Kanye West has decided to leave Jay-Z’s premium streaming service Tidal over a financial dispute, TMZ reports. West’s lawyer reportedly notified Tidal in writing a month ago that they believed Tidal was in breach of their contract with the mercurial rapper, and therefore considered his contract terminated. After two weeks of negotiations failed, West’s team reiterated its position that he was no longer under contract with Tidal, Tidal reiterated their position that he was, and now their partnership has reportedly gone sailing off a waterfall without so much as a barrel. Money squabbles quickly become Byzantine once lawyers are involved, but here are the items in dispute so far, totaling more than $3 million:
- According to West, Tidal was supposed to reimburse him for the cost of making music videos for his album The Life of Pablo, but did not.
- According to Tidal, West was supposed to deliver more music videos to promote the album, but did not.
- According to West, Tidal was supposed to pay him a bonus for the 1.5 million new Tidal subscribers who joined the service while The Life of Pablo was a Tidal exclusive, but did not.