A Kanye West fan is not happy with the rapper after discovering that his new album The Life Of Pablo is now available on other streaming sites and is attempting to sue.
When releasing his new album back in February, West vowed to only release The Life Of Pablo to his good friend Jay-Z’s streaming service Tidal. As a result of the rapper’s promise of exclusivity, millions of his fans flocked to the site, allegedly giving Tidal an additional 2 million subscribers.
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
The proposed class action lawsuit, filed in US District Court in San Francisco by Justin Baker-Rhett, contends that West duped his fans. Tidal charges $9.99 a month, and West’s album has since been released for free to Apple Music and Spotify.
The lawsuit also contends fans were asked to give personal information, which, in combination with new subscribers, could allegedly have made the streaming service as much as $84 million.
“Mr. West’s promise of exclusivity also had a grave impact on consumer privacy,”; the lawsuit states.
In return, Baker-Rhett is asking for Tidal to delete the personal information from users who signed up for the rapper’s album.
“We fully support the right of artists to express themselves freely and creatively, however creative freedom is not a license to mislead the public,”; Baker-Rhett’s attorney Jay Edelson wrote in a statement. “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.”;