Last week, Jay-Z's new album "4:44" debuted exclusively on his own music streaming service Tidal, and then reports predicted that the album would expand to Apple Music and other services one week later. Now, 4:44 has begun streaming on Apple Music, and is available for $9.99 on iTunes [Direct Link].

Earlier in the week, Jay-Z debuted a video for one of 4:44's tracks, The Story of O.J., on Apple Music while the album was still a Tidal exclusive. Even during its one-week exclusivity window, 4:44 went platinum in under a week, certifying that the record has sold 1 million equivalent album units in the United States. One equivalent album unit represents one full album sale, ten tracks sold from an album, or 1,500 on-demand audio and/or video streams from an album as of February 2016.

jay z 4 44
In the midst of Jay-Z's new album launch, Kanye West -- one of Tidal's initial sixteen artists/co-owners -- was reportedly seeking to end Tidal's exclusivity rights over his new music and break from the service (via Billboard). West was said to claim he was owed "more than $3 million" because his album "The Life of Pablo" "resulted in 1.5 million new subscribers to Tidal, for which he was supposed to get a bonus but the company hasn't paid."

Now, a source close to West has said that Tidal's exclusivity rights to his music have been terminated, "based on what is alleged to be Tidal's failure to honor its financial obligations." West has been vocal in the past about company rivalries negatively affecting the music industry as a whole, eventually allowing The Life of Pablo onto Apple Music after first saying it would "never" happen.

In addition to Apple Music, 4:44 has also begun streaming on Amazon Music Unlimited, although Spotify has not been included in the expansion of Jay-Z's newest album. Earlier this year, Jay-Z removed his entire catalog of music from Apple Music and Spotify, without giving a clear indication as to why, and while many of the songs reappeared on Apple Music a few days later, most of it remains missing from Spotify.

Top Rated Comments

Asarien Avatar
73 months ago
And it is very creepy. The first song is called "Kill Jay Z". Who write a song of themselves being killed and put it at the first song of the album. Jeeze!
The song is less than three minutes. Why don't you listen to it to find out?

Any Macrumors member found buying this deserves a life time ban.
This audience never passes the opportunity to bash on hip-hop albums any time it's news on this site, then are confused why Apple promotes them so much. It's because the artists are relevant and most of the ones who are promoted, are deeply profound with a relatable message.

If you're proud to boast how "rap's not your cup of tea," this album is actually perfect for you to listen to because:

* It's now on Apple Music, so you have no barrier of entry as a subscriber

* The whole thing is only 37 minutes
* Regardless whether you've listened to Jay-Z before or not, he's a successful businessman and billionaire, and this album documents his personal failures as a husband and father, in addition to sharing his wisdom and advice from his mistakes
* It's mature, adult music with a message, and isn't about "gang banging," womanizing or any typically negative stereotypes associated with rap
* And yes, even if you're a middle-aged, white guy in America, Jay-Z's stories of his mother's coming out, his marriage infidelity, and even his fear of how his children think of him once they're of age to form an opinion, is something we all struggle with, regardless of creed

In summation, just chill out and listen to at least the first track.
Score: 17 Votes (Like | Disagree)
Stalwart Avatar
73 months ago
What is Tidal? Who is Jay-Z?
The Toyota JZ engine family is a series of inline-6 automobile engines. A replacement for the M-series inline-6 engines, the JZ engines were 24-valve DOHC engines. The JZ engine was offered in 2.5- and 3.0-litre versions.
Score: 16 Votes (Like | Disagree)
LewisChapman Avatar
73 months ago
These rappers need to get over themselves.
Score: 11 Votes (Like | Disagree)
Porco Avatar
73 months ago
It's nice to see such old music getting such attention, I mention, this is breaking the tension, that's something I'm sensing. I just hope such commercial chronological diffidence doesn't spoil the experience for those who weren't handed, back in the day when the album first landed.
Exclusives on Tidal don't rival the survival of the titles of contenders like iTunes, they're pretenders. Lossless as a weapon is hopeless that's a lesson, back to school when you were freshmen, told you a week is not impressing.
Twenty-Four-Seven of duration 36:11? 4:44, you played it 2-7-5 times, no more, so was it worth it, signing for the service that only got you those extra days of verses?
We rehearse this: exclusives should go ride in hearses, they benefit no-one but salesmen, prompting curses, and worse is that fragmenting music is hard on the art, it breaks all our hearts, is that even smart?
Score: 10 Votes (Like | Disagree)
Kebabselector Avatar
73 months ago
I'm sure his fans that are Apple Music subscribers will be happy. For the rest move along and enjoy your own music tastes.
Score: 9 Votes (Like | Disagree)
rudychidiac Avatar
73 months ago
What is Tidal? Who is Jay-Z?
Score: 9 Votes (Like | Disagree)

