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JAY-Z Album Arrives On All Streaming Platforms — Except Spotify

JAY-Z’s move to hold his album from Spotify isn’t exactly a surprise. In April, he removed his entire catalog from the service without explaining why. Some theorized at the time it was because the streaming service’s ad-based freemium tier paid less than subscriber-only services—which may have been what spurred him to launch his own music streaming service with Tidal in March of 2015. The move may also have been a way to drive his fans to his own platform ahead of TIDAL’s week-long exclusive launch of 4:44. – Andy Gensler, Billboard http://ift.tt/2uQVhEP

Following Uproar, Tidal Makes Jay-Z’s ‘4:44’ Album Available to All Users

Some 72 hours later, it seems that pre-existing condition has been lifted, with the company announcing, along with Sprint CEO Marcelo Claure, that: “Response to Jay-Z’s ‘4:44’ has been unbelievable from Sprint and existing Tidal members who have been able to exclusively stream the album since Friday. Now anyone who joins Tidal can experience Jay-Z’s innovative new work. Of course, Sprint customers and those who switch to Sprint can continue to enjoy a six-month trial of Tidal HiFi on us.” – Variety http://bit.ly/2skhGtc

Jay Z wants you to spend $20 a month to stream high-quality audio

TIDAL features two subscription tiers. […] At $9.99 a month, the premium tier gives listeners full access to the catalog in standard quality and access to high-definition music videos. The second tier, the luxurious Tidal Hi-Fi, gets audio nerds the quality they want — lossless, 16-bit Flac files for $19.99 per month. This is an intentional move on Tidal’s part to make itself seem like it’s catering to artists’ financial interests. […] Interactive streaming services, where users can pick, song by song, what they want to listen to next, have to license music directly with the artists. Instead of paying a blanket fee under the compulsory license (like Pandora does), interactive streaming services have to make deals with individual artists and labels. These direct deals are what made it possible for Taylor Swift to pull out of her Spotify deal in 2014. (Swift’s musical catalog, with the exception of 1989, is available on Tidal.) – Kelsey McKinney, Vox

Jay Z Launches Tidal Streaming-Music Service

Jay Z, the stage name of Shawn Carter, in January acquired Sweden-based Aspiro for $56 million. The artists announced onstage at the New York event Monday were introduced as co-owners of the company, representing the first artist-owned digital-music service — a salvo lobbed against companies like Spotify and Pandora. […] TIDAL will not offer a free version of the service; the standard-audio version (Tidal Premium) will be $9.99 per month and the high-def audio version (Tidal HiFi) will be $19.99 per month. Both tiers are free to try out for 30 days, according to the company. – Todd Spangler, Variety

Taylor Swift Albums Currently Streaming on Jay Z’s TIDAL

As of Tuesday morning (March 24), most of Taylor Swift’s albums (save 1989) are now streaming on TIDAL, the music streaming service Jay Z recently purchased via S. Carter Enterprises after putting in a $56.2 million bid. […] TIDAL is marketing itself as a higher-quality streaming service than the competitors, but the price tag is more substantial: After a seven-day free trial, TIDAL has a $19.99 per month subscription service. But hey, can you put a price on Swift gratification? Swift’s catalog is also available for streaming on several other non-Spotify (Rhapsody, Beats Music) services. – Joe Lynch, Billboard via The Hollywood Reporter
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Aspiro Kills WiMP, Relaunches HiFi Streaming Service Tidal

Jay Z bought 95.18 percent of Aspiro’s shares. This was enough for a compulsory buyout of the entire company, per Chapter 22 of the Swedish Companies Act. Aspiro then applied to delist from Stockholm’s NASDAQ. Now the name WiMP Music is being killed. Aspiro will have one music streaming service named TIDAL. – Nina Ulloa, Digital Music News
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Jay Z has reportedly completed his acquisition of Swedish streaming company Aspiro

Jay Z has completed his acquisition of streaming services TIDAL and WiMP Music, after the company’s shareholders approved his bid to buy Swedish company Aspiro, Billboard reports. […] Streaming sites are big business in northern Europe. And that’s especially true for countries like Sweden. The latest data from the International Federation of the Phonographic Industry (IFPI) shows that streaming music sales make up 80% of recorded music income in Sweden. – James Cook, Business Insider 
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Jay Z Bids on Aspiro, a Swedish Music Streaming Company

Jay-Z, the rap star and entrepreneur, has made a $56 million offer for the Swedish company Aspiro, the owner of two digital music services, [WiMP Music and TIDAL] […] In a statement, a spokeswoman for the rapper and his company gave some insight into his thinking, saying that the shift to streaming “offers great potential for increased entertainment consumption and an opportunity for artists to further promote their music. – Ben Sisario, The New York Times 
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