It’s Birdman vs. Jay Z, all over Lil Wayne. Cash Money Records filed a lawsuit in New York on Thursday against Aspiro AB — which owns Tidal — WiMP Music, and WIMP, Inc. over the streaming of Wayne’s most recent mixtape, FWA (aka Free Weezy Album), according to court documents acquired by EW.
Cash Money alleges Aspiro et al. of tortious interference with contract, unfair competition, and conversion, and seeks damages of at least $50 million and injunction of the streaming of FWA on Tidal.
Birdman’s label asserts that the defendants knew Wayne had an exclusive recording contract with Cash Money that prohibited the rapper from distributing his music without the label’s consent.
“Defendants have been, and are continuing to, feature and promote Carter’s recordings throughout the world via Defendants’ fledgling digital streaming music service known as ‘Tidal,’ ” the suit reads, “all in brazen defiance of CMR’s exclusive rights under the exclusive recording agreement.”
Tidal claims Wayne was a co-owner of the tracks and was able to consent distribution of “Glory,” an exclusive track that debuted in June, and FWA in exchange for a piece of ownership in the streaming service.
Cash Money adds the absence of control in the release created damaging confusion regarding the label’s role in releasing a record with “tepid reviews.”
Tidal has yet responded to EW‘s request for comment.