Birdman’s company Cash Money Records is suing Jay Z for millions of dollars for illegally streaming Lil Wayne’s new album FWA on Tidal.
Birdman claims in the $50 million suit that only Cash Money has exclusive rights to Wayne’s music, but Tidal, in ‘a desperate and illegal attempt to save their struggling streaming service,’ yanked the album from them.
Tidal has maintained that it was Wayne who granted them the rights to use his music in exchange for part ownership of the company … a fact Wayne himself confirmed during a concert last month. But Cash Money says that action is null and void because in the contract Wayne signed with them, it was explicitly stated that Wayne does not have the power to license his music to anyone else. That portion of the contract was quoted in the suit.
And to cap it all up, Cash Money blasts Wayne’s new album as a failure that got ‘tepid reviews’ and may turn out to be a non-money maker for the company.
As you know already, Wayne has been at war with Birdman since this year because he delayed the release of his album Tha Carter V. Wayne later sued Birdman to get out of his contract with Cash Money and for $51 million in damages.