Kanye Splits From Jay Z’s Music Streaming Service Tidal Over Money Dispute
Artist Kanye West is splitting from Jay Z’s music streaming service, Tidal, over disagreements about money, according to a new report from TMZ.
Kanye has complained that Tidal owes him more than $3 million in bonuses and reimbursement for music videos after he debuted his album, “Life of Pablo,” on the service more than a year ago, TMZ reported, citing unnamed sources.
Jay-Z relaunched Tidal in 2015 as an alternative to Pandora and Spotify. Co-owners with Jay-Z included his friends Madonna and Chris Martin of Coldplay. Backed by A-list artists, Tidal claims to pay more royalties.
West was one of the original artists to buy into Tidal’s mission to fight back against companies like Apple, which was trying to build its own competing service, Business Insider reported. Tidal seeks to lock artists into exclusive releases on the platform:
Rihanna’s release of her album “Anti” skyrocketed the app to No. 16 on the top app charts. Jay Z justreleased his new album “4:44” on Tidal as well.
West, a key player in Tidal, has left the company and Tidal has threatened to sue him, TMZ reported.
Our sources say a month ago Kanye’s lawyer sent a letter to Tidal, saying the company was in breach and the contract was terminated. Over the next two weeks lawyers for both sides tried to resolve the conflict but failed. We’re told two weeks ago Kanye’s lawyer fired off a second letter declaring again the contract was over.
Kanye’s decision to split from Tidal predates the release of Jay Z’s album in which he trashes Kanye, and we’re told Kanye had no advance knowledge of Jay’s lyrics.
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