Kanye West, Tidal sued over non-exclusivity of ‘The Life of Pablo’ album

Kanye West is being sued by a fan for making his new album, The Life of Pablo, available on iTunes and other streaming services after promising that it would be exclusive to Tidal. Jay Z's company Sean Carter Enterprises, which operates Tidal, is also targeted in a proposed class action lawsuit by fan Justin Baker-Rhett and law firm Edelson, reports TechCrunch (http://techcrunch.com/2016/04/18/jay-z-tidal-kanye-west-sued-for-misstatements-about-the-life-of-pablo-exclusivity/). The suit claims that consumers were duped into signing up for Tidal subscriptions under false pretenses.

West fans signed up for Tidal as the the artist had publicly announced that his album would “never” be on Apple. However, “West made a number of odd decisions surrounding the album’s release,” notes TechCrunch. He pulled the album shortly after its launch, saying he wanted to make a few last-minute changes. Tidal customers were not happy, saying they had paid for an album then didn’t receive the download. Some were even accidentally double-charged due to billing glitches. After the album finally returned to Tidal, West backtracked on his earlier statements and released it to all the major U.S. streaming competitors.