In a not so shocking turn of events, Jay Z has begun to remove his music from the Spotify streaming platform.
Jay Z’s new Tidal platform could soon be snatching away many of Spotify’s customers and clients. Jay Z is a forced to be reckoned with when it comes to business.
Via All Hip Hop reports:
According to Watch Loud, Jay Z’s classic debut album Reasonable Doubt is no longer available on the service, but his entire discography can be streamed on the new Tidal platform.
Jay explained that one of the reasons he and numerous other musicians joined together for Tidal was because other streaming services had an unbalanced profit-sharing system with the artists. He spoke about the payout structure during a Q&A at NYU.
“You guys may have seen some of the stats like, Aloe Blacc had a song that was streamed 168 million times and he got paid $4,000,” said Jay. “For us, it’s not us standing here saying we’re poor musicians. If you provide a service, you should be compensated for it. And not just artists — just think about the writers and the producers.”
Taylor Swift pulled all her music from Spotify in 2014. The country/pop superstar’s catalog is included on Tidal. The artist owned company is also separating itself from other streaming services by providing exclusive content such as new songs by Rihanna and Beyoncé.
Tidal users can also stream exclusive videos from The White Stripes and Madonna. Jeymes Samuel’s Black western They Die By Dawn starring Michael K. Williams, Rosario Dawson, and Erykah Badu is only available on the platform as well.
A “Reasonable Doubt” search on Spotify will provide the below results: