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“We’re not a pop band.” When frontman Matthew Healy utters those words at the outset of the 1975’s sleek, dolled-up “Girls” video, we’re to take it as a joke. He doth protest too much, we think, knowing full well what sort of luxuriantly glossy neon guitar music his band specializes in. Never mind the bollocks,… More »

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 is… 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 »

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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…
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,…
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…
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…
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…
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…
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…
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 was…
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

The Week In Pop: Roast Aside, Justin Bieber Might Secretly Be On The Right Track

The Roast Of Justin Bieber was tough to sit through -- almost as tough as the transition from teen idol to grownup pop star Bieber…
Chris DeVille | April 2, 2015 - 1:07 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 his…
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
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