Jay Z is back on Spotify, twenty months after his work was suddenly removed from the platform “at the request of the artist.”
In April 2017, Jay Z’s solo work disappeared from both Apple Music and Spotify. While his music was soon restored to Apple Music, the artist stayed clear of Spotify. At the time, the streaming platform explained that the removal had been carried out “at the request of the artist.”
Shawn Corey Carter, a.k.a. Jay Z, owns Tidal, a rival music streaming service, he launched in 2014. Many think Jay Z had removed his work from other platforms to “force” fans onto his own.
But none of this matters anymore: Today is Jay Z’s birthday, and to celebrate the artist has chosen to bring his work back to Spotify.
“Happy birthday, Hov Welcome back to Spotify.”
— Spotify (@Spotify) December 4, 2019
The news is good for all parties involved, from fans who regain access to Jay Z’s work, to Spotify who must feel like they won a battle, and, of course, to Jay Z himself, who is likely to cash in.
And if you can’t wait, here is a list of Jay Z’s top tracks, playing on Spotify, of course.
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