JAY-Z to host TIDAL listening party for upcoming Prince LP ‘Originals’

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JAY-Z to host TIDAL listening party for upcoming Prince LP ‘Originals’Jay Z Ffs

Rapper JAY-Z will host a TIDAL listening party for the upcoming posthumous Prince album Originals on June 6 in Los Angeles. The new 15-track LP features 14 previously unreleased tracks from Prince’s “vault” including original versions of songs that the late musician wrote for other artists including Sheila E.’s “The Glamorous Life,” the Bangles’, “Manic Monday”, Vanity 6’s “Make-Up,” Kenny Rogers’ “You’re My Life”, and more. Originals was curated by JAY-Z and Troy Carter on behalf of the Prince Estate.

Prince has previously worked with TIDAL on a number of exclusive releases such as 2015 albums Hit n Run Phase One and Hit n Run Phase Two., and personally curated vault selections. Both Prince and JAY-Z have expressed both their respect for each other and gratitude for collaborating together.

JAY-Z said in a statement, “Prince led the way, for artistic freedom, for ownership. He’s one of the bravest people I can think of in the industry. He trusted us, not just me, but TIDAL, to continue his fight. Trying to help further that legacy through his music is both an honor we couldn’t pass up as an organization dedicated to empowering artists. This gives his true fans that peak behind the curtain.”

Originals will be available to stream exclusively on TIDAL June 7, followed by a wide release via Warner Bros on June 21 and Deluxe 1-CD/2-LP and 2-LP editions on July 19.

H/T: Rolling Stone

DJ Khaled partners with TIDAL on exclusive ‘Father of Asahd: The Album Experience’ documentary

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Ahead of his forthcoming album release on May 17, DJ Khaled has announced his partnership with TIDAL for a series of exclusive media that focuses on the creative journey behind Father of Asahd itself.

The partnership includes Father of Asahd: The Album Experience, a documentary showcasing the making of the album. The film will be available to stream exclusively on TIDAL, paired with two launch events in New York City. Khaled will host a special album release celebration on May 17 followed by the documentary screening and a conversation with TIDAL’s Director of Culture & Content, Elliot Wilson, for a live-streamed CRWN interview on May 21. Due to overwhelming demand, the Father of Asahd: The Album Experience screening has been confirmed to move to a larger venue, Apollo theater in NYC. TIDAL members can sign up for a chance to attend both events here. Members will also be able to view the documentary and live CRWN interview as part of their subscriptions.

The long-awaited Father of Asahd album marks Khaled’s 11th studio album and presumably his biggest record yet. The mogul has expressed his belief that the release is his most impressive to date, featuring industry heavyweights like J Balvin, Cardi B, Travis Scott, Meek Mill, Post Malone, 2 Chainz, Bryson Tiller, and more. TIDAL has collaborated previously with Khaled on TIDAL X Brooklyn and 2016’s Made in America Festival, continuing to prove their dedication to connecting fans with artists through various events, giveaways, and activations offered exclusively to members.

Photo Credits: Mike Coppola/Getty Images

Amazon prepares to launch high-definition streaming service

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Amazon prepares to launch high-definition streaming serviceAmazon Echo

Shortly after launching its free music streaming service on April 18, Amazon continues its foray into the streaming industry with plans to launch a high-fidelity music streaming platform. The biggest players in high-definition streaming currently are TIDAL and Deezer, both of which offer streams at 44.1 kHz / 16 bit for $19.99 per month. TIDAL additionally offers a “Masters” quality, which encompasses thousands of albums at 96 kHz / 24 bit, made possible by its partnership with MQA.

Reports say that Amazon has already secured the potential licensing from one major record label while in talks with other large music-rights holders. The new tier is presumed to be around $15 per month and expected to launch before the end of 2019. With the entry of hi-def service, Amazon will essentially cover every tier of recorded music in both streaming and physical products like merchandise, vinyl, and CDs. As of now, Amazon’s digital music services include its free Alexa streaming, Prime membership-catalog, and on-demand access via Amazon Music Unlimited. While Spotify and Apple Music have yet to make moves on the hi-def streaming space, Amazon’s strategic ventures into the music space may give it leverage to leaving to compete for a spot as one of the biggest music subscription streaming platforms globally.

H/T: Music Business Worldwide

Celebrate the third anniversary of Beyoncé’s ‘Lemonade’ by streaming on Spotify and Apple Music for the first time

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Celebrate the third anniversary of Beyoncé’s ‘Lemonade’ by streaming on Spotify and Apple Music for the first timeBeyonce Lemonade

The best-selling album of 2016 has finally made its way to Spotify and Apple Music—just in time for its third birthday.

