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Kanye West splits from Jay-Z’s streaming service Tidal over financial dispute

Kanye west has departed Jay-Z’s streaming service Tidal amid a financial feud, according to TMZ.

It has been claimed that West believes the company, launched in 2015, owes him money – $3 million (£2.3 million) – and that the company is now in breach of contract.

Kanye’s lawyers reportedly sent a letter to the company over a month ago telling them that West never received a promised bonus for bringing in 1.5 million new subscribers with his album Saint Pablo and that he has also not been reimbursed for music videos. TMZ also reported Tidal sent a letter to West threatening a lawsuit if he attempts to join another streaming music service.

Kanye West’s decision to split from Tidal predates the release of Jay-Z’s album, 4:44, in which Jay-Z referenced West’s 2016 on-stage rant and their strained relationship, rapping about how he had lost his principles and was ‘insane’ on the opening track ‘Killy Jay-Z’.

‘You dropped outta school, you lost your principles / But you ain’t the same, this ain’t KumbaYe / But you got hurt because you did cool by Ye / You gave him 20 million without thinkin’/ He gave you 20 minutes on stage, f**k was he thinkin’? / “F**k wrong with everybody?” is what you sayin’/ But if everybody’s crazy, you’re the one that’s insane.’