- Beyoncé and Jay-Z’s new album “Everything is Love” just dropped on Spotify, Apple, and Amazon.
- “Everything is Love” was a surprise release on Tidal on Saturday.
- Tidal’s short exclusive window raises questions about Jay-Z’s plans for the company.
Beyoncé and Jay-Z’s new album “Everything is Love” is now available to stream on Spotify Premium and Apple Music, as well as to download on Amazon Music.
Beyoncé and Jay-Z dropped the album unannounced on Saturday, June 18. Initially the album, recorded under the name “The Carters,” was only released on Tidal, Jay-Z’s own digital music platform.
— Amazon Music (@amazonmusic) June 18, 2018
But it has now been released across three of the world’s biggest streaming services, meaning Tidal had an exclusive window that lasted just hours.
Many had assumed that the album would remain a Tidal exclusive, especially since lyrics in the song “NICE” portray Beyoncé as dismissive of streaming service Spotify. In the song, she sings: “If I gave two fucks – two fucks about streaming numbers/ Would have put Lemonade up on Spotify.”
It raises questions about Jay-Z’s plans for Tidal, which has been mired in controversy recently after it was accused of wildly inflating streaming numbers for Beyoncé and Kanye West albums.
Business Insider has reached out to Spotify, Amazon, and Tidal for comment.