Beyoncé‘s sixth studio, Lemonade, made its debut on Tidal on April 23, 2016 and was met with widespread acclaim from critics worldwide. It was named one of the best albums of the year by countless publications and featured collaborations with The Weeknd, James Blake, Kendrick Lamar, and Jack White. For the first time, fans can stream Lemonade on Spotify and Apple Music. Before April 23, 2019, the album had only been available to stream on Tidal and for purchase through retailers.

2019 has already been a big year for Beyoncé, who just released her Homecoming documentary on Netflix and a corresponding live album. She’s also set to voice Nala in the upcoming Lion King remake, out this July.

Photo credit: YouTube – “Lemonade” music video

JAY-Z will open newly renovated Webster Hall with ‘B-Sides’ show

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JAY-Z will open newly renovated Webster Hall with ‘B-Sides’ showJay Z Ffs

After two years, the historic New York City venue Webster Hall will finally reopen its doors with its first show since its closing in August 2017.

The act atop the debut parallels the lofty stature of the event, with the venue enlisting none other than JAY-Z for the reopening. The iconic rapper and mogul will be bringing his B-Sides 2 performance to Webster on Friday, April 26. Dubbed Tidal X: Jay Z B-Sides, the first ever B-Sides gig featured rare tracks and other never-before-performed material, also taking place in New York at Terminal 5 and streaming through TIDAL. It would certainly please fans for the heatedly anticipated follow-up performance to receive the same TIDAL treatment, though the streaming capabilities surrounding the show have yet to be confirmed.

Webster Hall has already announced a diverse set of events for its reemergence. Dillon Francis will be the first DJ act to play Webster since Skrillex and Boys Noize closed it out two years ago. Francis will play the night after JAY-Z on Saturday, April 27. Other artists on the event roster include MGMT, Empire of the Sun, FKJ, Chromeo and a long length of others.

Tickets for Webster Hall’s opening night go on sale to the general public Friday, April 19 at 11:00 am EDT. AMEX presale begins Thursday, April 18 at 10:00 am EDT. The sale can be accessed here on Ticketmaster.

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TIDAL reportedly under investigation for inflated streaming data

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TIDAL reportedly under investigation for inflated streaming dataTidal

Authorities in Norway are now investigating TIDAL over the alleged streaming number inflations that came to light back in 2016. The Jay-Z-owned company that has long been under speculation and scrutiny now faces an investigation led by the Norwegian Authority for Investigation of Economic and Environmental Crime, also known as Økokrim, according to a report from Bloombergquint.

In March of 2016, TIDAL reported that Kanye West‘s The Life Of Pablo, which was exclusively released on TIDAL, earned 250 million streams in 10 days. At the time, the streaming service claimed they had more than 3 million people subscribed. Those numbers would infer that every TIDAL subscriber was playing The Life Of Pablo more than eight times a day. After TIDAL reported Beyoncé‘s record-breaking album Lemonade was streamed 306 million times in just 15 days after its release, Norwegian newspaper Dagens Næringsliv raised their eyebrows and began to look closer. After January 2017 investigation, the major accusation was that “Beyoncé’s and Kanye West’s listener numbers on TIDAL have been manipulated to the tune of several hundred million false plays… which has generated massive royalty payouts at the expense of other artists.”

TIDAL has called Dagens Næringsliv’s reporting a “smear campaign” in the past and hired a third party to investigate what it is calling a data breach. After the Bloombergquint report, a TIDAL representative was reached by Complex and stated, “TIDAL is not a suspect in the investigation. We are communicating with Økokrim. From the very beginning, [Dagens Næringsliv] has quoted documents that they have not shared with us in spite of repeated requests. DN has repeatedly made claims based on information we believe may be falsified. We are aware that at least one person we suspected of theft has been questioned. We cannot comment further at this time and refer to our previous statement, which still stands.”

According to IFPI’s 2018 Global Music Report, streaming accounted for 38.4 percent of total music revenue and grew 41.1 percent from the previous year. Streaming’s global influence on the industry continues to grow and evolve is already a multi-billion dollar industry despite what seems to be a lack of regulation.

H/T: Spin

Lil Wayne, Ms. Lauryn Hill, Anderson .Paak, and Meek Mill announced as TIDAL X headliners

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Lil Wayne, Ms. Lauryn Hill, Anderson .Paak, and Meek Mill announced as TIDAL X headlinersLil Wayne Carter V Release Date

TIDAL has announced the headliners for its annual charity concert, TIDAL X. After announcing earlier this year that the proceeds of the show will support criminal justice reform non-profits, the streaming platform has announced its stacked lineup of performers for its return to Brooklyn’s Barclays Center on October 23.

