Are they really gone? Yes, Jay Z has removed all of his solo albums off streaming services except TIDAL.
He is one of the most successful businessmen in the music industry. From starting his own record label, creating his well-known clothing line Roc-A-Wear and conducting astute business deals with elite executives, Jay Z has proven that he is not a businessman, but he is indeed a business, man!
Jay Z, born Shawn Corey Carter, is a business, man and a self-made millionaire. His latest endeavor as a successful business man and entrepreneur is partnering with TIDAL. Recently relaunched, this music streaming service was previously owned by Norwegian/ Swedish public company Aspiro.
Aspiro is a Sweden based company that interacts with supplying complete television and music streaming services. The services capitalize in the expansion and sale of music solutions for streaming and downloads.
With over 1 million subscribers, the company once worth $56 million dollars, is now worth more than $600 million dollars.
With many believing that Jay Z is the sole owner of TIDAL, a TIDAL executive spoke with a Wall Street Journal to clarify the Brooklyn, New York rapper’s position within the company.
According to Vania Schlogel, TIDAL executive,
“Jay Z is not the sole owner of TIDAL. Instead, artists are equal owners in the company.”
Like many of the artist who are co-owners of the popular streaming service, Jay Z silently removed his solo albums from non TIDAL streaming services. Users of Apple Music can still stream albums and songs that the rap mogul has collaborated with other artist on like, Watch the Throne (a collaborated album with Kanye West and Jay Z)
Jay Z has removed a few albums like Reasonable Doubt off of competitors streaming sites. Shortly thereafter, the complete Blueprint series disappeared. While Jay Z previously removed those classics, this is the first time he has pulled his full solo album collection off of streaming services like Apple Music and Spotify.
Why Did Jay Z Remove Music From Non TIDAL Streaming Services?
The idea of TIDAL is to allow the artists to be in control. Instead of listeners being able to stream the music for free, TIDAL has become the place where artist can get paid for their music through subscriptions.
“The artist owners felt very passionately about the mission upon which Tidal is founded, and so the artists are equal owners in the company,” Schlogel said.
When asked if Vania Schlogel believed whether or not artist would pull their music off of streaming services like Apple Music and Spotify, Schlogel shared with Wall Street Journal that she is more concerned with artist being able to release their work for free or receive compensation for it.
“I think it really comes down to the artist choice,” she said. “I would like to see artists have the choice to be able to mandate whether or not their art is for free or paid. That’s what we stand for. Again, the artists are empowered. And so, in the distribution of their own repertoire, they should have a say whether or not they want it to be paid [or] for free.”