Jay-Z Restores Entire Catalogue Back to Spotify on 50th Birthday

Lula Sharp
December 4, 2019

When music streaming started picking up steam in the middle of the decade, Jay-Z didn't want to be left behind.

"Happy birthday, Hov. Welcome back to Spotify", read Spotify's Twitter message along with a clip honoring the MC's music.

Jay-Z rarely does anything without a flourish, and apparently as a 50 th birthday present to himself, the billionaire has returned his catalog to Spotify after an absence of almost three years. Now, all we need is Joanna Newsom to return her music to Spotify and the world will achieve peace.

Jay-Z has never really gone away.

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He also suggests that it will be out "sooner than you think", in reference to the other guests' speculation of a later release. During the podcast, Kahn also mentions the Holiday 2021 release window.

So, today, on the great man's 50th birthday (and on an even greater man's 60th birthday), his music has finally returned to Spotify.

In other Spotify news, the streaming platform have revealed their Most Streamed Artists, Tracks And Albums Of 2019. Hard Knock Life, along with his 2004 album with Linkin Park, Collision Course, he has since re-uploaded seminal records like American Gangster, Watch The Throne and The Black Album for fans to enjoy. It's a mystery as to how this was all arranged to make this happen.

The catalog was initially pulled from Apple and Spotify in April 2017, at Hov's behest, but it was restored on Apple Music shortly after.

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