AceShowbiz - Sean "P. Diddy" Combs has set the record straight on his recent claim. After declaring that he paid Sting $5000 a day for sampling the 1983 Police song "Every Breath You Take" on his 1997 hit track "I'll Be Missing You", the hip-hop mogul said he was just "joking."
The 53-year-old emcee and record producer set the record straight via Twitter on Friday, April 7. "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 penned.
"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," the Bad Boy Records founder further noted. "LOVE".
Diddy made his previous comment when responding to a tweet suggesting he pays $2,000 a day to Sting for sampling the song without permission. He wrote at that time, "Nope. 5K a day. Love to my brother @OfficialSting (sic)."
A resurfaced clip of Sting's 2018 interview with "The Breakfast Club" also emerged, in which Sting said Diddy only asked for permission after release. The singer, whose real name is Gordon Matthew Thomas Sumner CBE, said, "We're very good friends now. It was a beautiful version of that song."
Diddy's iconic tune is dedicated to The Notorious B.I.G., whose real name was Christopher Wallace, but he was also known as Biggie Smalls, who was murdered in March 1997 aged 24. The track is performed by Diddy and Biggie's widow, U.S. singer Faith Evans, and is based on a sample of The Police's 1983 song "Every Breath You Take".