Kanye says he turned down $100M Apple Music offer & is now beefing with Apple

in iPod + iTunes + AppleTV edited February 2022
Kanye West says he allegedly lost a sponsorship deal with Apple Music following his "Donda 2" Stem Player announcement, and has claimed he turned down a $100 million offer from the company.

Kanye West delivering a 'keynote' at an Apple Store in 2018.
Kanye West delivering a 'keynote' at an Apple Store in 2018.

On February 18, Kanye West announced that "Donda 2" will "only be available" on the Stem Player for its February 22 release. In follow-up social media posts, it seems that he is starting to feel some of the effects of that decision.

In an Instagram post on Saturday spotted by HipHopDX, West shares a Messages conversation stating "From Damian. Please inform Ye that the apple is no longer doing the sponsorship deal."

West's comment was "Duh" followed by an eye-roll and laughing emoji.

Later that day, a second Messages conversation is relayed by West, with "Randy" from Live Nation asking the musician to pay $2 million to film a show, which West agrees to "since apple pulled on their streaming deal."

The comment on the image by West complains "I love how Apple only sees artist in only one way. They'll sit with Daniel Ek but won't meet with Ye." West then goes to recount meeting with Spotify CEO Ek in a Stockholm club.

West doesn't state explicitly how much the agreement was worth, nor what was involved, but it seems to include video production for a performance alongside an up-front payment to secure the album on the Apple Music service itself.

An earlier Instagram post from Friday had West promoting his Stem Player at the same time as complaining about tech companies making music "practically free," West boasts "I turned down a hundred million dollar Apple deal." Naturally, West doesn't detail what that deal involved, and doesn't offer evidence to prove the claim.

Subsequent Instagram posts from the rap artist includes a boast that he earned over $2 million in Stem Player sales in 24 hours, and added Apple to his long list of career "beefs," alongside Spotify, Vivendi, Universal, TikTok, Black History Month, and "the whole cast of SNL," among others.

The first "Donda" album set a record on Apple Music, with it streamed more than 60 million times in the U.S. on its first day of availability. Despite a delayed release, the album received considerable support from Apple, which was the venue for live-streamed listening events.

At one point, West claimed that his company is a non-profit division of Apple.

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  • Reply 1 of 41
    darkvaderdarkvader Posts: 1,010member
    Why does anybody pay attention to this idiot?  His music is awful, he's an asshole, and he's a liar.

    And why does the rich idiot dress like he's homeless?  In the picture with this article he's wearing a hoodie and an insulated vest.  It's obviously warm in the room, most of the other people are wearing short sleeves.
  • Reply 2 of 41
    Who is he again?
  • Reply 3 of 41
    If you have a problem with everyone guess what you're the problem.
  • Reply 4 of 41
    What's the difference between Ye and a street person mumbling to himself pushing a shopping cart? A huge bank account. He can afford help.
  • Reply 5 of 41
    Isn't Kanye West supposed to be a billionaire now? 
  • Reply 6 of 41
    edredr Posts: 9member
    When his dumb rubber player bombs (maybe useful as a trivet for laté cups), yeezy will strap on his yeezys (below and behind) and run to put all his music back up everywhere, because yeezy must have the cash-cash.
  • Reply 7 of 41
    darkvaderdarkvader Posts: 1,010member
    He should just live his real truth. 

  • Reply 8 of 41
    $2M sales, not $2M profit on those player sales.  Not sure what margin is, but whatever cut he gets on those niche players will never come close to the $100M PURE PROFIT he would have gotten from Apple.  
  • Reply 9 of 41
    Hey Ye, take your meds and shut up.
  • Reply 10 of 41
    But Kanye represents all the poor underprivileged people in the world, who need more money.

    Just like FaceBook represents all the poor, underprivileged software developers, when it wants Apple to stop allowing users to disable web tracking.
  • Reply 11 of 41
    badmonkbadmonk Posts: 1,179member
    Is “Ye” his own personal bespoke pronoun?  

    That’s really woke.
  • Reply 12 of 41
    JFC_PAJFC_PA Posts: 908member
    God rest Ye merry gentlemen…

  • Reply 13 of 41
    macxpressmacxpress Posts: 5,568member
    His music will be on Apple Music and Spotify in time...once he starts losing too much money and needs the sales he'll cave like everyone else does that holds out. Why people continue to do this I have no idea. I don't get why you just can't get your music out to as many people as possible. It would seem to me like you'd make way more fans and money by doing this than trying to get them to buy yet ANOTHER service just to listen to your music. Your music isn't any more special than the next artist. 
  • Reply 14 of 41
    He learned well from Trump, create your own controversy, the more ridiculous your statement the more they will cover you, and rise to the top of the news cycle… Even if you are a known liar.
    edited February 2022 ronnrobin huberwatto_cobra
  • Reply 15 of 41
    I guess "ugly", "ignorant" and "no-talent" weren't enough, he had to add "obnoxious liar" to the list!

  • Reply 16 of 41
    Another sad example of the “mainstreaming” of the mentally ill. He and Britney Spears.  
  • Reply 17 of 41
    JapheyJaphey Posts: 1,634member
    ITGUYINSD said:
    $2M sales, not $2M profit on those player sales.  Not sure what margin is, but whatever cut he gets on those niche players will never come close to the $100M PURE PROFIT he would have gotten from Apple.  
    You don’t actually believe that’s real, do you?
  • Reply 18 of 41
    Dr. Donda is gone, but she left the monster she created behind. Lucky us. 
    edited February 2022 pjorlandowatto_cobra
  • Reply 19 of 41
    JapheyJaphey Posts: 1,634member
    It’s like slowing down to look at a car accident with this guy. Only, it’s like a temporal anomaly because it’s the same accident, in the same place, with the same car, over and over and over again. On repeat. 

    Just for fun, AI should do a review of one of those Stem players before they all end up in a landfill in the desert somewhere. I’ve seen stranger reviews, and I guarantee it would generate a ton of clicks. 
  • Reply 20 of 41
    Anyone who craves drama is someone to steer clear of. Kanye is a drama king. Yeesus
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