Frank Ocean cranks up the Apple vs. Spotify beef

Since launching Apple Music last summer, Apple Inc. has shelled out some of its massive cash reserves to the music industry’s biggest and brightest stars, landing exclusive album releases on the streaming service.

But now there is a brewing backlash to Apple’s strategy. Earlier this week, Universal Music Group and its labels reportedly said, “No more,” and there are claims Spotify is making artists who take Apple’s cash pay when the exclusive window ends.

The change was sparked by the release of Frank Ocean’s highly-anticipated second studio album, “Blond.” Ocean, until recently, was a UMG artist through its Def Jam label.

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