Kanye West has filed a trademark for the term ‘Yeezy Sound’, prompting speculation the hip-hop artist could start his own music streaming service.
It goes onto mention electronic transmission of streamed, downloadable and broadcasting content as well as online bulletin boards and community forums.
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According to the report, the filing was made as recently as November 2.
A new kind of hip-hop feud?
If indeed Mr Kardashian is thinking of entering the streaming game, it could be a result of his dispute with rival Jay-Z’s Tidal platform.
According to West, he’s owed unpaid royalties for ‘The Life of Pablo’ album, which arrived as a Tidal exclusive.
A TMZ report this July centred around claims Tidal stiffed West on bonus payments for the new subscribers the album brought in.
According to the report, the disputed figure is in excess of $3 million.
On the other side of the coin, Tidal claimed West promised exclusive access to the album and breached an accord by making it available other streaming platforms.
Whether West would market his own music through the Yeezy Sound platform, or seek a more encompassing streaming solution would be interesting.
Starting a Tidal rival in a marketplace so competitive would surely have a limited chance of success.
However, considering West thinks he’s going to run for president of the United States in 2020, we’d put nothing past him.
A hip-hop feud revolving around rival digital streaming services? We’ve come a long way since Biggie & Tupac, eh?
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