Kanye West: “This Tidal Apple Beef Is Fucking Up The Music Game”
In a series of tweets, Kanye West pushes for Apple to buy TIDAL.
One month ago, the Wall Street Journal reported that Apple was in talks to buy Tidal, the beleaguered music streaming service that has debuted some of this year's biggest albums, including Beyoncé's Lemonade, ANTI by Rihanna, and, of course, Kanye West's The Life of Pablo. None of the aforementioned albums were immediately available on Apple or Spotify for at least a week, ultimately delaying access to millions of music fans.
Now, the oft-outspoken Kanye has taken to Twitter to criticize both Apple and Tidal for their ongoing battle to dominate music streaming.
West went on to suggest that Jay Z, who's part owner of Tidal, should meet with himself, Apple CEO Tim Cook, Beats cofounder Jimmy Iovine, rapper Drake, Apple Music's head of content Larry Jackson, and Justin Bieber's manager, Scooter Braun this week to sort the whole mess out. According to West, they should all be working together to "let the kids have the music."
By far, though, the most interesting part is West's plea to Apple to "give Jay [Z] his check for Tidal," which may have something to do with flagging sales negotiations.
Update: Scooter Braun and Larry Jackson have responded to Kanye's meeting tweet.
We've reached out to reps for Kanye West, Apple, and Tidal for comment and will update when we hear back.