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Kanye West & Fan Reach Settlement Over 'The Life of Pablo' Tidal Exclusivity Claims

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Kanye West attends "The Cher Show" Broadway musical opening night at the Neil Simon Theatre in New York City on Dec. 3, 2018.

Kanye West, Tidal and fan Justin Baker-Rhett have settled their lawsuit, according to a court filing on Wednesday (Jan. 30).

Without revealing details of the agreement, the document submitted by Baker-Rhett's legal team dismissed all claims -- including a potential class action suit -- against West and the music streaming service. Each party is responsible for its own legal fees.

Baker-Rhett initially filed the lawsuit claiming he was fraudulently induced into paying $9.99 for a month's subscription to hear West's Life of Pablo album on Tidal when the album was quickly made available on other streaming services following its initial release.

West had previously announced the album would only ever be available on Tidal. He later defended this statement by stating the album that made its way to Spotify, Apple Music and other streaming services was a different album, because of changes he had made to the material. With Tidal, he also argued news articles gave conflicting messages about the availability of Life of Pablo, with some reporting the streaming service's exclusivity was only for seven days.


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