Kanye West goes back on his word, releases latest album on Apple Music & Spotify

Kanye West goes back on his word, releases latest album on Apple Music & Spotify
You may remember Kanye West's recent outburst regarding his latest album, The Life of Pablo, which he declared would not be available outside of the Tidal streaming service. Today, however, the musician's most recent LP has been introduced to Spotify and Apple Music, the latter of which West explicitly stated would never stream the album. 

The Jay Z-owned Tidal streamer, which recently reached 3 million users, has plenty of ground to make up on its competitors. Spotify, for example, boasts some 30 million paying subscribers, whilst many tens of millions more utilize its free, ad-supported service. Apple Music and Google Music have the incredibly large backing of their respective creators, which has prompted Tidal to reel customers in through a wealth of exclusive content. 

The strong-arm tactics appear to have worked somewhat: Tidal's user base has grown to its healthy current number despite well-documented struggles when Jay Z first took over. But the fact that The Life of Pablo has made it way to services beyond Tidal will not do wonders to Tidal's notion of exclusivity, which is one of its selling points. 

Even so, starving rivals of early access to TLoP will have prompted some Kanye fans to hop on the Tidal bandwagon. Given the large number of well-known artists affiliated with Tidal, it's reasonable to suggest that the same method may be deployed again and again in future, which could then draw folk away from Spotify, Apple Music and the rest. Taylor Swift notably pulled her immensely popular 1989 album from Spotify some time ago, and threatened to do likewise with Apple Music before Cupertino agreed to what Swift deemed a fairer payment deal for artists. 

Whatever the case, if you are a fan of the polarizing rapper, you can now check his latest album out via Spotify, Apple Music, or indeed Tidal. 

source: Apple Music

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56 Comments

1. thetcmbway

Posts: 30; Member since: Mar 15, 2016

Lol typical Thug

3. artificialintelligence

Posts: 166; Member since: Dec 05, 2015

How did you come up with that conclusion? What has kanye done to make him a thug do your listen to his music do you even know what the definition of a thug is ? Oh becuase he's black he automatically falls into the thug category? RANT RANT RANT RANT

7. natypes

Posts: 1110; Member since: Feb 02, 2015

Probably this factual stuff actually.... On September 11, 2008, West and his road manager/bodyguard Don "Don C." Crowley were arrested at Los Angeles International Airport and booked on charges of felony vandalism after an altercation with the paparazzi in which West and Crowley broke the photographers' cameras. West was ARRESTED again on November 14, 2008 at the Hilton hotel near Gateshead after another scuffle involving a photographer outside the famous Tup Tup Palace nightclub in Newcastle upon Tyne. On July 19, 2013, West was leaving LAX as he was surrounded by dozens of paparazzi. West became increasingly agitated as a photographer, Daniel Ramos, continued to ask him why people were not allowed to speak in his presence. West then says, "I told you don't talk to me, right? You trying to get me in trouble so I steal off on you and have to pay you like $250,000 and s**t." Then he allegedly charged the man and grabbed him and his camera. The incident captured by TMZ, took place for a few seconds before a female voice can be heard telling West to stop.

9. thetcmbway

Posts: 30; Member since: Mar 15, 2016

He's not a Thug. I just want to see how many upvotes it generates.

34. darkkjedii

Posts: 30687; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

No, you really think he's a thug, but you got called out, had no intelligent answer, and changed your tune. Lying ass troll.

42. thetcmbway

Posts: 30; Member since: Mar 15, 2016

No, that is false. I do not think Kanye is a Thug, and I'm a huge Kanye fan. I wanted to see how many people actually think he's a Thug. Idiot.

44. darkkjedii

Posts: 30687; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

Mmmmmmmmmmk :/

10. artificialintelligence

Posts: 166; Member since: Dec 05, 2015

In every one of those sinarios he was being harassed by the paparazzi your telling me you wouldn't act the same way ? Thugs kill and strangle their victims look up the definition yes he is violent but he is simply defending himself thank for trying

11. xq10xa

Posts: 801; Member since: Dec 07, 2010

People who want to avoid Paparazzi avoid them. It is his choice to have people with cameras around him. Their publicists tell TMZ, etc where they are going to be. If you don't understand that then it's no wonder you listen to that kind of "music". You don't see people harrassing people like Keanu Reeves, Adele, Joe Rogan, etc.

