Jay Z & TIDAL Issue Statement Regarding $5M ‘Unpaid Royalties’ Lawsuit

Published: Monday 29th Feb 2016 by Rashad
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“Tidal for all” is looking more like “Tidal for some” if you ask Yesh Music, LLC and John Emanuele​ from the band, the American Dollar.

For, despite launching the streaming service as an answer to artists’ cry for underpayment by streaming’s major players, Jay’s effort is being met with a $5 million class action suit from plaintiffs (listed above) who allege Tidal streamed over 100 of their copyrighted songs without paying back any royalty payments in the process.

Also listing Tidal’s parent company, Aspiro, among those with whom the grievance is filed, the news quickly made its way to the corporation’s headquarters.  Wasting no time, tuck in below to read their response:


Statement from TIDAL

TIDAL is up to date on all royalties for the rights to the music stated in Yesh Music, LLC and John Emanuele’s claim and they are misinformed as to who, if anyone, owes royalty payments to them. As Yesh Music, LLC admits in their claim, TIDAL has the rights to the Master Recordings through its distributor Tunecore and have paid Tunecore in full for such exploitations. Their dispute appears to be over the mechanical licenses, which we are also up to date on payments via Harry Fox Agency our administrator of mechanical royalties.

The entire catalogue in question streamed fewer than 13,000 times on TIDAL and its predecessor over the past year. We have now removed all music associated with Yesh Music, LLC and John Emanuele from the service. This is the first we have heard of this dispute and Yesh Music, LLC should be engaging Harry Fox Agency if they believe they are owed the royalties claimed. They especially should not be naming S Carter Enterprises, LLC, which has nothing to do with Tidal. This claim serves as nothing other than a perfect example of why America needs Tort reform. (thanks to Complex)

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  1. ??Queen Molly?? February 29, 2016

    Tidal is such an epic fail… All those huge names attached and its still flopping. ??? Jay sell that shiiitt already.

    • Metzo February 29, 2016

      Oh Molly the maid

      • LOL March 1, 2016

        Tidal is a sinking ship. Better invest your money at Taco Bell. At least many people want it.

    • Tyler Makiavelli February 29, 2016

      Screw you Molly!

      • Queen Janet March 1, 2016

        Beyonce will NEVER surpass Janet, Mariah, Madonna, Celine, Whitney or top them in a million years or more and y’all tell me why cause we know the hard truth…


      • Shady Music Fact March 1, 2016

        is Beyonce overrated? well according to many in the industry, the R&B superstar is nothing more than a lackluster bore. and this has been a subject that many music enthusiasts have pondered, seeing as Beyonce has managed to have an amazing career (thanks to her baboon-like hubby and poweful P R and marketing) that has remained a yawn-fest for over a decade, a typical modus operandi in today’s music business. although Beyonce originally found success as 1/4 a member and the lead singer of Destiny’s Child, beyonce’s success as a solo artist is STILL disputable. less a dozen of #1 hit songs…failed to break superbowl audience rating and it is all just hype no substance! grammys, yeah right…justin bieber could get a grammy if he married with a rich baboon. she was recently named as the 3rd most overrated music artist of all time. overrated not because she lacks lacks any originality, not creative and lazy!

    • Blue Gorilla Carter March 1, 2016

      Tidal is a FLOP because Mamayonce is overexposing herself. Just like Gaga…fake, contrived and anything for a publicity. Grown up women dont go up on a stage looking like a female dog in heat.


      • Queen Janet March 1, 2016

        Beyonce needs to self deport to f****** hell….f*cking no talent big douchebag H 0...that’s why.

    • Shady Music Fact March 1, 2016

      Nobody has ever been promoted more than Beyonce and that is the only reason she sells so many copies by released a “surprised sh!tty album” but bought her copies back.
      If McDonalds made a tv ad showing people enjoy a s*** sandwich the mindless sheeps like Bey stans would run out and buy it, too.

      Beyonce can’t hold a candle to past greats like Aretha Franklin, Whitney Houston, Patti laBelle or even En Vogue.

      Her songs suck but then again most songs these days do as well...and yet he husband is promoting it. Sad era we live in… 🙁

  2. Weezy Tha Goat February 29, 2016

    Tidal is such a flop of Beyoncé was smart she would release her album on all platforms including Apple. Jay Z bit off more then he could chew it’s over papa Hov????

    • Tyler Makiavelli February 29, 2016

      Beyonce better not f****** release her next album on Tidal. I swear to Gawd!!! Lol.
      She’s not even signed to RocNation. Why would she do that to herself!????

      • Anne February 29, 2016

        The better question is why would Universal /Sony allow that?

      • Tyler Makiavelli February 29, 2016

        Good question!

    • Shady Music Fact March 1, 2016

      it is not a rocket science…BEYONCE is the main factor. never have i seen someone foisted on the public with promotion like her. you have to be completely devoid of musical taste to think her music is even remotely good. the superbowl halftime show was the worst ever. she’s one of the worst sh*ts ever happened to the music along with nicki minaj, miley cyrus, gaga and …rihanna!

  3. HailBeysus February 29, 2016

    Oop!! There it is people!!! The battle to bring Tidal down is in commence! Rih gave Tidal some members. Kanye gave Tidal some members and Bey brought heavy traffic in with Tidal with Formation. These old white men that run the music industry ain’t having it! Tidal may not be a Titan like Apple and Spotifiy but its sure as hell is putting up a fight to stay! Yas bitxh! Tidal stays getting my coin!

