Jay Z to play free show in New York for Tidal subscribers only

The concert will see the rapper performing rare tracks from his back-catalogue

Jay-Z has announced details of an upcoming gig in New York, exclusively for users of his Tidal streaming service.

Having bought the company earlier this year, the rapper launched Tidal in March at a star-studded New York event that featured appearances from Kanye West, Madonna, Nicki Minaj, Jack White, Coldplay, Arcade Fire, Rihanna, Daft Punk, Calvin Harris, Usher, Deadmau5 and Beyoncé, among others.

Now, Jay Z will play a show on May 13 at a yet unannounced New York venue. The ‘Tidal X: Jaÿ-Z B-Sides’ concert will see the rapper performing rare tracks from his back-catalogue. Tickets can be won by users submitting a playlist via the app.

Tidal’s intent, Jay Z has previously claimed, is to give artists a fairer share of revenue than other streaming options, such as Spotify. However, Tidal has found itself as a target of criticism, with the likes of Mumford & Sons, Steve Albini, Lily Allen and Ben Gibbard recently sharing their views on the matter. Their criticisms included suggestions that its model will only favour mainstream acts, and that it’s little more than a vanity project.

Following the criticism, the rapper took to Twitter to defend Tidal, claiming that “big companies” are “spending millions on a smear campaign” against it. Jay Z wrote: “We are here for the long haul. Please give us a chance to grow & get better… We made Tidal for fans. We have more than just music. We have video, exclusive concerts, tickets for events early, live sports… Tidal is where artists can give their fans more without the middlemen.”

He added, “Tidal pays 75% royalty rate to ALL artists, writers and producers – not just the founding members on stage… Our actions will speak louder than words. We made Tidal to bring people the best experiences… and to help artists give that to their fans over and over again.”
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