It seems Elon Musk the founder of Tesla isn’t the only one who will be facing legal trouble as Kanye West joins the league with him. American Rapper, singer and producer Kanye West, 41 and Tidal Music Streaming giant will face a lawsuit for tricking the fans into subscribing to Tidal streaming service by vaguely claiming that Tidal is the only place where people and music enthusiasts can hear West’s The Life of Pablo (2016) album.
Kanye told his followers back in 2016 that – “My album [The Life of Pablo] will never never never be on Apple. And it will never be for sale… You can only get it on Tidal.” It was reported that after six months Tidal’s number of subscriptions tripled 1 million to 3 million, the album the life of Pablo was then available for absolute free streaming on Spotify and Apple Music.
Soon after the album, The Life of Pablo made its way to other streaming services; Baker-Rhett filed a lawsuit against Aspiro, the parent company of Ye and Tidal for fraudulent inducement.
The legal team of Kanye pulled up a good defence by claiming that the album has undergone many updates and remixes since its release making the initial version of The Life of Pablo a Tidal exclusive. The court, on the other hand, didn’t buy the defence made by Kanye’ lawyers and Rhett-Baker’s lawsuit was given the green signal.
The lawsuit that was filed back in 2016 on Justin Baker-Rhett’s behalf claimed that a fan of Kanye West’s music subscribed Tidal as he was made to believe that The Life of Pablo will only be available on Tidal and nowhere else. The judge passed the verdict that “Mr West’s argument is tenuous, and certainly does not pass muster in the context of a motion to dismiss.”