Jay Z Says Goodbye to Spotify and Apple Music

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The wrath of Tidal is finally here-all the solo Jay-Z music you know and love has finally disappeared from Spotify and Apple Music. Jay-Z's solo work is also nearly entirely absent from Amazon Music's streaming catalog, with just four tracks from mixtapes offered.

There hasn't been an official announcement from the artist as to why his catalog was pulled, but Spotify did clarify that it was done so at the artist's request. The artist has twice pulled individual albums from streaming services before, Reasonable Doubt and Blueprint, making them exclusive to Tidal, but this the first time he's removed his entire catalog.

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Both Spotify and Apple Music are stepping up their efforts to come up with original content. Last year, his 2001 album "The Blueprint" was also removed from all streaming services other than Tidal. Assuming Kanye West is a reliable source, it's likely that's exactly why his music isn't available for streaming on the two services. While Apple has done its best to secure exclusives with artists over the past year or so, there are also things that it can not control, like when an artist no longer wants to continue to offer their music on the service.




It isn't clear if this latest move is specifically meant to drive up Tidal subscriptions.

Jay Z may have 99 problems, but fans of the rapper/mogul are facing a problem of their own now that all his music has been yanked from Spotify and Apple Music, reportedly at the behest of Jay Z himself.

Though it has not managed to substantially dent the subscription numbers of frontrunners in the streaming music industry, Carter has still turned Tidal into a very solid investment.

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