It seems that Jay-Z is taking the idea of exclusive content on Tidal a lot more seriously than we thought. He has silently pulled all three of his Blueprint albums (2001’s The Blueprint, 2002’s The Blueprint 2, and 2009’s The Blueprint 3) from all streaming services over the past months — leaving them as Tidal exclusives.
The hip-hop mogul had previously only removed his cult classic, Reasonable Doubt, from other streaming services.
No doubt, all this is already a huge loss for guys like Spotify.
“Jay-Z’s Blueprint albums have not been available on any streaming service except Tidal for a few months now,” read a statement from Spotify sent to Billboard. “We hope he brings them back soon so that his millions of fans on Spotify can enjoy them again.” (Last April, Jay’s 1996 debut Reasonable Doubt was also removed from Spotify.)
It’s unclear whether his other albums/works will follow suit. Let’s wait and see.