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Judge clears way for class-action lawsuit over Tidal exclusive

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...
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Sandbox Issue 206: Appetite for Consumption

Lead: The album exclusive is pretty much dead. But in its place has come the growing demand from DSPs for bespoke and unique content. They all want to be serviced with something their rivals don’t have – but this is a...
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Dice rolls with Kanye West album-launch ticketing partnership

Kanye West’s listening events in Brooklyn, Miami and Chicago for his new album ‘Ye’ were understandably focused on the music. But there was a tech aspect too: West’s team and marketing agency 1AM worked with British...
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Spotify and Pandora reveal their top music of 2016

This isn’t just the season for digital music services to predict the hit artists of 2017: it’s also a time to look back at the top music of 2016 on their platforms. Spotify and Pandora have published their big 2016 lists...
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Kanye West criticises ‘Tidal / Apple bullshit’

Why didn’t Kanye West appear on ‘Pop Style’, a track on Drake’s recent album ‘Views’? West has blamed Apple and Tidal for his disappearance from a track that he originally contributed a verse to. “I wasn't...
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UMG general counsel says exclusives shouldn’t cause tension

You can rely on a senior lawyer to pour oil on troubled waters: Universal Music’s general counsel Jeffrey Harleston has been addressing the question of streaming exclusives, in an interview with Billboard. “I don’t...
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Frank Ocean, David Gray and the death of the “old” album

When is an album not an album? Kanye West has been constantly tinkering with The Life Of Pablo, adding, subtracting and rearranging it – treating it either as a rolling art exhibition or something he’ll just never be...
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Kanye West, Apple, Tidal and the art of public negotiation

If a tweet was posted and the media wasn’t around to get excited or outraged by it, did it even happen? The last person you should pose that question to is Kanye West, who is more than keen to have most aspects of his life...
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Tidal’s latest suitor is reportedly Apple Music

Gossip about Tidal being up for sale have been floating in the ether for at least half a year, even if the potential suitors (Samsung, Rhapsody, Google) have changed.
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Sandbox 160 – Brand Stand

Lead: In the second part of our special look at music, digital and branding, we speak to the record labels about how their dedicated divisions are adapting to online and mobile by securing the right partnerships deals. We...
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Tidal and Kanye West facing class-action privacy lawsuit

The latest class-action lawsuit to hit a streaming service has nothing to do with publishing royalties. Instead, consumer-tech privacy law firm Edelson PC is suing Tidal and Kanye West, claiming that Tidal “duped”...
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Tidal riding high in US App Store’s top-grossing chart

After a year of mostly-negative headlines around streaming service Tidal, today there’s some good news to report. This morning, Tidal is riding high in Apple’s US top-grossing apps chart: in fifth place, it’s making...