    • King Mark111 /.\ February 29, 2016

      I’m sorry, you lost me at “Bey brought heavy traffic in with Formation.” So much that it can’t even chart? Rihanna and West brought in the new users such as myself and it’s under a 60 day trial.

      • HailBeysus February 29, 2016

        Where did you get lost? I never said she brought im new subscribers. She brought in heavy traffic with the exclusive free download for Formation.

      • Tyler Makiavelli February 29, 2016

        Rhianna brought in the new subscribers YET Anti is stalled at 400K worldwide after damn near a MONTH.
        B**** ur fave is flopping! Have a seat in one of those empty ARENAS of hers.

  4. Rosie February 29, 2016

    Mess. Spotify>>

    • King Mark111 /.\ February 29, 2016

      Spotify pays the artist pennies and their sound quality is bad. Most of their traffic comes from freemium users.

  5. Arx February 29, 2016

    Jay-z is getting murdered in his sleep if his company f*cks with Beyonce’s release.

  6. HailBeysus February 29, 2016

    If the tea spilt earlier is true. B6 should release to all platforms and not be a Tidal exclusive. The Collab album with Jay and Bey can be a Tidal Exclusive. It won’t fuxk with my Queens #1 debuts! Either way im hear for both albums!

    • King Mark111 /.\ February 29, 2016

      It’s up to Sony, not Beyonce nor where she get her man milk cow.

      • HailBeysus February 29, 2016

        Whats your fuxking problem dude!?!? You stay tryna start stan wars. Bey is free to do what she pleases. You act as if you know the exclusives to her contract. Please stfu and dismiss yourself from my reply section!

      • King Mark111 /.\ February 29, 2016

        Someone can’t take facts.

      • HailBeysus February 29, 2016

        No bitxh that would be you. You stay talking out your ass like you Know The Queens business. Not our fault fRih was dumb and signed a contract that turned her into a s****. Not our fault fRihs crack head looking parents let their child be turned into a s**** the heaux was falling out on stage due to def jam over working her KIII WE SEE WHY YOU MAD ??????????

      • King Mark111 /.\ March 1, 2016

        Nope, you’re bothered. She’s on a label, end of story.

      • HailBeysus March 1, 2016

        Im bothered??? It’s clear as ever you’re delusional. Im not the one that dragged my ass into your reply section. You mad cause Bey was always a free bird while fRih was kept in chains and thotliyah was spreading them legs for hits kiii!!!

    • jaquala March 1, 2016

      She’s signed to Sony meaning they make the final decision. She has rights to her work however when it comes to pushing those albums Sony has her. Stop living in lala land my friend

      • HailBeysus March 1, 2016

        Marsh stfu and stop creating random accounts please ?

  7. Madam Southern Belle February 29, 2016

    Apple Music >

  8. shakira stan February 29, 2016

    Tidal is flopping like beyonce’s saggy boobs …since blue ain’t her real life daughter why is her tit so damn saggy?

    • Tyler Makiavelli February 29, 2016

      Ahahaha ur just mad because Shakira sounds like a bag of Llamas!
      Stay mad Lovebird.

  9. ASHY February 29, 2016


  10. Tyler Makiavelli February 29, 2016

    He needs to opt out of this b******* already!
    Plain and simple.

  11. HailBeysus February 29, 2016

    DEATH @Tyler coming in and cleaning house!!! Yas ya betta drag the trash to the dumpster ????

  12. Monica Stan February 29, 2016

    What’s tidal?

  13. FC/JC February 29, 2016


  14. StylezKing February 29, 2016

    People do not read I see or research before posting incorrect ignorant bullshyt. Tidal sells actually went triple in the last few weeks and lawsuit was discontinued being Tidal & S.Carter Enterprise LLC were not at fault. Tidal is here to stay join or kick rocks.

    • King Mark111 /.\ March 1, 2016

      Thanks to Rihanna and Kanye. Tidal is where it’s at.

      • Tyler Makiavelli March 1, 2016

        Where is that!?

  15. who your unpillow talk boy couldn’t have it another damn way February 29, 2016

    It a mess

  16. Blue Gorilla Carter March 1, 2016

    Bankruptcy is coming… and I wish I was born in Mariah’s house.

  17. WHITE PEOPLE March 1, 2016



  18. HailBeysus March 1, 2016

    SCREAMING!!! 3 random troll accounts all apear within a 10min time frame ???!! I wonder what Kummm Guzzling seething in super SAYIAN fRihanna stan this is KIII

  19. Shady Music Fact March 1, 2016

    blame beyonce.. is so overrated with no direction in music. wheh she speaks..so dump. and her husband…looking like a meth pusher than corporate figure. she can sing (well when she isn’t screaming but we’ll get to that another time) but she’s way overrated. some talents..like manipulating sales and bought grammys and just a waste of space like rihanna, nicki minaj and nicole shiterzinger. america is getting tired with self-made superstar that only talent on stage is…shaking @ss! get it, morons?

    • Tyler Makiavelli March 1, 2016

      Okay lovebird.
      Go purchase 460 more copies of Anti.

  20. What now March 1, 2016


  21. who your mindful work yesterday u couldn’t unpillow talk another damn day boy cuz its you you March 1, 2016

    He gonna fires someone from his team and many more artist will be coming to tidal

  22. Jasmine March 2, 2016

    I think Tidal is redundant of what already existed on the market. Apple, Spotify, Google music, youtube, etc already provide streaming services (free and paid). Tidal is nothing new and I don’t get the point of them not paying artists’ their royalties. So I guess if a artist puts their music on Tidal, discovers they are not getting paid accurately for royalties and sues Tidal, Tidal will remove their music instead of just paying up in the first place.

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