Have you noticed? Jay-Z quietly removed all three Blueprint albums from all but Tidal

best music videos
Adam Glanzman/Flickr
Have you noticed that your Spotify searches for your favorite Jay-Z track have been coming up empty? That’s because world famous rapper and entrepreneur Jay-Z has quietly pulled all three of his Blueprint albums (2001’s The Blueprint, 2002’s The Blueprint 2, and 2009’s The Blueprint 3) from all streaming services over the past few months — except for Tidal.

The musician had previously only removed his cult classic debut album, Reasonable Doubt, from other streamers. The move shouldn’t exactly be a shocker to die-hard Jay-Z fans; The Brooklyn-based rapper owns a significant portion of Tidal, and has been one of its most prominent public proponents.

Tidal launched in March 2015 with higher quality audio and the promise of bigger royalty payments for artists, but the service has been marred by controversy from the get-go. Multiple members of the musical glitterati stood alongside Tidal as an “artist owned” streaming service promising more pay for artists, but the star-studded gala seemed to only turn people off in the process. Most recently, Tidal accidentally released Rihanna’s latest record, Anti, early, and was the vehicle for a seriously botched release of Kanye West’s latest album.

Originally valued at nearly $250 million, Tidal currently sits somewhere closer to $100 million in net worth. Jay-Z has likely been receiving pressure from those inside the company to go Tidal-exclusive, with the hope that he, like West and Rihanna, can help drive more users to subscribe.

That may be a short term band-aid for the service, but it’s not likely to contribute to its subscriber numbers in any sort of groundbreaking way. Like the service’s launch party, hosting exclusive music from within the family seems to be another turnoff to listeners looking for the kind of inclusive simplicity that comes with a service like Spotify.

While other streaming services may be upset about the loss of material, they aren’t exactly climbing over themselves to get it back. It would seem most subscribers didn’t notice the material went missing, and the majority of Jay-Z’s back catalog is still available to stream on Spotify, Apple Music, and Amazon, among others.

“Jay Z’s Blueprint albums have not been available on any streaming service except Tidal for a few months now,” said a spokesperson from Spotify to Pitchfork, “We hope he brings them back soon so that his millions of fans on Spotify can enjoy them again.”

Home Theater

Amazon’s free Spotify competitor is here. Just ask Alexa

Just ask Alexa to play your favorite song. Amazon has launched a free, ad-based music streaming service to compete with Spotify's free tier on its popular Echo devices, aiming to bolster subscriptions to Amazon Music Unlimited.

These are all the games we want to see from Square Enix at E3 2019

Square Enix will once again hold its own press conference for E3 2019. These are the games we want the company to show during the event, including the long-awaited Final Fantasy VII Remake.
Home Theater

Don't need sports or local channels? Philo can save you some cash

Philo is an affordable live TV streaming service, with an impressive channel list and feature set. With more hardware support, unlimited DVR, and greatly improved TV Everywhere features, the service is now even easier to recommend.

From rugged wagons to hot sports cars, the 2019 NY Auto Show brought it all

From city cars to supercars, anything goes at the New York Auto Show. Automakers from all over the globe traveled to the 2019 show to unveil their newest concept cars and production models.

YouTube Red is now YouTube Premium. What's changed, and should you subscribe?

Thanks to Google, YouTube Red is now YouTube Premium. We explain what exactly a YouTube Premium subscription gets you, how much it costs, and break down if it's a good choice for you.

Get some bud-green Master and Dynamic wireless headphones for $50 off this 420

Looking for the best possible audio experience to pair with your favorite herb? Master and Dynamic has announced a special 420 edition of its gorgeous on-ear and over-ear headphones, which will be available for $50 off this 4/20.
Home Theater

Dream on: The concert of the future is in Vegas, and Aerosmith leads the charge

Aerosmith has partnered with THX, L-Acoustics, 1More, and Mixhalo to provide fans with an unparalleled, tech-fueled concert experience for the band’s 50th anniversary. Here’s how this one concert series could shape the future of live…

The best new music this week: Tallest Man On Earth, Cage the Elephant, and more

Looking for the best new music? Each week, we find the most compelling new releases just for you. This week: The Tallest Man On Earth, Cage The Elephant, Lizzo, Pivot Gang, and Sad Planets.
Home Theater

Wireless headphones are finally awesome, and these are our favorites

With sleek forms, prime audio quality, and the freedom of untethered listening, there has never been a better time to pick up a pair of wireless headphones. These are the best ones currently available.
Home Theater

The best MP3 players of 2019 cram tons of music into a small package

Want to go for a run, but your phone is weighing you down? Don't sweat it. Can't fit your whole music library on your smartphone? No worries. Check out our list of the best MP3 players, and find one that works for you.
Home Theater

Get the most boom for your buck with the best headphones under $100

Everybody wants a bargain, and this list has a bunch. For those looking for a solid set of headphones without spending a big stack of cash, this list is is your starting point. Check out our picks for the best headphones under $100.
Home Theater

Amazon drops prices on Bose speakers and sound systems by up to 50%

Amazon knocked $220 off the price of two Bose 301-V Direct/Reflecting bookshelf loudspeakers, a 50% discount. The 301-Vs are suited for music or for home theater systems. Amazon's sale also includes the Bose Solo 5 TV Sound System.
Home Theater

Rock out, dance, or just nod along with the best Bluetooth speakers

The market is saturated with wireless audio solutions fit for any and all circumstances. Check out our picks for the best Bluetooth speakers available, whether you'll be listening in the kitchen or on a mountaintop.
Digital Trends Live

Digital Trends Live: Drone delivery OK’d, Aerosmith’s immersive concert, and more

Join DT Live as we discuss the FAA's approval of delivery drones, 3D-printing advances in prosthetics and bike helmets, geoengineering against climate change, identity management, Aerosmith's immersive THX concert, and more.