Spotify Slams Tidal, Beyoncé

Spotify Slams Tidal, Beyoncé
Beyoncé's new album Lemonade is exclusively available on Tidal, irking other streaming companies.

(CCM) — Lemonade will be exclusively available on Tidal for the foreseeable future, according to reports. The album was released on Saturday, and an industry insider said that it will be available to stream exclusively on Tidal "in perpetuity," which the streaming service confirmed. Spotify's Global Head of Communications and Public Policy spoke out against this exclusivity, saying it is bad for everyone. "We believe long-term exclusives are bad for artists and they're bad for fans," said Jonathan Prince in a statement to Mashable. "Artists want as many fans as possible to hear their music, and fans want to hear the music they're excited about - exclusives get in the way of both. Of course, we understand that short promotional exclusives are common, we don't have a total policy against them, and we certainly respect the choice of artists to decide what's right for them." Despite the confirmation from Tidal that Lemonade would remain an exclusive album, Prince added, "Bottom line, we're looking forward to sharing Beyoncé's awesome new music with her millions of Spotify fans as soon as we can."

This is the second album from a major artist to have an exclusive Tidal launch. Earlier this year, Kanye West's seventh album, The Life of Pablo, was exclusively available on the streaming service for six weeks, before rolling out to Spotify and Apple Music. While The Life of Pablo eventually phased out of exclusivity, there is no timetable for Lemonade's expansion to other, competing streaming services. It is also unclear when Beyoncé's new album will be available for purchase.

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