Kanye West Being Sued Over Promises of Tidal Exclusive Album

Kanye West is not a new face when it comes to news and digital issues, with his latest album, the life of Pablo, pirated over half a million times while it was still an exclusive at Tidal. The problem for many was that Kanye had offered the album as an exclusive for Tidal, the online streaming service that he has invested in. The so-called exclusive has now led to Kayne West being sued over promises that it would be a Tidal exclusive album, promises that didn’t last very long.

Justin Baker-Rhett is a fan of musician Kanye West, but he is now at the center of a lawsuit targeted towards both Kanye West and S.Carter Enterprises (SCE), the company that owns the Tidal music streaming service.

The lawsuit alleges that the rapper mislead his fans into buying and supporting the streaming service by falsely promising that his album, the Life of Pablo, would only ever be available on Tidal. A month and a half later the album appeared on both Apple Music and Spotify, leading many to believe that his claims about the album being an exclusive were nothing more than false advertising to boost Tidal’s falling sales figures.

Tidal promises greater control and royalties to those that use it to share their music so it’s hard to see West’s tweet as nothing more than an attempt to get people to buy in and listen to it on the platform before realising that he might not get the following on Tidal, whose subscription numbers are reported to have jumped from 1 million to 3 million following the announcement.

Kanye West’s Latest Album Already Pirated Over Half a Million Times

Kanye West recently released his new album, The Life of Pablo, exclusively on the music streaming service Tidal owned by fellow artist Jay-Z. However, amidst numerous complaints from fans that they have been unable to listen to the album they had paid for on Tidal, piracy has sprung up. The album became incredibly popular on The Pirate Bay, appearing not just once, but twice in the site’s top 10 music downloads.

Torrenting blog Torrent Freak estimate that the album has already been illegally downloaded over half a million times, with as many as 10,000 people sharing a copy of a single torrent of the album at one time. Torrents aren’t the only way that pirates illegally acquire music either, with numerous direct downloads and private hosts further inflating the numbers by and unknown amount. This level of piracy is unprecedented according to Torrent Freak, describing the piracy of The Life of Pablo as “something we haven’t seen with a music release before.”

Being such a hotly anticipated release, it could be expected that the levels of piracy would be high.It seems clear that Kanye’s choice to release the album solely on Tidal, which has been plagued with issues around the release and announcements that the album would never be for sale have clearly driven more and more fans to illegal measures to enjoy the album. Despite the efforts of the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA), who have issued takedown notices to Google and removed numerous torrents, as the material becomes widespread, the more easily it springs back up.