KANYE WEST, JAY Z’S TIDAL SUED BY FAN OVER PABLO ALBUM

KANYE WEST, JAY Z’S TIDAL SUED BY FAN OVER PABLO ALBUM

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KANYE WEST, JAY Z’S TIDAL SUED BY FAN OVER PABLO ALBUM

– Fan alleged rappers of defrauding subscribers to the music streaming service of Tidal.

– Tidal and West did not respond straightaway to email requests for comment.

KANYE WEST, JAY Z’S TIDAL SUED BY FAN OVER PABLO ALBUM
Jay Z with Kanye West

KANYE WEST, JAY Z’S TIDAL SUED BY FAN OVER PABLO ALBUM

According to the Telegraph, A Kanye West fan sued the rapper and a company owned by Jay Z on Monday, alleging they tricked people into subscribing to the music streaming service Tidal by fraudulently claiming it was the only way to buy West’s album “The Life of Pablo.”

Justin Baker-Rhett said he signed up for the $9.99 a month Tidal service after West tweeted on February 15 that “Pablo” would never be sold anywhere else, in a proposed class action lawsuit filed in San Francisco federal court.

The California resident called the exclusivity promise a ploy to add millions of subscribers to a struggling Tidal, which Jay Z controls, and that West released the album 1-1/2 months later on Apple Music and Spotify, and on his own website.

Mr Baker-Rhett stated that the scheme tripled Tidal’s subscriber base to 3 million, raised its value by $60 million to $84 million, and threatened fans’ privacy by forcing them to turn over credit card and other personal information.

Jay Edelson, who is Mr Baker-Rhett’s lawyer, said, “You can’t trick people into paying money and giving up personal information just because the company is struggling.”

KANYE WEST, JAY Z’S TIDAL SUED BY FAN OVER PABLO ALBUM
Tider Streaming Music

Tidal and West did not respond straightaway to email requests for comment.

The lawsuit stated “Pablo” was streamed more than 250 million times within 10 days of release.

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West’s tweet, included in the complaint, said: “My album will never never never be on Apple. And it will never be for sale… You can only get it on Tidal.”

Jay Z took control of Tidal in a roughly $56 million acquisition in March 2015.

According to media reports, one of his businesses portended last month to sue Tidal’s former owners for inflating subscriber numbers, advocating the price tag may have been too high.

Tidal calls itself an “artist-owned” service backed by West, Jay Z’s wife Beyonce, Deadmau5, Alicia Keys, Madonna, Chris Martin, Nicki Minaj, Rihanna, Jack White and many other artists.

Monday’s lawsuit seeks class action status for people who subscribed to Tidal from February 15 to April 1 and streamed “Pablo” tracks within 24 hours.

KANYE WEST, JAY Z’S TIDAL SUED BY FAN OVER PABLO ALBUM

It seeks actual and punitive damages, and the deleting of subscribers’ personal data.

KANYE WEST, JAY Z’S TIDAL SUED BY FAN OVER PABLO ALBUM