It’s no secret that Sean “Diddy” Combs is known for making hits, but one stands the test of time: “I’ll Be Missing You.”
The 1997 song was created in memory of the late Christopher “The Notorious B.I.G.” Wallace. It features singer Faith Evans and the vocal group 112 and samples The Police’s “Every Breath You Take,” a successful 1983 hit that earned two Grammy Awards and topped the charts in several countries, per Variety.
The record “I’ll Be Missing You” flourished, topping the Hot 100 for 11 weeks in the year of its release and continues to succeed to this day.
However, Diddy failed to clear the song’s release with The Police. As a result, Sting, the group’s singer and primary songwriter, was awarded 100% of the song’s royalties through a lawsuit.
Sting now receives generous payments from Diddy, which was revealed to be $5,000 per day.
“5K a day. Love to my brother @OfficialSting,” Diddy said in response to a tweet displaying a former interview with Sting on The Breakfast Club, where the rock band member stated he received $2,000 each day.
Although it is unclear how much Sting has received from Diddy over the years, Sting revealed it was enough to put his children through college.
“Those guys just take your sh-t, put it on a record and deal with the legality later,” Sting said in an interview with Rolling Stone. “Elton John told me, ‘You gotta hear [“I’ll Be Missing You”],’ you’re gonna be a millionaire!” I said, ‘I am a millionaire!’ He said, ‘You’re gonna be a millionaire twice over!’ I put a couple of my kids through college with the proceeds, and me and P. Diddy are good pals still.”