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The Roast Of Justin Bieber was tough to sit through — almost as tough as the transition from teen idol to grownup pop star Bieber is trying to pull off. For every Justin Timberlake there are many Jordan Knights, and Bieber risks becoming the next Aaron Carter if he can’t get back to making headline… More »

About three hours after the conclusion of yesterday’s titanic Tidal announcement, Billboard posted a story called “8 Things We Found on Jay Z’s Tidal Streaming Service.” Those eight things were:… More »

People love to hate Simon Cowell — for pioneering TV singing contests with The X Factor and American Idol and/or for playing the role of resident asshole on those shows — but give the guy credit for this much: In this era of rampant individualism, he sees the enduring value of a team. We saw… More »

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Jack White’s New Jay Z Vinyl Has A Concealed Flexi Disc You Access With A Knife

Have we reached peak vinyl? Probably, yeah, and shit like this doesn’t help. After already releasing a superfluous box set of eight 7-inch records containing Jay Z’s latest artistic flop, Magna Carta … Holy Grail (which was, let’s remember, initially released via Samsung phone), Third Man Records is double-dipping and putting out a more traditional… More »

By: James Rettig / July 31, 2015 - 2:37 pm

Gwyneth Paltrow Designed A $1,695 Clutch Honoring Biggie & Tupac

Gwyneth Paltrow’s website GOOP is selling hip-hop themed pearly clutches. Paltrow enlisted Edie Parker to design the two styles exclusively for GOOP. The “Flavia” clutches come in pearlescent or hand-poured acrylic and are emblazoned on each side with lettering that read: “Hov” and “Shady” or “Biggie” or “Pac” in curly, sparkling cursive. Oh, and best… More »

By: Caitlin White / July 28, 2015 - 12:50 pm

Cash Money Records Suing Tidal, Jay Z For $50M Over The Free Weezy Album

Fans of Lil Wayne are going through some excruciating pain this year, as the battles over money, music, and life itself seem to keep getting pettier and darker every passing week. Last night the news broke that Wayne’s recent tour bus shooting might have been masterminded by Cash Money CEO and former Wayne mentor Birdma… More »

By: Caitlin White / July 16, 2015 - 5:02 pm

Made In America Festival 2015 Lineup

Jay-Z’s Budweiser-sponsored Made In America Festival is returning to Philadelphia this Labor Day weekend. Last year, the Philadelphia-based festival expanded into two separate, simultaneous festivals in Philly and Los Angeles; that’s not happening again this year, although there will be two additional single-day shows, one in New York with Mary J. Blige headlining and another… More »

By: Peter Helman / June 24, 2015 - 6:41 pm

Ed Sheeran Took Jay Z And Beyoncé To A Midtown Pub And Covered “Empire State Of Mind”

Beyoncé slummed it with Ed Sheeran at a midtown bar over the weekend after Sheeran’s performance on Sunday night at Barclays Center. (Jay Z was there, too.) Sheeran mentioned the hangout briefly on Jimmy Fallon in an interview, which led Vulture to do some investigative reporting to get the full scoop. Turns out they were… More »

By: James Rettig / June 3, 2015 - 8:46 am

Nick Minaj x Jay Z Collab Probably Coming To Tidal Very Soon

Nicki Minaj is one of the many celebrity co-owners of Jay Z’s streaming service Tidal, and she did Tidal a great favor earlier this week, when she gave up her great video for the Beyoncé collab “Feelin Myself” as a Tidal exclusive. That may not be the only favor she does the service. As FADERMore »

By: Tom Breihan / May 22, 2015 - 11:56 am

Tidal’s Artist Bios Are Unforgiving, But So Are iTunes’

Earlier today someone tweeted a Reddit link into my timeline that seized upon the idea that Tidal bios were shady. Perusing the few they’d collected (that focus specifically on female pop stars) I quickly realized they weren’t shady at all, but merely factual about the artists’ failings. More »

By: Caitlin White / May 21, 2015 - 5:36 pm

Marina Abramović Is Very Pissed At Jay Z

When Jay Z made his video for “Picasso Baby” two years ago, he took over New York’s Pace Gallery and rapped the song for six straight hours rapping directly into the faces of each of the cultural dignitaries who were there to witness it. One of those dignitaries was the Serbian performance artist Marina Abramović,… More »

By: Tom Breihan / May 19, 2015 - 4:18 pm

Watch Jay Z’s First Tidal B-Sides Concert In Full

So far only bits and pieces of Jay Z’s B-sides concerts for Tidal subscribers have trickled online, including a much-publicized freestyle in which he took aim at Tidal’s streaming music competitors. But now Saturday’s event from NYC’s Terminal 5, the first of two nights, has appeared online in full. Watch it below. More »

