Jump to Main ContentJump to Primary Navigation
Top

Jay Z and royalty-friendly Tidal are being sued for not actually paying out royalties

Jay.jpg

You know Tidal. Yeah, that music streaming site that takes all your favourite hip-hop tracks, locks them away behind exclusivity forever and woe is you for daring to expect new tracks on a regular service like Spotify or Apple Music.

The music service that Jay-Z owns, which promised to pay as much as 75 percent in royalties to artists, writers and producers, has been slapped with a lawsuit from a band for not actually paying the royalties they owe at all.

The act in question, ironically named The American Dollar, claim that 116 of the band’s songs were streamed without paying back royalties that they were owed. They also claim that Tidal is warping the numbers of streams so that they can undercut the royalties that they do owe by as much as 35 percent. Ouch.

The lawsuit also says that Tidal doesn’t give out the streaming stats of its tracks to the public or even to the artists themselves, despite the fact that monthly reports were promised for artists, thus far nothing has ever been sent, according to the American band.

The legal action comes at a time where Jay-Z is apparently in serious discussion with Samsung who have expressed an interest in buying the streaming site from him, so not exactly ideal when he's already got 99 other problems...

Related

TheWhiteStripes_card.jpg

These rock star Top Trump cards are brilliant

jakebugg1.png

The ShortListen: Jake Bugg (no. 263)

john-travolta.jpg

John Travolta doesn't look like John Travolta and it’s freaking us out

Comments

More

Watch Liam Gallagher perform 'Don't Look Back in Anger' for first time

Wonder what Noel thought of it...

by Tom Victor
26 Jun 2017

Tim Westwood accidentally sends credit card details to the internet

To be fair, he is nearly 60...

by Dave Fawbert
26 Jun 2017

Eminem has grown a beard and it's really unsettling

Will the real slim shavey please stand up?

by Carl Anka
26 Jun 2017

Foo Fighters' Dave Grohl dedicates 'My Hero' to naked man

And the BBC accidentally showed him on TV

by Alex Finnis
26 Jun 2017

DJ Legend Goldie just accidentally revealed Banksy's identity

That's one big slip up...

by Carl Anka
23 Jun 2017

"Ohhh Jeremy Corbyn!" chant breaks out at Glastonbury silent disco

He's the hottest act of the summer

by Tom Victor
23 Jun 2017

Johnny Depp goes on rant about assassinating Donald Trump at Glasto

Someone's getting in trouble

by Gary Ogden
23 Jun 2017

Ed Sheeran's Glastonbury ride is not at all rock 'n' roll

It's classic Ed, really

by Carl Anka
22 Jun 2017

Stormzy praised for his powerful verse on the Grenfell charity song

It's the highlight of the song

by Carl Anka
21 Jun 2017

Jeremy Corbyn has been confirmed for the Pyramid Stage at Glastonbury

No, really

by Tom Victor
16 Jun 2017