As reported by the Associated Press, Justin Baker-Rhett, a Kanye West fan, is filing a class action lawsuit against Kanye and Tidal over the false promise that The Life of Pablo would be available exclusively on Tidal.
At the release of TLOP, Kanye West assured that the album would be available only by subscribing to Tidal for $9.99. The album has since become available on Apple Music and Spotify. Before its release on the latter two streaming services, West had tweeted, “My album will never never be on Apple. And it will never be for sale… You can only get it on Tidal.”
Additionally, Baker-Rhett is seeking to have Tidal delete all the information of users who subscribed to Tidal for access to TLOP. The lawsuit states, “Mr. West’s promise of exclusivity also had a grave impact on consumer privacy.”
Jay Edelson, Baker-Rhett’s attorney, said 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."
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