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Kanye West Blames Rivalry Between Apple and Tidal for Lack of New Collaboration With Jay-Z

During the Seattle leg of his Saint Pablo Tour, Kanye West was reported as calling out the rivalry between Apple Music and Tidal as the main factor behind the reason why there won't be a sequel to Watch The Throne, his 2011 collaboration with Jay-Z. The main reason appears to be Jay-Z's ownership of Tidal and the streaming company's ongoing rift with Apple Music, which he previously said was negatively affecting the music industry as a whole (via The Fader). West also said that he and Jay-Z didn't appear on the final cut of Drake's song "Pop Style" because of the same "beef" between the two streaming services. The singer hinted that Apple didn't want artists mainly associated with a rival to appear on one of its exclusive albums, Drake's Views. During the concert, West said the trio needed to quash the squabble and "let people have this song," echoing a similar tweet he sent out over the summer. "Y'all didn't get, what y'all were supposed to get with me and Drake on this song because of some Tidal/Apple bull----," Kanye said. "Every time I perform this song I think about this s---. I think about the politics. I think about how hard I go for music, for art, for y'all." Kanye's discontent with Apple Music began earlier in the year when he remained adamant that his new album "Pablo" would "never" launch on the service, but it eventually did after a few weeks. In the summer, West tweeted out a request for Apple and Tidal to meet and officially end their fight, which came on the back of reports that Apple might have been discussing the acquisition of Tidal. Apple Music

Kanye West Wants Meeting Between Tim Cook and Jay Z to End 'Beef' Between Apple Music and Tidal

In a series of tweets sent out this afternoon, musician Kanye West claimed that the schism between Apple Music and rival streaming music service Tidal is negatively affecting the music industry as a whole. West is one of the artists closely aligned with Tidal, who's also one of its co-owners, along with the likes of Jay Z, BeyoncĂ©, Rihanna, Nicki Minaj, Jack White, and others. In three subsequent tweets, West suggested that Apple CEO Tim Cook and Jay Z, along with a few other executives at Tidal and Apple, get "on the phone or in a room" within the coming week to discuss a partnership between the two services. It's unclear if West's language is corroborating that talks between Apple and Tidal have in fact been ongoing over the last few weeks, or if he's simply suggesting the idea based off of those reports from earlier in the summer. I need Tim Cook Jay Z Dez Jimmy Larry me and Drake Scooter on the phone or in a room this week!!!— KANYE WEST (@kanyewest) July 30, 2016 In the last tweet, West tells Apple to "give Jay his check now and stop trying to act like you Steve," potentially hinting that Apple is trying out its "hard-nosed" negotiating tactics again, which was recently reported to be causing the company trouble in the television market. If the two managed to agree on a deal, Tidal's purchase could bring Apple a roster of new and exclusive artists, possibly helping the Cupertino company realize its aim for content that puts it in line with "MTV in its 80s and 90s heyday." Earlier in the year, Kanye was adamant that his new album The Life of Pablo would "ne

Kanye West Releases Single 'Famous' From New Album on Apple Music [Updated]

Although Kanye West's entire new album, "The Life of Pablo," remains exclusive to Tidal, the artist recently released a single onto rival services like Apple Music, Google Play, and Spotify (via Pitchfork). The song available is called "Famous," and is described as "a sinister reflection on fame - featuring a Rihanna hook and brilliant samples" by the Editor's Notes on Apple Music. The release of Famous comes a few weeks after West tweeted that The Life of Pablo would "never never never" come to Apple Music or iTunes. The context of that tweet may point towards a less-than-serious mindset from the artist, because around the same time he tweeted about being $53 million in debt while using the social network to ask for money from Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg. In the transition to the new services, Famous also got a lyric change. The line reading "she be Puerto Rican day parade wavin'" was replaced with "she in school to be a real estate agent" on Apple Music, Google Play, and Spotify. Those interested can listen to Famous from The Life of Pablo on Apple Music here. Update 4/1: The Life of Pablo is officially available for fans to listen on Apple Music, Google Play, and Spotify, ending its previous exclusivity with Tidal. The album is also available as a $20 download from West's official website.

Kanye West Says New Album Will 'Never' Be Available Through Apple Music

Kanye West's latest album, "The Life of Pablo," is available exclusively on Tidal, the Apple Music rival service created by Jay Z. According to West, he has no plans to offer "The Life of Pablo" through other streaming services, including Apple Music, instead intending for it to be a permanent Tidal exclusive. In a tweet shared this afternoon, West said "The Life of Pablo" will "never never never" be available through Apple, a statement that presumably includes both Apple Music and iTunes. 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 seriousness of West's claim about never releasing the album on Apple Music and other streaming services is unclear, as his recent tweets declaring himself to be $53 million in debt and asking Mark Zuckerberg and Larry Page for money may point towards a muddled state of mind. West, who is an investor in Tidal, announced the launch of his new "The Life of Pablo" album over the weekend following a performance on Saturday Night Life. While West originally planned to release the album on his website as well as streaming it on Tidal, he later changed his mind to encourage potential listeners to buy a Tidal subscription, priced at $9.99 a month for a standard premium subscription or $19.99 a month for a HiFi subscription. West's decision has made the Tidal iOS app the top free iPhone app in Apple's App Store, according to the company's App Store