Jay Z removes ‘Reasonable Doubt’ album from Spotify

1996 album becomes first of rapper's back catalogue to be taken from streaming service

Jay-Z has removed his ‘Reasonable Doubt’ album from Spotify.

The rapper, and Tidal co-owner, removed the album from the rival streaming site overnight. The album is unavailable in the US and Canada but remains on Spotify in the UK. There has been no official word from either Jay Z nor Spotify, however the album is streaming in full on Tidal.

Jay Z was part of an all-star cast which launched Tidal in New York last week (March 30) with Kanye West, Madonna, Beyoncé, Rihanna, Arcade Fire, Jack White, J Cole, Nicki Minaj, Deadmau5, Daft Punk and Alicia Keys all attending the live-streamed launch.

The rapper has said that Tidal is not a direct rival for Spotify, rather than an attempt to “strike an honest blow” in shaping the future of music.

The Project Panther Bidco company, co-owned by Jay Z, recently acquired Tidal from its Norwegian parent company Aspiro for 464 million kroner (about £47 million). Tidal Hifi already offers more than 25 million songs and 75,000 music videos to more than half a million subscribers in Norway, Sweden, Denmark, Germany and Poland.

Tidal launched with a number of exclusive releases for its initial subscribers. Video figures highly among the exclusives with The White Stripes’ first-ever television appearance and Daft Punk’s 2006 film Electroma both available. Additionally, Beyoncé debuted new song ‘Die With You’ on the service on April 4.