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Beyonce and Jay-Z’s new album was a Tidal exclusive for two whole days — now it’s on services people actually use

Over the weekend, Jay-Z and Beyonce surprised music fans everywhere when they released a brand new joint-album titled Everything Is Love. Interestingly, the album launched exclusively on Tidal, a curious strategic decision though not at all surprising given that Tidal is owned by Jay-Z.

Not two days later, Everything Is Love is already available on a slew of rival streaming services, including Spotify, Apple Music, Amazon Music, and others. With respect to Spotify, the album is currently available exclusively to the site’s premium subscribers, though it will eventually be available on the service’s free tier by the end of the month.

The brief tenure of Everything Is Love as a Tidal exclusive is interesting, if not downright laughable. Was there really anything to be gained via this strategy? Did Jay-Z really think the allure of a new joint album was so great that a 2-day exclusivity period would do anything to boost Tidal’s subscriber numbers?

If anything, the breathtakingly short exclusivity period only serves to diminish the appeal of forthcoming exclusives. Consider this: Jay-Z and Kanye West release a joint album on Tidal later this year. Are people going to flock to Tidal or simply wait it out, knowing that its only a matter of time — if not days — before it launches on sites like Spotify.

On another front, it’s interesting that the album went to Spotify so quickly given that Beyonce throws a few jabs at the music streaming service on one of the Everything Is Love tracks. Specifically, she claims that she doesn’t care about streaming numbers because her success can’t be quantified.

“If I gave two f*** about streaming numbers woulda put Lemonade on Spotify,” Beyonce raps.

All that aside, the album itself is pretty solid and can be enjoyed now on any streaming service you happen to prefer.

Kanye West’s new album ‘Ye’ is finally out on Spotify and Apple Music

Kanye West is many things to different people. To some, he’s nothing short of a musical genius with an unrivaled catalog of influential albums. To others, he’s a rapper well beyond his prime who now spends too much time sending out bizarre tweets. Regardless of where you fall on the Kanye spectrum, one thing that no one can deny is that Kanye is relevant. If you’re inclined to disagree, look no further than the recently released and widely praised Pusha T album Daytona which was produced by — you guessed it — Kanye West.

Kanye’s tweets over the past few weeks may have made headlines, but the man has been putting in work in the studio when not busy stirring the pot online. Just a few hours ago, Kanye released a brand new album titled Ye and the album, as you might expect, is already causing a bit of controversy. The album art itself is pure Kanye as it features a landscape with the following tagline: “I hate being Bi-Polar its awesome.”

Who knew Ye had a sense of humor?!

The album itself features a number of A-list artists such as Kid Cudi and Nicki Minaj. Not surprisingly, West’s lyrics cover a wide range of topics, with the rapper not afraid to touch on Donald Trump’s affair with Stormy Daniels and the more recent incident involving Tristan Thompson cheating on a pregnant Khloe Kardashian.

Though Kanye’s last album debuted exclusively on Tidal, things are much different this time around. If you want to check out Kanye’s latest work, you can stream it right now either on Apple Music or via Spotify.