is reportedly set to formally announce the service next Monday (June 8), and it's expected that they'll roll it out with a free three-month trial. In that time, the Post also reports that Apple is hoping that labels will offer up their music rights for free in that trial period as well.
Stay tuned for more information on the new Apple streaming service as it becomes available.