Drake appears to be changing his tune on Michael Jackson in the wake of the “Leaving Neverland” documentary.
According to the Independent, the Canadian rapper did not perform his single “Don’t Matter To Me” at a concert in Manchester on Sunday night.
The track is notable for featuring vocals from Jackson, which had previously been unreleased.
Canadian music legend Paul Anka, who came together with Drake for the track, appears to have had a falling out with the musician. Jackson’s vocals on the song were co-written by Anka in 1983.
ET Canada reached out to the star, where he revealed that he’s angry with the “Hotline Bling” performer.
“As far as Drake goes, in my eyes, I had an experience with Drake. Though it was somewhat fulfilling creatively, he was not honourable in keeping his promise with me or Irving Azoff in terms of what our business relationship was,” Anka explained.
“So I have nothing really to say about Drake other than [that] he should respect his elders, and he didn’t keep his promises with me. So that’s another news headline that you can have. He knows what I’m talking about, so do his people around him,” he added.
“Don’t Matter To Me”, which was on Drake’s 2018 album Scorpion, was on the setlist for the U.S. leg of his “Assassination Vacation” tour prior to the airing of “Leaving Neverland”.
The four-hour HBO documentary featured interviews with two men who have alleged Jackson sexual abused them as children.
It has not been confirmed whether Drake removed the song from his setlist due to the controversy surrounding Jackson.
Since the documentary aired, a number of radio stations have announced they will no longer play Jackson’s music, and an episode of the Simpsons guest-starring the “Thriller” artist will reportedly be removed from syndication, streaming, and future DVD pressings.