Jay-Z Turns 50, His Music Is Back On Spotify

The Tidal has turned for Jay-Z and Spotify.

Jay-Z turned 50 years old.

Despite owning Tidal, the artist born Shawn Corey Carter has re-released his entire music catalog.

“Happy birthday, Hov, Welcome back to Spotify,” the company hyped Wednesday morning on Twitter.

Immediate fan reactions ranged from bemused disbelief to “it’s about damn time.”

Jay-Z’s solo work was yanked from both Apple and Spotify in April 2017.

Although, 21-time Grammy winner’s catalog was promptly restored to Apple Music — it remained banned on Spotify “at the request of the artist.”


Jay-Z acquired Tidal for $56 million in 2014 from Norwegian media firm Schibsted ASA. They next year, he introduced fellow artists such as Rihanna and Alicia Keys as co-owners.

A year after acquiring Tidal, Jay-Z shot off a letter to its previous owners, accusing them of overstating subscriber numbers at the time of the deal. By 2017, Sprint bought a 33 percent stake in Tidal, following reports that the company was in sales talks with Apple.

In January, the company came under fire for allegedly inflating its streaming numbers.


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