Cash Money sues Tidal for $50m over Lil Wayne album

Lil Wayne … Centre of the storm,

Cash Money records and its head, Bryan “Birdman” Williams, are not ones for conducting their business quietly and conventionally. On Wednesday Williams and his latest protege, Young Thug, were named in an indictment as the “orchestrators” of the shooting of Lil Wayne’s tour bus in April. And now Cash Money is suing Jay Z’s Tidal streaming service for $50m (£32m), again over an event concerning Lil Wayne.

Earlier this month, Lil Wayne’s Free Weezy Album was launched exclusively on Tidal, but Cash Money is claiming the exclusive rights to the rapper’s music, insisting his contract prevents any other organisation releasing his music, TMZ reports.

The lawsuit describes Tidal’s release of the Lil Wayne album as “a desperate and illegal attempt to save their struggling streaming service” and quotes contractual terms stating Wayne does not have the right to license his music to anyone else.

Tidal, however, said in June that Wayne was among the musicians who had signed up with Tidal in exchange for a share of the company.

Wayne himself is in financial dispute with Cash Money. In January, he sued the label for $51m, for its failure to release his album Tha Carter V and in an attempt to break free of the company.

Earlier this week, an associate of Williams and his current star Young Thug, was indicted over the shooting of Lil Wayne’s tour bus. Jimmy Carlton Winfrey, Young Thug’s tour manager, faces 30 charges, including aggravated assault, criminal damage to property, possession of a firearm, as well as charges relating to gang and organised crime activity.

The indictment identified Winfrey, Williams, Young Thug and Lil Wayne as members of the Blood gang.

 

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