Tag: kanye west
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...
June 25, 2018
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...
June 13, 2018
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...
June 11, 2018
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...
December 7, 2016
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...
October 21, 2016
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...
October 10, 2016
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...
August 19, 2016
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...
August 1, 2016
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.
July 1, 2016
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...
June 29, 2016
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”...
April 19, 2016