Uh OH! See Why Prince’s Record Label Just Hit Jay Z With MASSIVE LAWSUIT!

Posted On : November 16, 2016

ILOSM fam, it looks like Jay-Z may finally have 100 problems because Prince just became one of them. According to TMZ, Prince’s record label, NPG Records, has filed a lawsuit against Jay-Z’s music streaming service, Tidal. The Roc Nation rapper is accused of illegally streaming Prince’s catalog.

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Miscommunication and Wires Crossed:

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For those who don’t know, Prince actually did sign a deal with Jay-Z but there are a few details about the agreement that have caused confusion. Apparently, the agreement Prince signed gave Tidal permission to stream his last album, Hit N Run: Phase 1. 

tidal-logoHowever, Prince’s label claims Tidal overstepped its boundaries when it streamed nearly all of Prince’s back-catalog. The legendary singer’s most memorable hits including “1999,” “Little Red Corvette,” “Purple Rain,” “Pop Life,” and “When Doves Cry,” were all made available to fans on July 7, which would have been his 58th birthday. It has been reported that Tidal had a 3-page list of Prince’s songs available on the streaming service.

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Infringement?:

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Prince’s label is citing copyright infringement and Tidal has been blocked from continuing to stream Prince’s music. However, Jay-Z and Tidal will probably argue otherwise by insisting the contract Prince signed gave them the right to stream his back-catalog. But, at this point, it is unclear which way the lawsuit will go. If Tidal did stream the back-catalog without authorization, the damages will be astronomical! We’ll keep you updated as more details about the lawsuit become available.

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