Does Apple Want to Pay Drake $19 Million to be a Resident DJ?

It’s been a long road from Degrassi Street, hasn’t it?

According to a number of reports, Apple is talking to Drake about a deal with about $19 million that would see him work as a guest DJ for iTunes along with a series of still undisclosed duties. Why? Because Apple is serious about crushing the competition. Other people rumoured to be in talks with the company are David Guetta and Pharrell Willams.

Much is expected to be announced Apple’s World Wide Developer Conference in San Francisco next week. Speculation that in addition to the iPhone 6s, the iPad Pro and updates to the Apple Watch, the company will finally get around to talking about their new music service–whatever form that may take. One rumour suggests that Apple will offer three months for free and then ask everyone to immediately convert to a $10/month subscription. That would mean no ongoing freemium service like the kind currently offered by Rdio, Spotify and others.

There’s also the idea of the new music service offering lyrics, too. Oh, and streaming video, artists’ pages and place where you can post your own video (hello, YouTube!) and more.

(Via NY Post)

Alan Cross

is an internationally known broadcaster, interviewer, writer, consultant, blogger and speaker. In his 30+ years in the music business, Alan has interviewed the biggest names in rock, from David Bowie and U2 to Pearl Jam and the Foo Fighters. He’s also known as a musicologist and documentarian through programs like The Ongoing History of New Music.

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