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Amid Jay Z drama, West is rethinking the exclusive release.
On Jay-Z‘s new album, 4:44, he takes shots at West on a few tracks, but West’s lawyer reportedly sent a letter to Tidal a month ago, declaring he’s owed more than $3 million and wants his contract terminated. West apparently went further, saying he’s done with exclusive releases on other streaming sites too. In April, Jay-Z pulled his catalog from Apple Music and Spotify.
West’s status with the Jay-Z-helmed streaming site has been murky for a while. He was one of of the early Tidal figureheads and released The Life of Pablo as an exclusive, which was supposed to draw subscribers to Tidal and allegedly involved a bonus that West never received.
He very publicly edited the album after release and it ended up on other streaming sites, becoming the first streaming-only release to go platinum. Last summer he tweeted that the “beef” between Tidal and Apple Music is “fucking up the music game.” In November, West alleged at a Sacramento tour stop that Jay-Z was dodging his calls and that “I know you got killers. Please don’t send them at my head. Just call me. Talk to me like a man.”
We’ve reached out to Tidal for comment.
Audra Schroeder is the Daily Dot’s senior entertainment writer, and she focuses on streaming, comedy, and music. Her work has previously appeared in the Austin Chronicle, the Dallas Observer, NPR, ESPN, Bitch, and the Village Voice. She is based in Austin, Texas.