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Friday 17 July 2015

NEWS: Birdman sues Jay Z's Tidal for $50 million because he claims the music streaming service is illegally using Lil Wayne's songs.

Lil Wayne's adoptive father and former label boss Birdman is suing Jay Z's music streaming service Tidal for $50 million, according to a new report.

Birdman's Cash Money Records filed the lawsuit which claims that Tidal is illegally using Wayne's songs, which it says it has exclusive rights to.

The legal documents, obtained by TMZ, go further, also claiming that Jay Z's company is on the brink of collapse and is using Wayne's music to save itself.

Cash Money's filing claims that Tidal is resorting to 'a desperate and illegal attempt to save their struggling streaming service.'

TMZ reports that Tidal previously claimed that Cash Money does not own exclusive rights, and that Wayne gave Tidal the right to stream his music. 

However, Cash Money cites various portions of its contract with Ll Wayne in the lawsuit as a counter to Tidal's claims. 

Amid the news of the lawsuit, a man charged with shooting into Lil Wayne's tour buses on a Georgia highway called cellphones linked to rappers Young Thug and Birdman before and after the gunfire, according to an indictment in the case.

The attack on Lil Wayne's tour buses came a few months after he filed a federal lawsuit in New York claiming Cash Money Records owed him $8 million. 

The suit, which sought $51 million, was soon dropped by the rapper. Lil Wayne, whose real name is Dwayne Michael Carter, had been mentored by Birdman since starting his career as a teenager

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