Overnight, Jay-Z’s new album “4.44” became available on Apple Music, Amazon and most other streaming platforms, after a week as a TIDAL and Sprint exclusive. There was one notable exception, market leader Spotify.
On Thursday evening, the TIDAL/Sprint exclusive of Jay-Z’s “4.44” lifted and the entire album became available to stream on Apple Music, Amazon Music Unlimited and other streaming services, with one glaring exception – Spotify.
As of 8AM ET 9:20 ET on Friday morning, Spotify was still not streaming “4.44” and none of the related parties were offering an explanation. Industry sources also were unable to share any insight as the why Jay-Z’s new album was not available on the world’s top streamer.
Stay tuned for developments.