Lawyers for Birdman have filed a lawsuit against Jay-Z and his Tidal streaming service claiming that the company is resorting to
“a desperate and illegal attempt to save their struggling streaming service.” Cash Money claims that Tidal illegally sold Lil Wayne’s last album “FWA” because they were never given rights the exclusive deal that Wayne signed years ago.
ACCORDINGto the lawsuit, Tidal has claimed Cash Money does not have a exclusive lock on Wayne … Tidal claims Wayne specifically gave it the right to stream his music, in return for part ownership in the company.
Cash Money begs to differ, and the COMPANY QUOTES portions of its contract with Lil Wayne in the lawsuit. The contract specifically says Wayne does not have the power to license his music to anyone else.
And get this … Cash Money trashes Wayne’s ‘FWA’ album, saying it got “tepid reviews” and could hurt Cash Money’s attempts to exploit Wayne’s music.
The TIDAL jibes are uber messy. But, that aside, it’ll be intriguing to see how this plays out. Because, we’d be fibbing if we said we weren’t surprised (and confused) by the streaming roll-out given the well-publisized tussles between Weezy and Birdman – which are very much ongoing.