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Kanye West has been one of Tidal’s biggest champions: he joined the company the moment Jay-Z relaunched its service, and The Life of Pablowas one of the streaming music service’s largest (if temporary) exclusives. However, it appears that the relationship has… soured. TMZ sources claim that Kanye has left the company over a payment squabble involving both Life of Pablo and music videos. It’s reportedly a messy dispute, and certainly not what Tidal wanted in an already tumultuous period for the business.
In March of 2015, Jay Z acquired Tidal’s Oslo-based parent company Aspiro, for $56 million. Tidal quickly inked many A-list artists to deals for it’s music streaming service.
Apple is reportedly in talks to purchase Jay Z’s music streaming service Tidal, a source told The Wall Street Journal. As of now, no details are known about the potential acquisition, but if true, it will likely result in a big payday for Tidal’s artist owners, including Rihanna, Nicki Minaj, Kanye West, and Pharrell.
Drake, Rihanna and Kanye West are reportedly the top three most-streamed artists of 2016 so far, according to HITS Daily Double. The publication reveals that Drake has earned 1.44 billion streams, Rihanna – 795 million, and Kanye – 753 million. After Kanye isJustin Bieber with 658M and Beyonce with 592M on all streaming services like Apple Music, TIDAL and Spotify. Rounding out the top ten are Future, G-Eazy, The Weeknd, Kendrick Lamar and Eminem.
This week marks a year since Jay Z and a lineup of big-name artists took over Tidal, touting a library of exclusive content and a lossless audio option. In the 12 months since Mr. Carter & Co. took control, the streaming service amassed 3 million subscribers, up from the first million the company announced last fall. There’s no doubt exclusive releases, especially Kayne West’s The Life of Pablo, gave those paid plans a boost, but Tidal still has a lot of work to do if it wants to catch Spotify and Apple Music.
Ahead of his Tidal X: TIP concert tonight in Atlanta, T.I. made some big business announcements. He revealed that he is becoming the 19th artist owner of Tidal, joining the likes of Jay Z, Beyoncé, Nicki Minaj, Rihanna and others. The service will also get the exclusive streaming rights for the video for his new single “Money Talk” for three days starting at midnight.