Popular Stories

iOS 16

iOS 16.3 Now Available for Your iPhone With These 4 New Features

Friday February 3, 2023 1:13 pm PST by
Apple released iOS 16.3 in late January following nearly six weeks of beta testing. The software update is available for the iPhone 8 and newer, and while it is a relatively minor update, it still includes a handful of new features, changes, and bug fixes. Below, we've recapped new features in iOS 16.3, including support for physical security keys as a two-factor authentication option for...
iPhone 14 Pro Purple Side Perspective Feature Purple

Gurman: Apple Considering New High-End iPhone Alongside Pro and Pro Max

Sunday February 5, 2023 6:07 am PST by
Apple has discussed selling a new top-of-the-line iPhone alongside the Pro and Pro Max models in 2024 at the earliest, according to Bloomberg's Mark Gurman. Based on this timeframe, the device would be part of the iPhone 16 lineup or later. In a September 2022 edition of his weekly "Power On" newsletter, Gurman said there was "potential" for an iPhone 15 Ultra to replace the iPhone 15 Pro...
ipad air purple

Deals: M1 iPad Air Hits Record-Low Prices at TigerDirect, Starting at $313.99 (48% Off) [Updated]

Saturday February 4, 2023 10:05 am PST by
Online retailer TigerDirect has slashed pricing on the M1 iPad Air in several colors, offering the base 64GB configuration for just $313.99 in Purple and Pink. Note: MacRumors is an affiliate partner with TigerDirect. When you click a link and make a purchase, we may receive a small payment, which helps us keep the site running. That's a savings of 48% compared to Apple's normal $599.00...
mac studio pink

Apple May Not Launch Updated Mac Studio With M2 Ultra Chip Due to Similarity With Upcoming Mac Pro

Sunday February 5, 2023 6:06 am PST by
A new version of the Mac Studio with the "M2 Ultra" chip is unlikely to arrive in the near future, according to Bloomberg's Mark Gurman. In the latest edition of his "Power On" newsletter, Gurman explained that since the upcoming Apple silicon Mac Pro is "very similar in functionality to the Mac Studio," Apple may wait until the release of M3- or M4-series chips to update the machine, or...
webkit vs chromium feature

Google Working on Browser for iOS That Would Break Apple's App Store Rules

Saturday February 4, 2023 1:30 am PST by
Google's Chromium developers are working on an experimental web browser for iOS that would break Apple's browser engine restrictions, The Register reports. The experimental browser, which is being actively pursued by developers, uses Google's Blink engine. Yet if Google attempted to release it on the App Store, it would not pass Apple's App Review process. Apple's App Store rules dictate...
Apple Silicon Teal Feature

The Next Big Apple Silicon Device May Not Be a Mac or iPad

Wednesday February 1, 2023 3:57 am PST by
Apple's next device with an Apple silicon chip may not be a Mac or an iPad, but rather an advanced external display, according to recent reports. The display, which is rumored to arrive this year, is expected to sit somewhere between the $1,599 Studio Display and the $4,999 Pro Display XDR – but more exact information about the device's positioning and price point is as yet unknown. While ...
top stories 4feb2023

Top Stories: New HomePod Launches, iOS 16.3.1 Coming Soon, and More

Saturday February 4, 2023 6:00 am PST by
This week saw the launch of the final product from Apple's January hardware announcements, with the second-generation HomePod making its way into customers' hands. Other news and rumors this week included signs of an interim iOS 16.3.1 bug fix update in the works as we await a fresh round of beta testing for a more significant iOS 16.4 update, a report on the potential dangers of using...
maxresdefault

Hands-On With Apple's Second-Generation HomePod

Friday February 3, 2023 1:28 pm PST by
Today is the official launch day for the second-generation HomePod that was introduced in January, and we picked one up to compare it to the original HomePod that Apple discontinued in 2021. Subscribe to the MacRumors YouTube channel for more videos. Design wise, the second-generation HomePod looks a lot like the first-generation model, featuring the same rounded design and acoustic mesh...