Tuesday, 22 May, 2018

Kanye West is reportedly splitting from Jay-Z's Tidal streaming service

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Marlene Weaver | 06 July, 2017, 15:43

The rapper was one of a number of music stars - including Usher, Calvin Harris and Rihanna - who launched Jay-Z's subscription-based music streaming service in 2015 but after a dispute about money, he has now quit the company. It's like, "We're cool and we do business together, and now our wives should be friends?'" But according to the insider, Beyonce found there to be very little commonality between herself and Kim, 36.

TMZ says West's beef with Tidal is twofold. Despite concerns, the platform managed to prosper due to exclusive releases by from incredibly popular artists. At last unofficial count, the service had an estimated one million paid users, far behind market leaders Spotify and Apple Music (50 million and 20 million, respectively).

All of which means JAY-Z, the face and name behind Tidal, has masterminded two consecutive releases (2013's Magna Carter, Holy Grail with Samsung) with corporate partners which have supported massive sales numbers before his albums even hit the streets. In February 2016, he debuted "Life of Pablo" on Tidal. "You can only get it on Tidal".

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It comes after Etihad , Turkish Airlines and Emirates announced that the ban had been lifted on their USA flights. Airlines expressed hopes at the time that the measures would pave the way for the lifting of the electronics ban.

However, that debut is now leading to a falling out between West and Tidal. Tidal, in turn, reportedly says that Kanye hasn't delivered the videos as he promised on his contract.

First reported by TMZ and verified by Variety, West's attorneys have sent letters to Tidal, owned by Jay-Z, demanded $3 million he claims to be owed for marketing and video production costs.

Though Tidal had threatened to sue Kanye, the fashion designer wasn't troubled as he still left.

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