Is Spotify Also Eyeing Tidal? Kayne West Shares Insider Info, Calls On Apple To "Give Jay His Check"
Last month we heard rumors that Apple was exploring the purchase of Jay Z's Tidal streaming service. Since then, we've heard nothing, until this weekend when Tidal co-owner Kayne West took to Twitter with some apparent updates.
This Tidal Apple beef is fucking up the music game.— KANYE WEST (@kanyewest) July 30, 2016
I need Tim Cook Jay Z Dez Jimmy Larry me and Drake Scooter on the phone or in a room this week!!!— KANYE WEST (@kanyewest) July 30, 2016
Fuck all this dick swinging contest. We all gon be dead in 100 Years. Let the kids have the music.— KANYE WEST (@kanyewest) July 30, 2016
Apple give Jay his check for Tidal now and stop trying to act like you Steve.— KANYE WEST (@kanyewest) July 30, 2016
And in an unexplained reference to the CEO of Spotify, West added:
I forgot to add Daniel Ek— KANYE WEST (@kanyewest) July 31, 2016
It's doubtful that West's rant will influence the negotiations, except perhaps to reinforce the close relationship between Tidal and many major artists. But it is quite possible that, as a Tidal shareholder, West has inside knowledge, which could include a bid by Spotify, as well as Apple, the acquire Tidal and its 3 million subscribers.