Jay Z, hip-hop megastar, music business mogul, entrepreneur and, significantly, the co-owner of streaming music site Tidal, has seemingly deployed a "nuclear option" of sorts. This apparently was done yesterday (April 7) as he pulled his catalog from competitor Spotify
A search today on Spotify showed only two collaborative albums with R Kelly listed: Unfinished Business (2004) and Best of Both Worlds (2002). There are now also only five singles, all collaborations: "N----s in Paris" (Kanye featuring Jay), "Numb/Encore" (Linkin Park with Hova), "All the Way Up" (Fat Joe and Remy Ma ft. French Montana, Infared and Jay Z), "Clique" (Big Sean with Jay Z and Kanye) and "Dirt Off Your Shoulders" (with Notorious B.I.G.).
Billboard reached out to Spotify and Jay Z and only heard back at press time from Spotify, which confirmed that "some of his catalog has been removed at the request of the artist."