By: Chris DeVille / May 18, 2015 - 4:19 pm

Watch Jay Z Diss Apple, Youtube, & Spotify During Freestyle At NYC B-Sides Concert

Last night, Jay Z held the first of two B-sides concerts at Terminal 5 in New York City, which was exclusively attended by Tidal subscribers, and could be livestreamed via the service. Towards the beginning of an extensive set, Jay took a moment to do a rare freestyle. In it, he dissed all of hi… More »

By: James Rettig / May 17, 2015 - 10:49 am

Prince’s “Rally 4 Peace” Baltimore Concert Will Stream On Tidal, But You Don’t Have To Subscribe

Jay Z’s music and video streaming service Tidal has not proved to be very popular so far. However, their latest move seems to be a step in the right direction: The service will stream Prince’s Mother’s Day “Rally 4 Peace” for free, or “pre-pay wall” as they put it in a press release. More »

By: Caitlin White / May 8, 2015 - 12:00 pm

Noel Gallagher Has Some Dependably Amusing Thoughts About Tidal, Zayn Malik

In his latest Rolling Stone interview, Noel Gallagher offered typically entertaining commentary about some of the year’s biggest music stories. For instance, the former Oasis guitarist thinks it’s silly that Zayn Malik left One Direction to live a “normal” 22-year-old lifestyle, but he’s fond of Malik’s ex-bandmate Harry Styles:… More »

By: Chris DeVille / May 5, 2015 - 2:02 pm

Tidal Exec Clarifies Jay Z Tweet: “75% Royalty Rate” To Artists Mostly Goes To Labels

Ever since its loud, hubristic launch event a month ago, Jay Z’s new streaming service Tidal has been in damage-control mode, with the company doing everything it can to avoid being seen as a vanity project from a bunch of millionaire pop stars. As part of that effort, Jay jumped on Twitter last weekend to… More »

By: Tom Breihan / April 30, 2015 - 9:55 am

Jay Z Announces B-Sides Concert For Tidal Subscribers

In yet another move to entice people to join/stick with Tidal, Jay Z has announced that he will perform a free concert in New York on 5/13 for subscribers only. For a chance to attend the “Jaÿ-Z B-Sides” event, eighteen-years-or-older Tidal users have to share a Tidal playlist via Twitter with the hashtag #TIDALXJAYZ. Jay… More »

By: James Rettig / April 29, 2015 - 8:28 am

Jay Z Defends Tidal On Twitter

Jay Z took to Twitter earlier today to defend his much-maligned and superfluous new streaming service. “Tidal is doing just fine,” her reassures, and then sets up the millionaire’s club as the underdogs and says that the service is a victim of “big companies that are spending millions on a smear campaign.” He also finally… More »

By: James Rettig / April 26, 2015 - 1:43 pm

Beyoncé And Jay Z Album Coming To Tidal, Says DJ Skee

Tidal arrived on the scene as a lost cause, and it doesn’t look like it’s getting any better. They’ve failed to gain traction with users, and have resorted to gimmicky marketing tactics to hold onto the ones they have. The only thing that Tidal really has going for it is the promise of exclusives from… More »

By: James Rettig / April 23, 2015 - 8:54 am

Jay Z And Jack White Personally Calling Tidal Users To Say Thanks

Jay Z’s streaming music service, Tidal, has been subject to lots of criticism here and around the music industry. And while we can’t imagine anyone subscribing to the service just for exclusives that always end up leaking, somebody out there is using it. Business Insider reports that Jay Z has been calling these people to… More »

By: Chris DeVille / April 17, 2015 - 10:17 am

Jay Z – “Glory” Video

Earlier today Jay Z shared the video for the Blue Ivy-inspired 2012 track “Glory” on his new streaming platform Tidal, and now a version for the non-subscribers among us has surfaced. The clip shows Jay Z rehearsing for his Carnegie Hall performance back in 2012 — Alicia Keys and Nas make cameos. Once again, thi… More »

By: Caitlin White / April 16, 2015 - 5:23 pm

Ben Gibbard Thinks Tidal Is Dumb, Too

Death Cab For Cutie put out a new record this year, Ben Gibbard’s post-divorce effort Kintsugi, so perhaps that’s why he’s newly concerned about the future of streaming in the music industry. Following the roll-out of Tidal — Jay-Z’s superstar-sponsored effort to enter the music streaming world — several musicians not included on the cool… More »

By: Caitlin White / April 14, 2015 - 11:59 am

Jay Z Pulls Reasonable Doubt Off Spotify

Reasonable Doubt, Jay Z’s all-time classic debut album, has been removed from Spotify. Jay’s camp hasn’t provided official word as to why the record was removed, but given that it disappeared from Spotify just a week after Jay and his famous friends relaunched Tidal, it seems like he might be trying to force his fa… More »

By: Chris DeVille / April 6, 2015 - 10:54 am
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