Tidal and WiMP, the two services under Swedish umbrella Aspiro, which Jay Z acquired earlier this month, will be the streaming home for artists like Shawn Carter himself, Beyonce, Rihanna, Kanye West, Jack White, Arcade Fire, Drake, Usher, Nicki Minaj, Coldplay, Alicia Keys, Calvin Harris, Daft Punk, Deadmau5, Jason Aldean, J. Cole and Madonna. The names were announced at an event in New York on March 30.
Jay Z brought along some (very) famous and influential friends for this week's re-launch of Tidal, his high-fidelity music streaming service. The rapper's strategy to reach the most prospective subscribers began with a mysterious viral campaign, which saw artists with a combined 156 Twitter million followers change their avatars blue and declare #TIDALforALL in similar tweets.
After a big countdown and star-studded teaser, Alicia Keys emceed an all-star livestreamed announcement about Tidal -- the high-quality music streaming service Jay Z recently purchased -- on Monday (March 30).
Jay Z’s Tidal is a lot of things: a star-studded streaming service with 17 of music’s biggest names as key stakeholders; an ambitious new player in a still-nascent but increasingly competitive marketplace that includes iTunes, Beats, Spotify, Pandora, Rdio and Deezer; and a $56.2 million bet on the future of high-definition “lossless” audio, a technology in which fellow musician Neil Young is also heavily invested.
Hip-hip veterans De La Soul have just announced their upcoming album -- but there's no title, no release date, and most notably, no label. Yes, De La is relying on the support of fans via Kickstarter to release their ninth full-length project, and they've recruited music notables like Damon Albarn, David Byrne, 2 Chainz, and Little Dragon to contribute, with more special guests to be announced.
With many of the touring industry's biggest names rapidly reaching retirement age -- some 15 of the top 25 acts since 1990 include at least one musician over 60 -- the question of succession is taking on increasing urgency.