Kanye West Is Shutting Down YouTube Accounts for Featuring His Live Performances
Say goodbye to any live performances by Kanye West on YouTube. A decision from either Kanye West himself or the Universal Music Group has seen much of the footage of Kanye's live performances removed from YouTube, and in some cases, user accounts being deleted.
The apparent crackdown on these videos has affect notable blogs such as Fake Shore Drive, Miss Info and XO Necole. The official XXL YouTube account also had footage from this past Thursday's (Feb. 11) Yeezy Season 3 fashion show and The Life of Pablo listening party removed from the web.
Bloggers have noted that much of the footage being removed is not even from recent events like the Yeezy Season 3 show that took place at Madison Square Garden. Some of the performance videos date back years.
"Kanye West, can you please holler at IFPI/YouTube who are deleting my YouTube account for live performance videos from eight years ago," Fake Shore Drive's Andrew Barber wrote on Twitter.
This may be a simple overreaction to the fact that Kanye West's new album The Life of Pablo has been illegally downloaded so much since its release. The BBC reported yesterday (Feb. 16) that The Life of Pablo had been illegally downloaded 500,000 times in the three days since the album's release.
Kanye West has made a big point of stating that the new album and future content such as G.O.O.D. Fridays will be exclusive to Tidal. In addition to the many people who would have illegally downloaded the album anyway, this decision has cut out some of the typical avenues fans had to purchase Kanye's work in the past.
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