If you’re a fan of Kanye West, then you would know that the rapper’s latest album, The Life Of Pablo, has been released. What you may not know however, is how much of a mess the album’s release is.
On Sunday, West released his latest album exclusively on music streaming site Tidal, allowing users to either stream it or buy it for USD 20. This cause many Kanye West fans to download the TIDAL app, pushing it all the way to the top of the Apple App Store. But of course, the launch wasn’t exactly smooth. With reports of multiple credit card charges and no album, TIDAL was presumably overburdened by the sudden surge of users wanting to get their hands on West’s latest album.
My album will never never never be on Apple. And it will never be for sale… You can only get it on Tidal.
— KANYE WEST (@kanyewest) February 15, 2016
The drama doesn’t end there however, as later in the day, Kanye West decided to stop selling his album altogether, making it available only through streaming. West also decided to take to Twitter to announce that The Life of Pablo will only be available through TIDAL via streaming and it will never be available on the iTunes store.
Now that West has decided that he would not sell the album, those who have bought The Life of Pablo before West removed the purchase option decided to upload his full album on torrent sites. According to statistics from TorrentFreak, an estimated 500,000 people have since downloaded to album via BitTorrent. At the time of writing, almost 10,000 people are seeding the album on The Pirate Bay, making it the most seeded album on the website.
As expected, the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) has been trying to takedown the album from torrent sites. Much like a hydra though, for every torrent they took down, two more pops up in its place.