According to new reports, Kanye West and Jay-Z are facing a lawsuit for supposedly tricking fans into subscribing to Tidal purely so they could acquire access to Kanye’s record, Life Of Pablo.
West said several times that his 2016 album would only be on Tidal, however, he then released it on Apple Music, Itunes, and other services just six weeks later. An insider close to the two men told us that it had something to do with their falling out last year.
Gregory Woods, a United States District Court Judge, allowed part of the class-action lawsuit to go through but denied other aspects.
The judge based his decision on the fact that Kanye had said on Twitter that he would “never never never” put it on Apple’s platform.
Life of Pablo was only on Tidal for the first few weeks, but then he released it officially through other means. Justin Baker-Rhett filed a class-action lawsuit on the behalf of many others who accused Tidal and Kanye of lying about the record for the sake of getting subscribers.
And in 2017, Kanye tried to get the case dismissed by stating that he and Jay-Z had remixed, updated, added vocals, lyrics, and other arrangements so it wasn’t really the same record.
According to the rapper, his statements on Twitter were true because only his updated version of the album appeared on other platforms. Gregory Woods said that Kanye’s argument was “tenuous” and didn’t pass the test for the case to be dismissed.
Kanye’s relationship with Tidal hasn’t been the greatest, as Jay-Z and the Life of Pablo rapper have feuded several times. However, Jay has received considerable praise for allowing the artists to own the platform, and therefore the rights to their music.
It’s a significant change from previous music industry practices where the record label essentially owns the rights to the music and can decide what they want to do with it.