39. darkkjedii

Posts: 30687; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

LMAOOOOO! You could've used 3 bigger stars to support your argument lol. Adele...kinda.

53. InfDaMarvel

Posts: 18; Member since: Oct 20, 2010

Christ...use some logic. Hip-hop is the biggest category of music, fact. Another fact, All those names you listed are people who are constantly sought after by paparazzi. Also, paparazzi look for celebrities 99% of the time not the other way around. Paparazzi get paid for the photos and videos they take without consent, not the other way around. Christ if you wanna find a "Thug" look at a few comments on this website. Plenty of cyber bullies.

36. darkkjedii

Posts: 30687; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

Good post.

20. SYSTEM_LORD

Posts: 1168; Member since: Oct 05, 2015

So he's a thug because he was arrested for swatting away those lowlife paparazzi? I'd smash their cameras too if they were in my face like flies on trash. Some of you tech geeks are extremely disgusting and bigoted

54. InfDaMarvel

Posts: 18; Member since: Oct 20, 2010

And sheltered*

23. canner

Posts: 68; Member since: Feb 29, 2016

Charlie Sheen, Justin Beiber, Mel Gibson, Donald Trump. you wanna tell me all these "men" are thugs?

29. SYSTEM_LORD

Posts: 1168; Member since: Oct 05, 2015

Calling these people "thugs" would never even cross their minds. This is proof of the racial bias afloat even among this kind of community.

35. darkkjedii

Posts: 30687; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

LMAOOOOO, and that makes him a thug? Post the arrests of him snatching purses, selling dope to kids, and gang banging...ya know real thug stuff. 10 times outta 10, the paparazzi asks for it, and he gave it to them. Another weak ass post.

49. ChocolateThunder

Posts: 12; Member since: Dec 30, 2015

true.

52. natypes

Posts: 1110; Member since: Feb 02, 2015

Typical

50. ChocolateThunder

Posts: 12; Member since: Dec 30, 2015

You suck. Log off.

18. Dr.Phil

Posts: 2235; Member since: Feb 14, 2011

Definition of a thug: a violent person. Yes, I do believe Kanye West falls under this definition of the word. Also, just to point out by assuming that the person commenting is defining someone based on race without them explicitly saying that is mentalism on your part. Mentalism is the discrimination of someone based on what you assume their intelligence is. Since you seemed to call into question his understanding of word usage and assumed they made the assumption based on race is an insult to their intelligence and understanding. In other words: by you calling someone out as a racist based on no factual information, you are actually engaging in a counter-discrimination of the worst kind.

30. artificialintelligence

Posts: 166; Member since: Dec 05, 2015

Oh STFU I never watched your lame a** show anyways your no real doctor

21. A-ForeveR

Posts: 23; Member since: Dec 19, 2012

Well Rich and famous do have free pass for being a colossal douche..and this one right here is the KING of DOUCHE LAND.!!

8. matistight

Posts: 900; Member since: May 13, 2009

Typical white person response

40. darkkjedii

Posts: 30687; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

Put racist between typical and white, and you've nailed it.

37. darkkjedii

Posts: 30687; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

Typical dumb ass post.

4. ihavenoname

Posts: 1693; Member since: Aug 18, 2013

We all knew this was going to happen...

5. ryq24

Posts: 872; Member since: Oct 17, 2011

He need the money to sustain his lifestyle and sticking with tidal will not help. He also recently declared that he have incurred huge debt.

6. sissy246

Posts: 6907; Member since: Mar 04, 2015

Thug no, cry baby yes

12. SIGPRO

Posts: 2810; Member since: Oct 03, 2012

Kanye's @ss is broke, and his music sucks!

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