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Jay-Z's Album '4:44' Ends Tidal Exclusivity and Debuts on Apple Music and iTunes

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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.


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.

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jadot

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The inevitability of this story is exhausting. Apple have resources. Tidal don't. That's all, right? Even the publicity from holding back the release isn't particularly inspiring. Any time a musician wants to restrict his or her audience seems a bit precious to me. Make music - get it to as many people as you can, quickly.
 
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adamjackson

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Darn, I already bought the Alcatel GO Flip on Sprint so I could listen to Jay!!!


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Album is like 30 mins long. And it is very meh. Don't see what the big deal is.

Only played through it a few times now. Most of Jay's albums grow on me but this one...IDK it's probably my least favorite out of all of them.
 
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Porco

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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?
 
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matrix07

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I'm sure his fans that are Apple Music subscribers will be happy. For the rest move along and enjoy your own music tastes.

I'm not his fan. Still enjoys listening to it a few times. Why not? It comes for free since I paid for subscription.

Not my cup of tea but still interesting album. Now back to music I actually like.


(I guess what I'm saying is music world is wide and it's a good thing our curiosity can be served :))
 
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78Bandit

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Come on guys, it is just a new album by an established artist. All the controversy is contrived to generate exactly the type of click-bait headlines you are falling for. I don't remember this kind of hype since Apple got the Beetles on iTunes years ago which was a major milestone given their active abhorrence for digital distribution and animosity toward Apple over the use of the Apple Corps' trademark as related to music.

I've got nothing for or against JAY-Z, but I do wish Apple would spend half as much effort trying to promote new genres of music as they do promoting the same old rap that has been stagnant for over a decade.

edit: You've got his name wrong. Just a couple of weeks ago, coinciding with the release of this album, he notified the press he was changing his name from Jay Z to JAY-Z. He hasn't been known as Jay-Z for years. Get the capitalization and punctuation right, it is obviously important.
 
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MarcoPohlo

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Why is this here? Why should we care? There are tons of other artists everyday on Apple Music. Who the f..k cares about Jay-Z? I want to read Apple releated Stories, am I on Jay-z rumors or what? Couldn't care less, seriously guys.. Also why the f..k I know he was "platinum" in 5 days? I don't care. Did he pay you for this s..t?

The inevitability of this story is exhausting. Apple have resources. Tidal don't. That's all, right? Even the publicity from holding back the release isn't particularly inspiring. Any time a musician wants to restrict his or her audience seems a bit precious to me. Make music - get it to as many people as you can, quickly.

Who knows, maybe he thinks by going exclusive on his own platform, people would start registering there. Also because nobody really knows that literally noone is using Tidal and if he wants to make money (and his sole reason for making "music" is to make money) he has to put it on other platforms as well.

Really interesting article about this album and how it went "platinum" in under 5 days here:

http://www.bbc.com/news/entertainment-arts-40517529

You made my day sir, that is really impressive. Jay-Z really outperformed himself this time.
 
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Braderunner

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I'm not his fan. Still enjoys listening to it a few times. Why not? It comes for free since I paid for subscription.

Not my cup of tea but still interesting album. Now back to music I actually like.


(I guess what I'm saying is music world is wide and it's a good thing our curiosity can be served :))
"It comes for free since I paid...". I love it! But seriously, Tidal is a sinking ship.
 
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Asarien

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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.
 
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CarlJ

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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.
You, sir, may have a cookie.
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I don't remember this kind of hype since Apple got the Beetles on iTunes years ago which was a major milestone given their active abhorrence for digital distribution and animosity toward Apple over the use of the Apple Corps' trademark as related to music.
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edit: You've got his name wrong. Just a couple of weeks ago, coinciding with the release of this album, he notified the press he was changing his name from Jay Z to JAY-Z. He hasn't been known as Jay-Z for years. Get the capitalization and punctuation right, it is obviously important.
And you, in turn, have misspelled the name of what is arguably one of the most influential music groups of all time, The Beatles. ;)
 
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Glassed Silver

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[...]

I've got nothing for or against JAY-Z, but I do wish Apple would spend half as much effort trying to promote new genres of music as they do promoting the same old rap that has been stagnant for over a decade.

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Sweet Jesus, THIS.

I'd love for emerging genres that are rather distinct to not be shoehorned into their broader origins too for example.

@MacRumors: I really like that you included iTunes and Apple Music in your article, often I see only Apple Music getting a mention when in fact a given piece is available on both platforms.

It matters to a lot of us who prefer staying far away from Apple Music and paying outright for their music, please keep mentioning both where applicable.

Thanks so much!

Glassed Silver:ios
 
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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.

I prefer the albums from the F and 2F inline sixes and some of the early works from the B and H diesels.

The diesels really thumped.
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I'm sure it's a lot louder than 4:33, but I'll never know...

Love the reference. You and I should be friends :)
 
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