Kanye West May Face Class Action Lawsuit From Disgruntled Fan Over a Tweet
Two years ago Kanye West tweeted that his The Life of Pablo album would only be available on Tidal, a streaming platform he helped launch with Jay-Z the year prior. Now, he could be facing some bizarre legal consequences as a disgruntled fan who purchased Tidal to access the album is pursuing a class action lawsuit.
“My album [The Life of Pablo] will never never, never be on Apple,” Yeezy wrote at the time. “And it will never be for sale....You can only get it on Tidal.”
Whether it was directly caused by 'Ye's tweet or not, Tidal's membership proceeded to grow from 1,000,000 to 3,000,000 in the months that followed. One of those new Tidal subscribers was a fan by the name of Justin Baker-Rhett, who was apparently displeased when he found that Yeezy's seventh LP ended up on all major streaming platforms. Rhett was so displeased, in fact, that he ended up filing a lawsuit against Kanye and Aspiro, which is the brand that owns Tidal.
For his part, 'Ye and his legal team mounted their defense against Rhett's lawsuit last summer, claiming that because Yeezy had altered his album after its release, the original version of the album had only existed on the streaming platform.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, a judge allowed Rhett to move forward with his fraudulent inducement case, and now the disgruntled fan is also pursuing a class action lawsuit against Kanye and Aspiro.
Rhett's attorneys say that his case falls directly in line with grounds for class action, which are defined as creating situations in which a group of people afflicted by the same "injury" brought on by a "product" or "action" can collectively sue a defendant. In this case, Kanye and Aspiro are the defendants and the people who purchased a Tidal membership because they believed that to be the only way to listen to the The Life of Pablo are the group experiencing the "injury."
"All persons in the United States who both (1) subscribed to the Tidal streaming service between February 15, 2016 and April 1, 2016, and (2) streamed any track from The Life of Pablo within the first 24 hours after initiating his or her subscription," reads part of Rhett's claim, which attempts to set some measurable parameters for determining who subscribed to Tidal as a result of Yeezy's tweet.
Though this could be a viable a case, docs obtained by THR spotlight the key questions that will determine whether or not a this Rhett's lawsuit gets a class action certification.
Kanye has yet to comment on the matter.
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