Kanye West and streaming service Tidal sued by a fan over the rapper’s latest release The Life of Pablo.
Justin Baker-Rhett, a San Francisco resident claims that Kanye West and Tidal have duped fans into subscribing to Tidal.
During the release of The Life of Pablo, West promised fans that the album would only be available in Tidal and nowhere else.
“My album will never never be on Apple. And it will never be for sale… You can only get it on Tidal,” West posted on Twitter.
The promise of exclusivity soon saw Tidal expanding its subscription base to over 3 million. It also saw the company value rise from $60m (£42m) to $84m (£58m).
However, since then West’s album has been released for free on Apple Music and Spotify.
The proposed class action lawsuit filed in U.S. District Court in San Francisco states that “Mr. West’s promise of exclusivity also had a grave impact on consumer privacy”. The subscription scheme has forced people to give out their credit card and other personal information.
“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, reports FOX News. “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.”
In a telephonic interview with Reuters, Edelson also said that he is against giving out vital personal information on the public domain.
“You can’t trick people into paying money and giving up personal information just because the company is struggling,” Edelson said.
Jay-Z who bought Tidal in March 2015 has been listed as a defendant in the lawsuit. Many top musicians associated with Tidal have also been named in the lawsuit.
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