Drake appears to drop Michael Jackson song from U.K. concert set list

Drake appears to have dropped a song featuring Michael Jackson from the set list of his U.K. concert tour, which kicked off in northern England on Sunday.

According to website setlist.fm, the rapper’s performance at the Manchester Arena did not include “Don’t Matter to Me,” a track from his “Scorpion” album that has him singing alongside vocals recorded by Jackson in 1983 in a session with Paul Anka.

Drake had previously performed the song in concert in the U.S. – for example, in Atlanta last November. The U.K. and U.S. shows had the same opening and closing numbers but omitted the Jackson-sampling song.

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TORONTO, ON - MAY 03: Singer Drake and Nessel Beezer look on in the second half of Game Two of the Eastern Conference Semifinals between the Cleveland Cavaliers and the Toronto Raptors during the 2018 NBA Playoffs at Air Canada Centre on May 3, 2018 in Toronto, Canada. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Vaughn Ridley/Getty Images)
TORONTO, ON - MAY 01: Singer Drake gets the crowd going in the second half of Game One of the Eastern Conference Semifinals between the Cleveland Cavaliers and the Toronto Raptors during the 2018 NBA Playoffs at Air Canada Centre on May 1, 2018 in Toronto, Canada. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Vaughn Ridley/Getty Images)
TORONTO, ON - APRIL 14: Rap artist Drake looks on as he wears a Humboldt Broncos jersey during the Toronto Raptors game against the Washington Wizards during Game One of the first round of the 2018 NBA Playoffs at Air Canada Centre on April 14, 2018 in Toronto, Canada. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Tom Szczerbowski/Getty Images) *** Local Caption *** Drake
LONDON, ENGLAND - APRIL 10: Drake seen on a night out leaving Park Chinois in Mayfair on April 10, 2018 in London, England. (Photo by Ricky Vigil M/GC Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - APRIL 11: Drake seen leaving Nobu Berkeley restaurant in Mayfair on April 11, 2018 in London, England. (Photo by Ricky Vigil/GC Images)
TORONTO, ON - APRIL 6: Singers Drake and Baka Not Nice react during the first half of an NBA game between the Indiana Pacers and the Toronto Raptors at Air Canada Centre on April 6, 2018 in Toronto, Canada. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Vaughn Ridley/Getty Images)
TORONTO, CANADA - MARCH 9: Masai Ujiri and Drake before the game between the Houston Rockets and Toronto Raptors on March 9, 2018 at the Air Canada Centre in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this Photograph, user is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. Mandatory Copyright Notice: Copyright 2018 NBAE (Photo by Ron Turenne/NBAE via Getty Images)
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TORONTO, CANADA - JANUARY 17: Drake and Toronto Raptors General Manager Masai Ujiri before the game against the Detroit Pistons on January 17, 2018 at the Air Canada Centre in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this Photograph, user is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. Mandatory Copyright Notice: Copyright 2018 NBAE (Photo by Ron Turenne/NBAE via Getty Images)
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No explanation was given for the omission in Manchester, where Drake is scheduled to perform a second concert Monday night. But it comes in the wake of the controversy over “Leaving Neverland,” the explosive documentary alleging Jackson’s repeated sexual abuse of two boys he had befriended.

The two-part documentary aired on British television last week. Jackson’s family took to local media as fans took to the streets to protest the airing of the documentary on Channel 4. It delivered strong viewing numbers for the free-TV channel.

Drake landed the Grammys for best rap song for “God’s Plan” earlier this year and it remains to be seen whether he reinstates “Don’t Matter to Me” in any future concerts on his “Assassination Vacation” tour in Europe. The show runs through April and includes stops in Antwerp, Amsterdam, London, and Paris.

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