Tidal boss Jay Z has reason to celebrate: his music streaming service Tidal, which purports to offer a fairer deal to artists than its rivals, has apparently amassed a million users since March. So he held a huge concert at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York, with proceeds going to the New World Foundation. And Hova really knows how pull in the A-list acts…
Jay Z hosted the event, which was intended to big up the service in spite of bad press surrounding a March launch event that detractors (including Noel Gallagher) decried as pompous and grandiose.
Hova duetted with wife Beyonce for a rendition of ‘Holy Grail’, a song Bey claimed was their “favourite” to play live together.
Nicki Minaj was flanked by backing dancers and shrouded in pink smoke as she launched the performance of her and Beyonce’s risqué hit ‘Feeling Myself’.
Beyonce and Nicki Minaj’s confrontational, immaculately rehearsed duet was widely reported as the highlight of the show.
Jay Z seemed to determined to prove that Tidal has been a success and so packed the stage with stars such as Rick Ross. “We raised a lot of money but we having a good time though” he yelled, before imploring the crowd to clap along as he introduced Ross for their song ‘Fuck With Me You Know I Got It’.
New Orleans blues rock singer-songwriter Benjamin Booker was one the lesser-known artists Jay Z invited onstage to demonstrate Tidal’s diversity of acts.
Meek Mill and Rick Ross were clearly chuffed that the concert raised an estimate $1m for charity.
Do you reckon Rick Ross is whispering to Meek Mill that he’s more of a Spotify man?
Usher, Nas and Bibi Bourelly performed their new collaboration ‘Chains’, which addresses recent instances of police brutality committed against black Americans. Usher was wearing handcuffs at the start of the perform but burst of out them mid-song.
The all-star line-up also included up-and-coming acts such as the Chicago rapper Vic Mensa.
The emphasis was on hip-hop but pop star Nick Jonas got a look in too.
Veteran rapper Fabolous build excitement for the show by posting pictures of the line-up beforehand.