Rihanna’s so-called former publicist, Jonathan Hay, has slammed Jay Z’s streaming subscription service, Tidal. Hay claims that Riri is upset with “Anti” only selling 460 copies in the first week.
Record producer Jonathon Hay, who claims to have worked with the “Diamonds” singer in 2005, stated it’s obvious she is upset with how her album did on the site. But sources close to Rihanna insist she has never spoken to Hay about her latest album.
Hays said, “Tidal is lame. It’s embarrassing for Jay Z. And now to see Kanye West do the Tidal album and his record doesn’t chart, and then Rihanna’s first week, it was a disaster. For Jay Z to make his artists do this is so bad because this is affecting their legacy. It’s really crazy and I know for a fact Rihanna is upset about the Tidal thing and you can see it when you go to her Twitter.Jonathan was referring to the fact that Rihanna has posted a link on her Twitter account to pick up her album on the Google Plus app and not Tidal, with the producer branding it as her way of hitting back at Jay Z.
Hay also stated, “She is a Tidal owner, but on her Twitter to pick up her album, she uses a Google plus app not Tidal. That’s her shooting back because Jay Z is just making a mistake.”
Jonathan also noted that after months of hyping “Anti” that it was released two days early on Tidal, which was blamed on a “system error” by Universal.
Rihanna’s alleged publicist said, “The rollout was sloppy, the rollout was bad, to go on Tidal exclusively and eliminate Spotify and Apple is absolutely mad. Thirty years from now, people will just see her first week was a flop. Kanye has now been called a flop. And it’s all because of this Tidal sh*t.”
In 2005, Jonathan helped publicize Rihanna’s debut album Pon de Replay and spread the false rumor that she was dating Jay Z when he was with Beyonce.