Fans of Drake’s last studio album, Scorpion, immediately recognized the voice of Michael Jackson on stand-out track, “Don’t Matter to Me.” Following the release of HBO documentary Leaving Neverland, the Toronto rapper has cut the song from the U.K. leg of his current tour, Variety reports.
Drizzy performed the mid-tempo groove featuring vocals from a 1983 song with Paul Anka during U.S. tour dates, but dropped the track for his show in Northern England Sunday night. While Drake’s team gave no official reason for the set list change, the U.S. and U.K. shows had the same opening and closing numbers, with the omission of the Jackson-sampled song being the only difference.
Radio stations in New Zealand and Canada have also dropped the King of Pop following the release of Leaving Neverland.
New Zealand broadcaster MediaWorks has removed his catalog from several of its stations.
“Michael Jackson isn’t currently on any MediaWorks Radio stations’ playlists,” Leon Wratt, the company’s director for radio, said in a statement. “This is a reflection of our audiences and their preferences — it is our job to ensure our radio stations are playing the music people want to hear.”
Rival broadcaster NZME has also banned the Thriller singer’s music.
“NZME station playlists change from week to week, and right now, Michael Jackson does not feature on them,” said Dean Buchanan, NZME’s entertainment director.
Three Montreal-based stations have also banned Jackson’s music, while other Canadian stations are “monitoring the situation.”
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Born and raised in Compton, California, Jessica Bennett began her career as an intern at The Oakland Post, and later, The Source Magazine. She went on to write for respected hip hop publications such as DJ Booth and Hip Hop DX before becoming the Urban Editor of pop culture website, Wetpaint.com. She joined Ebony as the Entertainment Editor August 2017. Bennett has interviewed such names as Vanessa Williams, Spike Lee, Tyra Banks, Forest Whitaker, Magic & Cookie Johnson and several others.