Is it a betrayal of trust for your favorite artist to only have their newest album available on only one platform? Tidal, Spotify, and Apple Music has been butting heads in the past about this issue.
For example, Jay-Z had Spotify, Apple Music, iTunes, and Amazon remove all of his “Blueprint” albums and only allowed a few to remain. Making the “Blueprint” albums Tidal exclusive only. I mean, it’s his music, and his music company, he should have every right to, right? Maybe.
As of late, artists who has deals with music platforms can only release albums under that platform. For another example, Beyonce released “Lemonade” as a Tidal-only exclusive. That kinda sucks. It never came to Spotify or Apple Music! I know, ludicrous. (Not the rapper.)
Drake released “Views” on Apple music where it remained exclusive for only a week and then it was released on Spotify and Amazon and other platforms. I think that’s personally a better deal, having “early” access to his album because he’s signed to Apple. As a matter of fact, one of his tracks, “Pop Style” left people scratching their heads, not because of the lyrics, but because who didn’t make it on the final album version; Jay-Z and Kanye, who featured on the Single released on the radio.
Kanye had this to say during a rant from the other night:
“There will never be a Watch The Throne 2 … I wasn’t on the album version of ‘Pop Style’, ’cause of Hov. It was some Tidal/Apple bullshit. This shit gets me tight every time I perform this motherfucker.”
So basically, the rivalry and beef between Tidal and Apple prevented Drake and Kanye from dropping the song they wanted to for their fans. And that frustrates Kanye as much as it frustrates us, he can’t do what he wants to do with his music because of business contracts… Kanye and other artists under these labels can’t release their content freely.
Will the music industry continue to focus on business rather than the actual music?