Kanye West has settled a lawsuit with a fan who sued the artist in 2016 over false claims that The Life of Pablo could be obtainable to stream completely on Tidal. The phrases of the settlement weren’t disclosed, in accordance with courtroom paperwork, however all costs concerned have been dropped.
The courtroom paperwork particularly state that Justin Baker-Rhett (plaintiff) and West, “hereby stipulate and conform to the dismissal of Plaintiff’s particular person claims with prejudice and the putative class’s claims with out prejudice, with every celebration to bear its personal lawyer charges and prices.” A possible class-action lawsuit that was threatened in 2016 can even not transfer ahead, in accordance with the paperwork.
Justin Baker-Rhett, a Kanye West fan and seemingly sad recipient of a Tidal subscription, signed up for the service to stream the album. He was prompted to take action by a tweet from West, which has since been deleted. “My album won’t ever by no means by no means be on Apple,” West tweeted in February 2016. “And it’ll by no means be on the market … You may solely get it on Tidal.”
A few weeks later, nevertheless, The Lifetime of Pablo was obtainable to stream on each Apple Music and Spotify. Baker-Rhett felt conned into buying a Tidal subscription, which value $9.99 monthly on the time. There are nonetheless just a few Kanye albums that aren’t obtainable on Spotify, like his collaborative album with Jay-Z, Watch the Throne.
Though The Lifetime of Pablo is in every single place, West’s statements on the time have been indicative of the exclusivity wars playing out across streaming platforms. Tidal was speculated to be the unique dwelling for quite a few artists, who have been attempting to take again their music from streaming giants Apple and Spotify.
Since 2016, nevertheless, the perspective has shifted as Apple and Spotify have cut new, more artist-friendly deals with labels, a few of which let artists preserve their latest tracks from being instantly streamed totally free, and musicians have warmed to the fact of the streaming market. Now, most albums can be found to stream throughout all platforms. Whereas some artists, like Drake and Taylor Swift, nonetheless work inside exclusivity home windows — giving a streaming platform like Apple Music just a few weeks of exclusivity earlier than making it obtainable in every single place — it’s uncommon that an album is on the market on only one streaming service.
It’s unclear if Baker-Rhett acquired any fee from West, however at the least he can relaxation straightforward understanding that West probably isn’t a big fan of Tidal anymore, either.