Jay-Z's 'Blueprint' Albums Return to Apple Music

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Jay-Z performs onstage at SOMETHING IN THE WATER - Day 2 on April 27, 2019 in Virginia Beach City. 

After initially pulling his Blueprint trilogy from streaming services in favor of his company Tidal in 2016, on Wednesday (May 22), Jay-Z has brought those albums back to Apple Music. 

In 2016, Jay-Z yanked the Blueprint series from Apple Music, Spotify and Google Play. His 1996 debut, Reasonable Doubt, vanished from streaming services back in 2015 and remains the only album from Jay-Z's discography unavailable on Apple Music.   

Currently, Jay's catalog is unavailable via Spotify. 

In a statement given to The Verge in 2017, a Spotify representative said the removal of some of Jay's catalog was "at the request of the artist." Among the music that was originally pulled from streaming services includes Jay-Z and Kanye's 2011 collaborative effort Watch the Throne. Days after the removal, most of Jay's albums were restored to streaming platforms except for Reasonable Doubt and the Blueprint trilogy. 

Billboard reached out to Jay-Z's reps at Roc Nation for comment. 


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