Jay-Z quietly removes catalog from Apple Music and Spotify as Tidal continues fight for exclusives

Both Spotify and Apple Music users today have noticed that albums from hip-hop artist Jay-Z, who happens to be owner of competing music streaming service Tidal, have been removed from the services. It appears that most of the artist’s original albums have been removed while some content where he is a featured artist or collaborator, […]

Spotify Punishing Artists Who Offer Apple Music Exclusives [Updated]

Spotify and Apple Music are becoming increasingly bitter rivals, and according to new reports from The New York Times and Bloomberg, the feuding is now affecting artists. Spotify has been punishing artists who agree to Apple Music exclusives, displaying their content less prominently and offering fewer promotional opportunities. Spotify has explicitly told artists who offer […]

Apple Music’s Reliance on Exclusives Coming Under Fire From Labels and Critics

In the wake of the much-anticipated launch of Frank Ocean’s new album “Blonde,” Universal Music Group CEO Lucian Grainge has sent out an email to UMG executives, saying that the company is prohibiting the practice of exclusive music streaming moving forward (via The Lefsetz Letter). The email officially ends “all future exclusives with Universal artists,” […]