Jay Z Pulls His Music From Spotify As Streaming War Heats Up
NINE of Jay Z's albums have been stripped from the Swedish streaming giant.
Jay Z, co-owner of Tidal, has suddenly pulled a large section of his discography from Spotify.
This comes as the streaming war continues to heat up, with Spotify recently announcing that they now boast over 50 million paying subscribers, while Apple Music has over 20 million. In comparison, Jay Z’s Tidal only has three million. (Although a report by Fortune disputes that figure, suggesting that actually Tidal only has one million paying subscribers. FIGHT!) Amazon Music and Deezer are also muscling into the competitive playing field.
The following Jay Z albums are no longer available on Spotify:
Vol. 3... Life and Times of S. Carter (1999)
The Dynasty: Roc La Familia (2000)
The Blueprint (2001) - also unavailable on Apple Music
The Blueprint2: The Gift & The Curse (2002)
The Black Album (2003)
Kingdom Come (2006)
American Gangster (2007)
The Blueprint 3 (2009)
Magna Carta Holy Grail (2013)
In My Lifetime Vol. 1, Reasonable Doubt and Vol. 2 Hard Knock Life are still available on the Swedish streaming giant.
Exclusives have been a key part of Tidal’s appeal. Lemonade, Beyonce’s brilliant 2016 album, was a Tidal exclusive, as was her most recent video, ‘Die With You’, a re-release of a 2015 track featuring a previously unseen montage of intimate family moments. Kanye West and Rihanna’s new albums were also Tidal exclusives.
Will moving the majority of his music catalogue bring in more Tidal subscribers? Let us know what you think on Twitter, over @MTVMusicUK.
In other news, Jay Z featured alongside Tyler, The Creator on Frank Ocean’s latest track, ‘Biking’. It’s great – listen below. (And watch a snippet of the music video on Frank’s website.)
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