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Jay Z facing lawsuit over Tidal royalties

Rapper Jay Z has been hit with a $5 million (£3.6 million) royalties lawsuit from his streaming service Tidal.
The Empire State of Mind star relaunched the brand in March (15) with new investors including his wife Beyonce, Kanye West, Nicki Minaj, Madonna, Rihanna and Daft Punk.
The stars faced a barrage of criticism from fans, artists and critics alike, amid concerns the company’s subscription fees and lack of a free service could drive music lovers back to illegal downloads.
They fought back, insisting Tidal grants musicians a better cut of royalties compared to some other similar services, but now Jay Z is facing a class action lawsuit from musician John Emanuele and bosses at Yesh Music LLC.
According to TheJasmineBrand.com, Emanuele is suing executives at Jay-Z’s company, S. Carter Enterprises, and two other firms, involving Tidal, for copyright infringement and underpayment of royalties.
Emanuele, who is a member of the group The American Dollar, claims their music is available to stream on Tidal, but they never approved the access to their music and the band has not received any compensation.
“Ironically, when Defendant Carter purchased the Tidal Music Service in 2015, it claimed it would be the first streaming service to pay the artists,” the plaintiffs state. “Different owner, same game.”
The plaintiffs are seeking $150,000 (£108,000) in damages per infringement and an injunction barring the company from distributing the music.
Representatives for Jay Z have yet to respond to the lawsuit.

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