A close source to West revealed on Thursday (July 6) that TIDAL’s exclusivity rights deal to his music has been “terminated,” based on what is reported to be “TIDAL’s failure to honor its financial obligations.”
According to a report published on TMZ, West claimed that Tidal owes him “more than $3 million” after his album The Life of Pablo allegedly “resulted in 1.5 million new subscribers to Tidal, for which he was supposed to get a bonus but the company hasn’t paid.”
The report also claimed Tidal failed to compensate Kanye for his music videos.
The news comes just after Jay-Z called out Kanye West on his 4:44 album cut “Kill Jay-Z.”
“I know people backstab you, I feel bad too, but this ‘fuck everybody’ attitude ain’t natural/ But you ain’t the same, this ain’t KumbaYe/ But you got hurt because you did cool by ‘Ye/ You gave him 20 million without blinkin’/ He gave you 20 minutes on stage, fuck was he thinkin’?/ ‘Fuck is wrong with everybody?’ is what you sayin’/ But if everybody’s crazy, you’re the one that’s insane.”
The only song from Kanye West’s “The Life of Pablo” to get a Tidal debut is “Famous.”
The music video for “Famous” was more of an art project from Kanye and featured a bunch of nude celebrities in bed. Celebrities such as Rihanna, Donald Trump, Chris Brown, Amber Rose, Taylor Swift, Bill Cosby, Kim Kardashian, and even himself.
“Fade” debuted at the MTV Video Music Awards. “Wolves” made it’s debut in conjunction with Balmain.
Tidal’s position, according to the report, is that West failed to deliver the videos he was required to by contract and he is still beholden to his agreement.
The streaming service had allegedly threatened to sue West if the rapper signed an exclusivity agreement with another streaming service.
While no lawsuits have yet been filed, it appears both sides’ lawyers are engaged in the dispute and ramping up for what would seem an inevitable legal showdown between the superstar rapper and the streaming service that has yet to catch-on widely with consumers.
While their feud has been ongoing for quite some time, apparently their children have yet to spend time together, the complications and allegations seem to continue.