After Apple Music release, Kanye West sued over Tidal exclusivity promise

“On Monday, Kanye West fan Justin Baker-Rhett sued West and S. Carter Enterprises (SCE), the company that owns music streaming service Tidal,” Megan Geuss reports for Ars Technica.

“Baker-Rhett alleges that the rapper and the streaming platform falsely promised that West’s most recent album, The Life of Pablo, would be exclusive to Tidal and would never show up on any other competing streaming service, nor would it be sold for download or in any physical media format,” Geuss reports. “But just a month and a half after the release of Life of Pablo on Tidal, the album showed up on Apple Music and Spotify.”

“Baker-Rhett is asking the court to certify a class action against West and SCE, which is owned by rapper Jay-Z,” Geuss reports. “The plaintiff claims that West and Tidal defrauded customers, engaged in false advertising, practiced unfair competition, and enjoyed unjust enrichment from the millions of subscribers who handed over their personal information to the company to sign up for the service because they believed Life of Pablo wouldn’t be available anywhere else.”

Read more in the full article here.

MacDailyNews Take: Certainly sounds like fraud, doesn’t it?

Tidal is a joke.

Kanye West’s album that he said would ‘never never never be on Apple’ is now on Apple Music – April 2, 2016
Kanye West’s botched album release has cost him $10 million in sales – February 18, 2016
Kanye West says he’s $53 million in debt and his new album will never ever be on Apple Music or iTunes, only Tidal (whatever that is) – February 16, 2016
Apple Music adds another million subscribers in 1 month, surpasses 11 million paying members – February 12, 2016
Jay Z’s Tidal music service loses second CEO in six months – June 23, 2015
Half of Tidal’s owners may have to pull their own music – May 29, 2015
Why Jay-Z’s Tidal music venture is a complete disaster – May 28, 2015
Jay-Z’s Tidal music service is already a spectacular flop – April 21, 2015
Why Jay-Z’s ‘Tidal’ music subscription service doesn’t matter – March 31, 2015

[Thanks to MacDailyNews Readers “Fred Mertz,” “JayinDC,” and “Albert P.” for the heads up.]


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  1. Oh Kanye news again? I didn’t know he was significant enough to be worthy of news unless it is meant as a joke such as him being considered a talented musician.

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