By: Shirley Ju (@shirju)
(AllHipHop News) In 2016, Kanye West’s The Life Of Pablo was released exclusively on Tidal… or so they claim.
It seems the Tidal exclusivity was not granted, as Kanye West and Tidal now face a lawsuit that claims they tricked fans into subscribing to the streaming service, stating the album would only be available through this platform.
The case is still open, as U.S. District Court Judge Gregory Woods granted pieces of Tidal’s motions to dismiss the lawsuit but denied other parts.
He states, “We now will have a chance to move on with this case, including deposing Kanye.”
In February of 2016, Kanye West tweeted that the album “will never never never be on Apple. And it will never be for sale . . . You can only get it on Tidal.”
Six weeks later, TLOP was available on Apple Music and other platforms.
Ye’s argument is that the project was “updated and remixed numerous times, with different vocals, lyrics, and arrangements,” claiming his tweet was true in light of these new updated and remixed versions of the album.
The judge responded, “Mr. West’s argument is tenuous, and certainly does not pass muster in the context of a motion to dismiss.”