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Judge clears way for class-action lawsuit over Tidal exclusive


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Tidal is at the centre of another legal row, but this time it may be an artist, rather than the streaming service, which ends up in court.

The focus is on Kanye West’s 2016 album ‘The Life of Pablo’ and West’s tweets around its release promising that “my album will never never never be on Apple”, on account of its exclusivity to Tidal.

Two years on, a fan who signed up for a Tidal free trial to get the album, and then paid $9.99 for the second month before cancelling – as the album came out on other streaming services including Apple’s – has launched a class-action lawsuit against West.

“The rapper’s lawyers argued that his statement was true when made and that, as he was repeatedly fine-tuning ‘The Life of Pablo’ on Tidal, the album was effectively a new, remastered version when it went live on other platforms,” reported CTV News.

A judge has slapped that argument down as “tenuous” and cleared a path for the class-action to proceed, although he did clear Tidal of blame for its own tweet about the album “streaming exclusively on Tidal.com” as being correct at the time of publication.

Stuart Dredge

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