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Back in spring 2014, when Sam Smith was beginning his climb from angel-voiced Disclosure collaborator to world-conquering superstar, I worried about the direction his career might take. Noting the distinct lack of star power emanating from Smith at the time, I compared him to Rick Astley (fair) and Susan Boyle (cruel) and wrote, “He i… More »

Who knew a tweet from Weezy last December would unfold into the ugly soap opera that is Lil Wayne vs. Birdman? After nine months, three lawsuits, three spinoff dramas, direct verbal shots, social media shots, subliminal lyrical shots, actual gunshots, a hurled drink, two mixtapes, and an album, here we are. More »

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 »

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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…
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 the…
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,…
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…
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…
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…
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 wa…
Chris DeVille | April 6, 2015 - 10:54 am

Watch Beyoncé Debut “Die With You” In A Home Movie Shot By Jay Z

Beyoncé debuted a new song earlier today exclusively via Jay Z's preposterous Tidal streaming service. Of course, some generous soul has uploaded it to Youtube…
James Rettig | April 4, 2015 - 6:58 pm

Behold The Half-Assed Hubris Of Tidal

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
Michael Nelson | March 31, 2015 - 12:58 pm

Tidal Owners Including Jay Z, Arcade Fire, Daft Punk, Kanye West, Jack White, & Madonna Share The Stage At Launch Event

Jay Z bought the Swedish company Aspiro's streaming music service Tidal less than a month ago, but that didn't stop him from rolling out hi…
Chris DeVille | March 30, 2015 - 5:27 pm

The Haxan Cloak Says Jay Z’s Tidal Promo Ripped Him Off

Last night Jay Z began the rollout for his new streaming service, Tidal, but the campaign seems to have already hit a snag. Tri Angle…
Caitlin White | March 30, 2015 - 3:18 pm

See Jack White, Daft Punk, Kanye West, Madonna, & More Looking Serious In A Promo For Jay Z’s Tidal

Jay Z is not playing with his big rollout of the streaming service Tidal. After many big stars tweeted their support last night, those same…
Tom Breihan | March 30, 2015 - 12:15 pm

Jay Z’s Tidal Streaming Service Launches With Blue Avatars From Kanye West, Arcade Fire, Daft Punk, Third Man, & Others

Jay Z wants you to know that Tidal, the Scandinavian high-fidelity streaming service that he bought earlier this month, is a big deal. So he…
Tom Breihan | March 30, 2015 - 9:06 am

Third Man Records Releasing Jay Z’s Magna Carta Holy Grail As Limited Edition Vinyl Box Set

Jay Z previously said that Jack White's Third Man Records would be releasing his 2013 record Magna Carta Holy Grail on vinyl. Then nothing happened…
Caitlin White | March 18, 2015 - 12:27 pm

The-Dream Explains How Jay Z’s “Holy Grail” Inspired Half Of Watch The Throne

Super-producer The-Dream is the latest artist to be recruited by Genius to annotate some of his biggest hits. His list of annotations is pretty extensive,…
James Rettig | March 17, 2015 - 10:59 am

Jay Z Is Becoming A Streaming Mogul After All

Last week we learned that Jay Z’s attempt to buy the Swedish music streaming service Aspiro was blocked by minority stakeholders. His future as the…
Chris DeVille | March 11, 2015 - 5:25 pm

Jay Electronica – “Road To Perdition”

The always-elusive underground rap star Jay Electronica may never get around to releasing an album, but that means it feels like an event every time…
Tom Breihan | March 6, 2015 - 11:00 am

Jay Z’s Attempt To Become A Music Streaming Magnate Hits A Snag

Back in January, we learned that Jay Z -- or, anyway, Project Panther, a company owned by Jay's S. Carter Enterprises -- had put in
Tom Breihan | March 4, 2015 - 2:33 pm

Watch Kanye West’s Performance At The Inaugural Roc City Classic NBA All-Star Event

Earlier tonight, Kanye West performed at the inaugural Roc City Classic NBA All-Star Event in New York City. The pre-show featured an appearance from Oklahoma…
James Rettig | February 12, 2015 - 7:59 pm
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