In a move that has reminded me that Tidal is still very much a thing, Jay Z has pulled his entire catalog from Spotify. Billboard reports that Jay Z picked up all his songs, The Bodyguard-style, and whispered “Come on, let’s go home” sometime on April 7th.
Billboard says that if you now search for Jay Z on Spotify, it will gurgle up two lonely album results, both collaborations with R Kelly, and five collaboration singles. Billboard reached out to Jay Z and Spotify and only Spotify got back to them. Spotify confirmed that Jay Z put in a request to pull most of his songs.
The Verge says that Jay Z also yanked his catalog off Apple Music. However that choice wasn’t meant to last; a few days later, it came back. Apple had no comment regarding Jay Z’s take-backs. I’d say Jay Z changed his mind after receiving a bitchy text from Kanye West, but let’s face it – Jay Z probably blocked his number months ago. Beyonce still has music on Spotify and Apple Music.
Jay Z launched Tidal in 2015, so this catalog situation seems like something that should have been done back then. I don’t know why Jay Z waited so long to make his music so limited. Maybe he’s trying to legitimately boost Tidal’s subscriber numbers? It doesn’t make sense. If he wanted to get some new Tidal subscribers, he should have picked a more exclusive and rare catalogue to add. I’ve already heard The Blueprint III. What I really want is the entire debut album from Sylk.