“My album will never never never be on Apple. And it will never be for sale… You can only get it on Tidal.” Those were the words from Kanye West shortly after he debuted his latest album, The Life of Pablo. Kanye only mentioned Apple in that Twitter post, but he was pretty much shutting out anyone who wasn’t with Tidal.
And now that’s no longer true. And this isn’t an April Fools joke: The Life of Pablo is now available for listening on Spotify, Apple Music and Google Play Music. For one reason or another, you still can’t buy it from those services — Kayne is selling it on his own website (for a ludicrous $20, no less) — but if you have a premium subscription to these music streaming services you can listen to your heart’s content.
Why the sudden change of heart? Only Kanye knows. We imagine it has something to do with the fact that his career may be spiraling out of control. But the real question is: who cares? Shut up Kanye. Release your music, and if it’s good, people will pay for it. Using a controversial boycott (which may have been more of a marketing trick than an actual spirited movement) to keep your names in the headlines is cheap, and changing the tracks to your album every time you wake up feeling different just to ensure we don’t hear the last of you is about as egotistical as it gets.
If you don’t mind his shenanigans and just want to listen to some pretty good music, though, be sure to load up your subscription to one of these services (there are free trials available if you haven’t tried them already) and give it a go. The links are straight ahead.