Kanye West’s hits keep coming: Here are the companies that have cut ties with him over his controversial ‘Famous’ album.
Kanye West is known for a lot of things. First and foremost, his latest album, “Famous.” It’s not even a month old, yet he’s already garnered a lot of attention and earned a lot of hatred. You’d be remiss not to mention that Kanye is also the only artist to earn $30 million from a single album (his “Black Skinhead” from 2009, which was a collaboration with Jay-Z.)
“People are calling [him] a genius because he makes money from music,” said Kanye West himself on “The Tonight Show,” where he discussed his latest hit album, “Famous,” which his wife, Kim Kardashian West, has helped make into a reality. “A lot of people are questioning my genius, the genius I was able to create with my songs because I’m making a billion-and-a-half dollars a year off of music. And I’m not worried about it at all.”
Though he’s now making more money than ever, West still has a lot of support in his name among the music industry. Kanye West’s biggest fan will be Apple, which purchased his songs for the iPhone 5 and released a digital download named “Watch the Throne,” featuring both “Famous” and “Solo: A Star Wars Story.” West’s songs will be integrated into the forthcoming iPhone 6, which is expected to be released this fall.
“Apple is one of my biggest supporters, they were buying the whole album,” said Kanye West during an interview with Billboard at Yeezy Fest in Chicago last weekend, when asked about the future of his music on Apple devices. “They’re putting out the software for the iPhone 6, and everyone will be able to watch my music videos in three-dimensional space.”
Here are a few companies that have cut ties with West over his controversial “Famous” album:
While the iPhone isn’t the most popular music or TV device in the world — Apple only has about a 40 percent share of the market — it seems to be the most popular streaming music service, and it offers