Jay Z’s 4:44 no longer a Tidal exclusive as Kanye West ditches service

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Jay Z’s first album in four years, 4:44, launched as a Tidal and Sprint exclusive earlier this week. Today though, the album is available to listen to on Apple Music, Google Play and Amazon Music.

Although many online suggested that the album would likely arrive on the other music streaming services before long, neither Roc Nation nor Jay Z confirmed this.

Today though it is official.

Jay Z’s 4:44 is now available on Apple Music, Google Play Music and Amazon Music… but not Spotify

Incidentally, if you’re a Spotify user, you’ll still be left out in the cold. The album isn’t yet available on the service and there’s no indication if or when it will arrive on the service.

Kanye West leaves Tidal

But there might be some light at the end of the tunnel for Kanye West fans on Spotify.

The long-time Jay Z collaborator has this week terminated his exclusive contract with Tidal, suggesting that his music is no longer exclusive to the service.

According to reports by Complex and TMZ, the streaming service still owes West around US$3-million for bringing more than a million new subscribers to the service after Life of Pablo was released.

There’s no clear indication of what will happen to Kanye’s current tracks on Tidal, but it’s safe to say this probably isn’t the last we hear of the brewing Jay Z/Kanye West feud.

Feature image: Roc Nation (@RocNation) via Twitter

Andy Walker, former editor


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