Trusted Reviews is supported by its audience. If you purchase through links on our site, we may earn a commission. Learn more.

The Kanye non-exclusive nets Tidal, West and Jay-Z a big fat lawsuit

When Kanye West told the world his new album The Life of Pablo would only be available on Tidal many devotees pledged allegiance to Jay-Z’s upstart streaming service, sending the app to the top of the charts.

However, Kanye, perhaps due to some apparent money problems, failed to keep his promise and recently released the full-length LP on Apple Music, Spotify and Google Play Music.

The result? A civil lawsuit against Jay-Z, Tidal and West himself.

The plaintiff, Kanye fan Justin Baker-Rhett claimed Tidal deliberately mis-sold the exclusive in order to boost adoption.

A legal for the claimant told Pitchfork: “Mr. Baker-Rhett believes that superstars are required to follow the same rules as everyone else.

“Even if their streaming service is struggling, they can’t trick millions of people into paying money (and giving up personal information) just to boost valuation numbers.”

Related: Best Music Streaming Service

West’s vow to would-be Tidal subscribers was accompanied by a vow that he would “never, never, never be on Apple,” which proved to be somewhat of a rallying call to those with an natural aversion to Apple and its products.

West and Tidal are yet to publicly comment on the suit.

Why trust our journalism?

Founded in 2003, Trusted Reviews exists to give our readers thorough, unbiased and independent advice on what to buy.

Today, we have millions of users a month from around the world, and assess more than 1,000 products a year.

author icon

Editorial independence

Editorial independence means being able to give an unbiased verdict about a product or company, with the avoidance of conflicts of interest. To ensure this is possible, every member of the editorial staff follows a clear code of conduct.

author icon

Professional conduct

We also expect our journalists to follow clear ethical standards in their work. Our staff members must strive for honesty and accuracy in everything they do. We follow the IPSO Editors’ code of practice to underpin these standards.