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TY DOLLA $IGN CALLS OUT APPLE MUSIC FOR BAD VULTURES 1 PROMOTION

Apple Music has some explaining to do. Ty Dolla $Ign took to Instagram this weekend to call out the streaming service for barely promoting his new collab album, Vultures 1, with Kanye West.


According to Ty Dolla $Ign, Apple Music failed to feature Vultures 1 on their “New Music” or “Best New Songs” sections when it dropped on February 10. The only sign of the album was one song making the Top Songs chart. “We never had anything in the new music,” Ty Dolla $Ign said in an Instagram story. “And we never had best new songs.”

The lack of promotion is pretty surprising considering Vultures 1 debuted at number one on the Billboard 200. You’d think a new Kanye and Ty Dolla $Ign project would get major placement on Apple Music.


Issues Plaguing the Release

To be fair, Vultures 1 has faced several issues since releasing that likely impacted its promotion. The track “Good (Don’t Die)” was removed from Spotify. Then, the entire album disappeared from Apple Music for a few days after a complaint from its distributor, FUGA. According to FUGA, an unnamed client uploaded the album without following proper procedure.


Victory on the Billboard 200

Despite the hurdles, Kanye West and Ty Dolla $Ign managed to top the Billboard 200 for a second straight week. Vultures 1 edged out Yeat’s 2093 by just 200 units, selling 75,000 album-equivalent units. The win comes after Vultures 1 opened with nearly 150,000 units in its first week.


While Ty Dolla $Ign has a right to feel frustrated with Apple Music, keeping the album atop the charts is the sweetest revenge. And with the issues now resolved, hopefully Vultures 1 will get the proper love and promotion it deserves.


Vultures 1 Faces Distribution Issues After Release

If you were excited to stream Vultures 1, the collab album from Ty Dolla $ign and Kanye West, you probably had some trouble actually accessing it at first. Shortly after dropping on February 10, the album faced issues with various streaming platforms that temporarily made it unavailable.


According to Ty Dolla $ign, Apple Music didn't give Vultures 1 much promotion or placement on their "top shelf" or "best new songs" sections. While the album did chart, Ty called out the streaming service for the lack of spotlight. The rapper aired his grievances on Kanye's Instagram, scrolling through Apple Music and pointing out the album's absence from their featured content.


Things got worse when the track "Good (Don't Die)" was removed from Spotify. Then, the entire album disappeared from Apple Music on February 15. As it turns out, Vultures 1's original distributor, FUGA, said the album had been uploaded through their system incorrectly by another client, violating FUGA's terms of service. The album was pulled until a new deal could be made with Label Engine, who had distributed the singles "Vultures" and "Talking/Once Again."


After ironing out the distribution kinks, Kanye West and Ty Dolla $ign held onto the top spot on the Billboard 200 for a second week. Despite facing significant hurdles,

Vultures 1 beat out Yeat's album by a mere 200 units to claim victory. While its 75,000 album-equivalent units were only about half of its debut, the controversial collab project prevailed.


Through it all, Vultures 1 has proven itself a force to be reckoned with. Distribution drama and chart competition couldn't keep this album down for long. Ty Dolla $ign and Kanye West's musical partnership has paid off, even if ###Apple Music didn't give them the promotion they deserved.


Despite Challenges, Vultures 1 Holds at #1 on Billboard 200

You had to know Ye and Ty wouldn’t go down without a fight. Even after facing issues with their album’s distribution and sampling, Vultures 1 has clung onto the top spot on the Billboard 200 for another week.


A Rocky Start

When Vultures 1 first dropped on February 10, it seemed like the duo couldn’t catch a break. Their track “Good (Don’t Die)” was quickly pulled from Spotify, and within days, the entire album disappeared from Apple Music. As it turned out, the company that initially distributed Vultures 1, FUGA, said the album’s release violated their agreement.


A New Deal and Another Shot

Luckily, Ye and Ty found a new partner in Label Engine to get Vultures 1 back out to fans. After ironing out the kinks, the album reappeared on streaming services and downloads, just in time to debut at No. 1.


While Vultures 1 faced some serious hurdles out of the gate, Ye and Ty’s devoted followers came through. The album earned over 75,000 units in its second week to hold onto the top spot, fending off a close challenge from rising star Yeat. After a turbulent start, Vultures 1 has proven its staying power. Ye and Ty should feel vindicated that their collaborative effort came out on top, showing their connection with fans is as strong as ever.

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