The evolution of The Life of Pablo continues: two months after its Tidal release, and more than 400m streams later, Kanye West’s seventh album is now available from iTunes, Apple Music, Spotify and other major services.
In a statement to the New York Times, the label Def Jam explained that a “newly updated, remixed and remastered version” of The Life of Pablo would be streaming on all major services from 1 April. It added that the album would continue to be edited by West: “In the months to come, Kanye will release new updates, new versions and new iterations of the album.”
The news, while great for fans without a Tidal account, does contradict previous comments made by the rapper. On 15 February, he told his followers:
The album’s official release – it is also available to download from his website for $20 (£14) – comes after West’s impressive Tidal streaming figures were made public earlier this week. Until now, the album has not been eligible for official chart placement. The US recording industry counts 1,500 streams as the equivalent of one album sale – which in the case of The Life of Pablo would equal about 267,000 albums.
West’s album was given a completely new method of release: the record was premiered at Madison Square Garden on 11 February before its was made available on Tidal three days later. Some tracks became available to stream on Spotify – I Love Kanye and Famous – but West has continued to change elements of the songs, adding a vocal by Frank Ocean, tweaking lyrics and adding more gospel vocals.
It is not yet known what’s next for The Life of Pablo, but according to Def Jam, there’s more to come: “Stay tuned for updates on Kanye West’s living album project, The Life of Pablo …”
This article was written by Guardian music, for theguardian.com on Friday 1st April 2016 09.10 Europe/Londonguardian.co.uk © Guardian News and Media Limited 2010