Rihanna courageously made her latest album ANTI available for free on music streaming site Tidal.
But her former publicist has slammed Jay Z’s subscription-only service, dubbing it a ‘disaster’ after the Work hit-maker’s album sold just 460 copies in the first week.
Record producer Jonathon Hay, who worked with the singing sensation in 2005, said that it’s clear the 28-year-old is ‘upset’ with the level of success achieved on the site, which also saw Kanye West’s The Life of Pablo fail to chart when it was released on the streamer
“Tidal is lame. It’s embarrassing for Jay Z. And now to see Kanye West do the Tidal album and his record doesn’t chart, and then Rihanna’s first week, it was a disaster,” he told The Mirror.
“For Jay Z to make his artists do this is so bad because this is affecting their legacy. It’s really crazy and I know for a fact Rihanna is upset about the Tidal thing and you can see it when you go to her Twitter.”
Jonathan then made reference to the fact that Rihanna has posted a link on her Twitter account to pick up her album on the Google Plus app and not Tidal, with the producer branding it as her way of ‘shooting back’.
While RiRi’s fans may have been eager to hear her eighth album on its expected release date of January 29 after a four year hiatus, the record showed up two days earlier on Tidal.
The album then vanished from the site, with Tidal blaming the muck-up on a ‘system error’ on Universal’s behalf, the owners of Rihanna’s label Roc Nation, before it was unveiled on iTunes.
In 2005, Jonathan helped publicise Rihanna’s debut album Pon de Replay and spread the false rumour that she was dating Jay Z when he was with Beyonce.