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