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Jay Z Removes All Albums from Apple Music, Spotify and More

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In a surprise move, rap artist and hip hop mogul Shawn Carter, known to the world as Jay Z (HOVA), has removed all of his albums from Apple Music, along with Spotify, Google Play Music, and Amazon in the U.S. Pandora is still streaming Jay Z’s albums on their internet radio service (via MacRumors).

If users search Apple Music for Jay Z, his albums no longer appear, but only his collabs with other artists. Check out the search results below—you can see none of his albums show up:

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Jay Z is the owner of rival streaming music service Tidal and the move appears to make the artist’s albums exclusive to his own streaming service.

When Pitchfork first noticed the disappearance of some albums last year, and contacted Apple, the company directed their inquiries to Roc Nation, Jay Z’s label.

Jay Z relaunched Tidal just over two years ago, highlighting their artist-first approach was “what sets us aside from a tech company selling advertising, or one selling hardware,” in what can be interpreted as veiled jabs at Spotify and Apple. At the beginning of the year, Sprint acquired a 33% stake in Tidal.

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  • Flash

    Hahahah – this isn’t going to help tidal, quit trying to make tidal work. This will just increase the number of torrenters for your albums which makes you get $0

  • iverge

    He’s just pissed that Apple didn’t buy Tidal from him. He was hoping for a big pay day but it’s not happening.

  • IAmTaka

    This is like a toddler holding his breath to get what he wants.

  • Gyarados

    Dumb move.

  • Kirk

    Wow. Really JayZ? I love your music man, but… you ain’t that special.

  • OliChabot

    It’s not like people are going to cancel their subscriptions to Apple Music of Spotify just because Jay Z is not on it anymore… the best thing that could happen to Tidal would be to be bought by Spotify or Apple in order to get exclusives from their partners (Rihanna, Nicki Minaj, Coldplay, Beyonce all have small stakes in Tidal)

  • makeittalk

    Damn, can’t think of the bad part of this.

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  • Buddha

    You’re right … his music is back on Apple Music now…. that was a suspenseful weekend (For nobody).

    Don’t get me wrong, he’s a good artist, but until he gets back to what I lovingly call “Drake” level these days, it literally had no impact. Maybe it’s a wake up call to up his game or just stop entirely. IMO anyway.

  • karinatwork

    Don’t let the door hit you on the way out.

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