For Jay-Z’s Birthday, You Can Gift Him Approximately $0.004 Per Spotify Stream

Beyoncé’s husband, the artist formerly known as Jay-Z, turns 50 today, and to celebrate he’s giving us all a gift: a reason to end our Tidal subscription the ability to listen to him on Spotify. Two years ago, all of Jay-Z’s solo music disappeared from Spotify “at the request of the artist” according to the music streamer at the time. The only place you could find the work of Mr. Shawn Carter was his own streaming platform, Tidal. This past April, Beyoncé kindly allowed her album Lemonade on other streaming platforms, including Spotify. What took so long for Jay-Z? Unclear, but trust in Blue Ivy’s process. The rapper hasn’t made an official statement, but we presume he’s busy going over the numbers with Blue. According to Variety, one stream paid, on average in 2018, $0.004, although different artists and songs make different amounts. Jay-Z’s is likely higher because, well, Jay-Z. And because Blue Ivy is famously a shark when it comes to making deals. Seems to be a win-win for both Spotify listeners and the Carters.