Jay-Z marks 50th birthday by adding his music on to Spotify

Jay-Z marks 50th birthday by adding his music on to Spotify

Jay-Z Puts Entire Catalog Back on Spotify for 50th Birthday

If you're a Spotify user and love Jay-Z, this is a special day for you because the rapper's entire discography is now back on the streaming service. Actually, it wasn't that mysterious.

Despite being the high-profile owner of rival music streaming service Tidal, the artist born Shawn Corey Carter has re-released his entire music catalog.

Reps for Jay and Spotify did not immediately respond to Variety's requests for comment, but a source close to the situation said the two camps had been in discussions for some time; presumably the birthday simply provided a good news hook. The Swedish company welcomed him back in a tweet at midnight NY time.

There was no indication how long Jay-Z's flow would remain available on Spotify, which has often come under fire from prominent artists including Prince, Taylor Swift and Thom Yorke for its royalty system, which many musicians say leaves them underpaid. Just a tweet from Spotify that welcomed him back to the service. (Lemonade did eventually arrive on Spotify three years after its initial debut.) Jay Z similarly dinged the company via rap in 2015, but as the music streaming landscape changes, apparently times change too. Spotify reported 113 million subscribers in its most recent quarterly results, in October.

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