Courtroom drama upcoming for Kanye West!
You’ll remember that Yeezy initially dropped his new album, The Life Of Pablo, on Tidal as a streaming-only work of art — and for a while, the rapper stuck to his guns about never wanting to make it downloadable!
But oh, how quickly he changed his tune just a few weeks later when he decided to make it downloadable, as well as eventually offering it on both Apple Music and Spotify.
All those biz decisions may have gotten ‘Ye a number one record — but now they’ve also get him a class action lawsuit!
A man named Justin Baker-Rhett has brought a lawsuit to U.S. District Court in San Francisco, claiming he and millions of other users were duped into paying subscription fees to Tidal because Yeezus was initially so adamant that his music would only be available on the streaming site.
Then, when Kanye widened his net on sites to carry TLOP, Baker-Rhett contends that he and millions of other new subscribers to Tidal were left paying $9.99 a month for a service they didn’t want!
Now, Baker-Rhett — who contends that the number of subscribers ‘Ye brought to Tidal could be worth as much as $84 million, wants Jay Z‘s streaming service to delete all information collected on users who signed up to stream West’s album, writing in court filings:
“Mr. West’s promise of exclusivity also had a grave impact on consumer privacy.”
Baker-Rhett’s attorney, Jay Edelson, added in a statement:
“We fully support the right of artists to express themselves freely and creatively, however creative freedom is not a license to mislead the public. We believe that we will be able to prove to a jury that Mr. West and Tidal tricked millions of people into subscribing to their services and that they will ultimately be held accountable for what they did.”
Part of Baker-Rhett’s case centers on Kanye’s own tweets, claiming the artist’s messages on Twitter prove he duped the public, like this one (below):
My album will never never never be on Apple. And it will never be for sale… You can only get it on Tidal.
— KANYE WEST (@kanyewest) February 15, 2016
To that, we say to Mr. Baker-Rhett: Sir, if you take seriously what Kanye West writes on Twitter, well, that one may be on you…
What do YOU think??
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