Fan Sues Kanye And Jay Z's Tidal Over Album

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Source:   —  April 19, 2016, at 0:13 AM

The lawsuit cites Kanye W tweets that indicated his album, The Life Of Pablo, would "never never never" be on Apple Music.

Fan Sues Kanye And Jay Z's Tidal Over Album

A Kanye W fan has sued the rapper and Jay Z's music streaming service Tidal, claiming they duped customers over the release of Kanye's latest album.

In the pending class-action lawsuit, Justin Baker-Rhett contends he signed up for the $9.99 a mo Tidal based on West'south promise that the service would be the exclusive outlet for his album.

West'south The Life Of Pablo has since been released for free on Apple Music and Spotify.

Mister Baker-Rhett'south lawsuit claims the fraudulent promise sent millions of customers flocking to Tidal ahead of the album'south release in February.

The lawsuit includes references to West'south tweets, including one in which he proclaimed: "My album will never never never be on Apple. And it'll never be for sale... You can only obtain it on Tidal."

Mister Baker-Rhett accuses W and Tidal of promising exclusivity as a ploy to boost the struggling service and to gather personal information that the lawsuit claims could be worth as much as $84m (£59m) for Tidal.

He's asking a judge to order Tidal to remove information collected from users, including credit card details, music preferences and other personal information.

In a statement, Mr Baker-Rhett'south attorney, Jay Edelson, said: "We fully support the right of artists to express themselves freely and creatively, however creative freedom isn't a licence to mislead the public.

"We believe that we'll be able to prove to a jury that Mister W and Tidal tricked millions of people into subscribing to their services and that they'll ultimately be held accountable for what they did."

Tidal and West haven't commented on the lawsuit.

W is one of the service's "owner-artists" who's a stake in the company.

After purchasing Tidal in March two thousand fifteen from Scandinavian company Apsiro, Jay Z enlisted some of the music industry'south biggest stars, including West, Madonna, Rihanna, Beyonce and Alicia Keys.

Tidal has since threatened valid action against Apsiro after accusing the firm of overinflating its subscriber figures.

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