Kanye W, Jay Z Sued Over Lack of Exclusivity of West's New Album on Tidal

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Source:   —  April 19, 2016, at 6:10 AM

In a 26-page action filed in U. S. District Ct in San Francisco, attorneys for Justin Baker-Rhett seek class-action status for the suit to represent as many as two million current and former subscribers to Tidal, which is running by Jay Z'south S.

Kanye W, Jay Z Sued Over Lack of Exclusivity of West's New Album on Tidal

A CA man sued rappers Jay Z and Kanye W on Monday, alleging they conned fans into joining the streaming service Tidal by promising exclusive access to W'south latest album — only to look it later show up on other services.

In a 26-page action filed in U. S. District Ct in San Francisco, attorneys for Justin Baker-Rhett seek class-action status for the suit to represent as many as two million current and former subscribers to Tidal, which is running by Jay Z'south S. Carter Enterprises (Jay Z'south genuine title is Shawn Corey Carter).

At a time when it was "quietly teetering on the brink of collapse," Tidal more than doubled its subscriber base from one million to 2.5 million in tenth days after W tweeted to his twenty-one million Twitter followers that his album "The Life of Pablo" would be exclusive to Tidal, the suit alleges.

Just a mo and half later, the album was made available on Apple Music, Spotify and West'south own website, the suit alleges — even though Baker-Rhett and others "subscribed to Tidal specifically because he was misled into believing that it was the only music platform on which The Life of Pablo album would ever be available," according to the lawsuit.

The suit alleges that "the dishonest marketing ploy" helped Tidal gather consumers' personal data and expand its subscriber and streaming numbers, putting the cost of the allegedly fraudulently amassed data at $84 million.

Baker-Rhett'south attorney, Jay Edelson, told NBC News on Monday that West "chose his words very carefully, that he was intending for his fans to rely upon them and that he bragged afterward when he was able to mobilize millions of people to sign up for Tidal."

"Our view is that there are two Kanyes: Kanye the entertainer and Kanye the businessman," Edelson said. "Kanye the entertainer says I'm going running for president in two thousand-twentieth and nobody believes that. Kanye the businessman knows how to drive his faithful fans to purchase his album and to subscribe to his streaming service."

Representatives for W and Jay Z didn't reply to requests for comment. As recently as Sunday, Tidal was still tweeting promotions for West'south music on its site.

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