Headliners will include Lil Wayne, Meek Mill, Anderson .Paak and the return of Ms. Lauryn Hill. Kaskade will return to the event as well. This year’s lineup also features Vic Mensa, Black Thought, Teyana Taylor and more. Tickets for TIDAL X and livestream information can be found here. 

One hundred percent of net ticket proceeds and donations at TIDAL X will support non-profit organizations including #Cut50,  Equal Justice Initiative and Innocence Project and REFORM.

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TIDAL announces fourth annual benefit concert TIDAL X: BROOKLYN, focused on criminal justice reform

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TIDAL announces fourth annual benefit concert TIDAL X: BROOKLYN, focused on criminal justice reformBeyonce Jay Z Erin Benson Flickr

TIDAL has announced that it will return to Brooklyn’s Barclays Center on October 23 for its fourth annual charity concert. This year, TIDAL X: BROOKLYN will add to the more than $10 million tab that they’ve raised from the first three years of the concert. Following last year’s donations to disaster relief & recovery in places like Houston and Puerto Rico, TIDAL will focus on raising money to help support criminal justice reform, donating profits to a variety of charities including REFORM and Equal Justice Initiative.

Past headliners of TIDAL X have included some of the streaming platform’s most coveted artists, including Beyonce, Nicki Minaj, Jennifer Lopez, Kaskade and Chris Brown, as well as serving as a platform for rising stars like Jessie Reyez, Marc E. Bassy and Kevin Garrett. While headliners haven’t been announced yet, TIDAL members can grab presale tickets here as well as on their mobile app, and the general public will be able to grab tickets Friday, September 7 at 12PM EST. 

REZZ stars in TIDAL’s mini-doc, ‘The Alien Behind The Goggles’

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REZZ stars in TIDAL’s mini-doc, ‘The Alien Behind The Goggles’Rezz Tidal 1

Ahead of her album listening party at Magic Castle, REZZ sat down with TIDAL to briefly divulge into not only where the inspiration came for the Certain Kind Of Magic album, but touch on her come-up, and early influences.

REZZ has always been vocal about her wide range of musical taste, and reiterates this in the interview, citing her love for pop-punk (Green Day, Bring Me The Horizon, My Chemical Romance) and deadmau5 on the electronic end. As she fondly reminisces about her early festival-going days, the documentary drums up a photo of REZZ posing at an event donning an enormous Skrillex perler around her neck.

“I was totally involved in the same way all my fans are today,” she says.

Twitter has housed quite a few watershed moments in REZZ’s career. She enthusiastically recounts the day Skrillex followed her on the platform, and soon messaged her asking her to keep him in the loop on her unreleased tracks.

She also emphasizes how she uses her constant interaction with fans on Twitter to allow them to feel connected to her “as a real person.” REZZ says her fans attributing her quixotic nicknames on Twitter like “magician and wizard,” led to the magic theme becoming the focal point of the new album.

Diving as far back into her musical history as she can remember, she recalls that while she never learned music theory or had any formal training, from a very early age, she displayed an aptitude for rhythm. She cites an exercise from elementary school in which players tried to mimic each other’s drum patterns, and how she intuitively mirrored the other kids’ sequences.

The featured doc is only available for those with TIDAL subscriptions. 

Photo Credit: Philip Prolo

Kanye West and TIDAL are hit with an $84-million lawsuit

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Kanye West and TIDAL are hit with an $84-million lawsuitKanye Tidal Lawsuit

Kanye West has certainly had a summer of GOOD Music, dropping five new albums with his label: Pusha T, his own, a joint Kid Cudi project, NAS, and finally, Teyana Taylor. Kanye’s summer isn’t all coming up roses though, with reports surfacing that claim Ye and TIDAL are getting hit with an $84 million lawsuit.

Back when Kanye released, The Life Of Pablo, he announced on Twitter that his album would be hosted exclusively on TIDAL, saying, “my album will never never never be on Apple.” This, of course, prompted users to sign up and subscribe to TIDAL, handing over personal information to sign up for the service. Today, the album is available on all platforms, thus, a fraud lawsuit was put forward, stating users were “fraudulently induced to subscribe to TIDAL and uniformly tricked into handing over their private data and credit card information by a singular mistruth.”

Judge Gregory Woods already handed Mr. West and the streaming platform a loss in the form of an 18-page decision. Judge Woods ultimately upheld the fraudulent inducement and unjust enrichment claims which means the case would have to be settled out of court or go to trial.

Photo Credit: @tidal/Instagram