Looks Like Drake Is Removing Michael Jackson from His Touring Setlist

Drake (photograph: The Come Up Show (CC BY-ND 2.zero))

The fallout surrounding the airing HBO’s Leaving Neverland documentary continues.

Radio stations in a number of nations have already dropped Michael Jackson from their playlists.  Now, Drake seems to have wiped Michael Jackson from his UK live performance tour, which began this week.

Setlist.fm reports that Drake’s efficiency on the Manchester area final evening didn’t embrace “Don’t Matter to Me,” a monitor from Drake’s album, Scorpion.  The track options Drake singing alongside Jackson’s vocals recorded in 1983.  Drake carried out the track in Atlanta final November, so the exclusion in his UK tour is new — and really noticeable.

No clarification for the omission was given, although Drake will carry out once more tonight.

Leaving Neverland has been  — and intensely damaging — for the Jackson household and property.

The documentary debuted on the Sundance Film Festival this yr earlier than being picked up by HBO.  It aired as a two-part sequence initially March and remains to be accessible to stream.

It particulars the accounts two the kid stars in Michael Jackson’s orbit, Wade Robson and James Safechuck.

Others have additionally distanced themselves from Michael Jackson following the documentary’s allegations. The Los Angeles Lakers replaced Jackson’s hit song “Beat It” with Nirvana and Chuck Berry.

The Simpsons producers have additionally pulled the episode featuring Michael Jackson from airing.  The episode was created in 1991 and Jackson voiced Leon Kompowsky, who meets Homer in a psychiatric hospital.  Producer James L. Brooks says it was the one option to make, with government producers Matt Groening and Al Jean agreeing.

Jackson’s property has for airing the documentary.  The household claims that the documentary violates a non-disparagement clause the community signed with Jackson in 1992.

Radio stations throughout Canada, Australia, the Netherlands, and New Zealand have . So far, the response from radio stations within the United States appears restricted.  Separately, BBC has stated it doesn’t ban music.