Kanye West allegedly departed with Tidal on July 3, 2017, due to a financial dispute.
West is a songwriter, rapper, fashion designer, husband to Kim Kardashian-West, and father to North and Saint. He is no stranger to the business and has a knack for speaking his mind. So when there is a problem, best believe he is not scared to be candid.
Tidal is a streaming service created by Jay Z. It claims to pay the highest percent of royalties to an artist that is collaborating with them. Being good friends with Jay Z, West was one of the first artists to work with Tidal when it became public in 2015. He is considered a key player in Tidal’s success bringing more than 1.5 million subscribers to the platform.
West has recently terminated his contract with Tidal. Allegedly, Tidal owes the rapper over $3 million. He has been unsatisfied with the company for a while now. West’s lawyers immediately sent out letters informing Tidal they were in breach of the contract. Jay Z’s lawyers responded and tried to resolve the issue, which was a failure.
Tidal is threatening to sue. The streaming service is claiming West has not delivered on his part of the deal. Therefore, they are not in breach of the contract. Tidal sent a letter back to the rapper’s lawyers saying that he is still under contract, and if he leaves for another streaming service they have no other choice but to sue him. In retaliation, he threatened to counter sue.
As a result of this incident, West reported that he is done with bonuses from any other platform.
Tidal may have lost its biggest working artist. West, being the big shot that he is, has hundreds of loyal fans that follow him. West had brought millions to join the Tidal platform, which was more than any other artist working. The dispute is going to end in court, however, with or without Tidal, West will continue to be one of the biggest rappers of this time.
Written by Breanna Harris
Edited by Jeanette Smith
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