Published: Sun, April 09, 2017
Hi-Tech | By Merle Christensen

Jay Z Ditches Apple Music and Spotify for Exclusive Streaming on Tidal

Jay Z Ditches Apple Music and Spotify for Exclusive Streaming on Tidal

Interestingly, nearly all of Jay Z's albums are still available to stream on Google Play Music.

While this kind of thing is rare, that seems to be the case with Jay Z, as the artist has now pulled a majority of his albums from Apple Music and also Spotify. Apple Music, however, failed to comment on the removal.

Billboard reached out to Spotify and Jay Z and only heard back at press time from Spotify, which confirmed that "some of his catalog has been removed at the request of the artist". Jay-Z is the owner of a competing music streaming service called Tidal. Carter purchased Tidal's parent company in 2015 and re-launched the service in partnership with many other high-profile artists, who stated a desire to maintain control of, and a higher share of revenue from, their own work. Spotify, however, has argued that this balkanization of content is harmful to music fans' experience, and to the music industry overall. Last year, Jay Z's Blueprint series was removed from streaming services as well.

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Jay Z takes down albums from Apple Music.

A small handful of singles are all that remain of Jay Z's music on Spotify and Apple Music, including collaborations with artists like Kanye West, Rihanna, R. Kelly, and Linkin Park.

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