Kanye West Waves White Flag, Makes Game-Changing Streaming Wars Decision
Grammy-winning rapper Kanye West is done with the streaming wars. The hip-hop star has reportedly pulled out of doing any future exclusive album deals with online platforms.
According to reports, Yeezy is now only focused on putting his music out to the masses.
Sources with knowledge of the conflict between Kanye and Tidal tell us Kanye does not want to enter into any more exclusive album releases or contracts with streaming services to host any upcoming projects of his, because he wants to avoid what happened on Tidal ... too limited access for far too long. We're told when Kanye does drop new material, he plans to make it available on as many music platforms as possible ... so more people can listen as soon as it's released. (TMZ)
Earlier in the day, reports surfaced about Kanye parting ways with JAY-Z's streaming giant TIDAL.
We're told Kanye's beef with Tidal is twofold - his Saint Pablo album resulted in 1 1/2 million new subscribers to Tidal, for which he was supposed to get a bonus but the company hasn't paid. Kanye also says Tidal reneged on reimbursing him for music videos. Our sources say Tidal's position is that Kanye didn't deliver the videos required by the contract. Kanye's response ... I'll deliver the videos when you pay me what I'm owed. (TMZ)
Coincidentally, JAY-Z takes ample shots at Ye on his new "Kill Jay-Z" 4:44 album.
Recently, hip-hop pioneer MC Lyte penned an open message to Kanye about his whereabouts.
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