This month brought with it the TIDAL streaming exclusive that was the ‘Feeling Myself’ video, released by Nicki Minaj and Beyonce.
This week the latter was said to be facing heat because her label, Sony Music Entertainment, planned to remove each and every one of her solo albums from the platform.Array
Problematic,as the company is owned by her husband Jay Z.
Fortunately, contrary to what was being reported, this is not the case.
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Media outlets attached to the assertion — originating from a feature published by Bloomberg Businessweek on Thursday (May 28) — that Tidal had failed to re-up its streaming license with Sony Music, the umbrella major that houses Beyonce’s catalog. If the service doesn’t secure that license, then Beyonce and thousands of other artists will have to come down.
“Jay Z is a friend and business associate for many years,” Sony Music Entertainment CEO Doug Morris said in a statement to Billboard. “I have always admired his business acumen, his entrepreneurship and his passion for music. All of our content, including Beyonce, is available through the Tidal service, and we have announced no plans to remove our catalog from Tidal. Like all of our other partners, we are rooting for Jay and Tidal to succeed.”
A source familiar with the situation tells Billboard that Sony Music’s negotiations with Tidal are still underway, but the statement from Morris seems to indicate that there’s little chance of those talks ending with Beyonce being removed from the service. As well, users are still able to access Sony’s catalog on the service.
Warner Music Group and Universal Music Group both confirmed that they had re-licensed their catalogs to Tidal.
Tidal did not respond to a request for comment.