Thursday 23 February 2017

Let the battle begin - Jay Z pulls Reasonable Doubt album from Spotify

Aoife Kelly

Aoife Kelly

Rihanna, Nicki Minaj, Madonna, Deadmau5 and Kanye West at the launch in New York of the new high-fidelity music-streaming service Tidal
Rihanna, Nicki Minaj, Madonna, Deadmau5 and Kanye West at the launch in New York of the new high-fidelity music-streaming service Tidal
Jay Z, has joined forces with an army of music stars to unveil Tidal, a revamped music service, that is set to challenge Spotify

Jay Z's album Reasonable Doubt has been pulled from Spotify following the last week's launch of his Tidal streaming service.

The album, which was released in 1996, has disappeared from Spotify in the Us and Canada, although is still available to stream in the UK and Ireland, The Independent reports.

Tidal, which is owned by artists and endeavours to change the music industry and create better benefits for both artists and fans.

Speaking at a Tidal Q&A he said, "I know everyone thinks ”new company, main business competitor is Spotify“ but we're really not here to compete with anyone, we're actually here to improve the landscape

“If just the presence of Tidal causes other companies to have better pay structure, or to pay more attention to it moving forward, then we've been successful in one way. So we don't really view them as competitors. As the tide rises, all the boats rise.”

Taylor Swift, who removed her entire back catalogue from Spotify earlier this year, has placed it on Tidal (apart from the album 1989), which has garnered the support of high profile artists including Kanye West, Madonna, Beyonce, Alicia Keys, Rihanna, and Daft Punk.

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