De La Soul end talks with Tommy Boy Records over catalogue streaming

De La Soul end talks with Tommy Boy Records over catalogue streaming

De La Soul have failed to come to an agreement with former label Tommy Boy Records over the ownership of their catalogue and its appearance on streaming services. 

Music Week first reported in February that plans for streaming of the De La Soul catalogue had been put on hold.

Six of their albums were released via Tommy Boy including the classic 3 Feet High And Rising. The group have now confirmed they are in dispute with the label over ownership of their recordings.

“Well friends, after 30 years of profiting from our music and hard work and after seven long months of stalled negotiations, we are sad to say that we’ve been unable to reach an agreement and earn Tommy Boy’s respect for our music/legacy,” said the statement on social media.

The group said its catalogue “will not see the light of day by way of our involvement or consent”.

Acts to defend De La Soul include Jay-Z, who said Tidal would not allow the catalogue on Tidal.

Tommy Boy previously announced a delay on streaming the catalogue because it had been unable to finalise negotiations with group.

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