Music streaming service has been widely criticised since its launch
Beyonce and Jay Z are to release a joint album exclusively though Tidal.
That’s according to Fuse host DJ Skee, who claims the long-rumoured record is close to completion and will come out via Jay’s recently acquired music streaming service.
The rapper bought Tidal for $56 million (£37.24m) in March, appearing at the launch event alongside the likes of Kanye West, Madonna, Nicki Minaj, Jack White, Coldplay, Arcade Fire, Rihanna, Daft Punk, Calvin Harris, Usher, Deadmau5 and Beyonce herself.
All those present signed Tidal’s charter, following a speech made by Alicia Keys, in which she stated: “Our goal is simple – we want to create a better service and experience for the user and the artist”.
But it’s been a rocky start for Tidal. This week it was revealed that the software has dropped out of the top 700 apps downloaded from the iTunes Store, while Spotify, Beats Music and Pandora had seen the number of downloads substantially increase.
Recent reports claim that Jay has been personally calling new subscribers to the service, as has Jack White. The company also parted ways with its chief executive, Andy Chen, who was the CEO of Tidal’s parent company Aspiro when it was purchased by Jay in March. He has been replaced by former CEO Peter Tonstad.
Meanwhile, Steve Albini called Tidal a “budget version of Pono”, referring to Neil Young’s high-definition music player, while Death Cab For Cutie’s frontman Ben Gibbard complained that the launch event “was a wonderful opportunity squandered” and instead of highlighting emerging or struggling musicians, saw a “bunch of millionaires and billionaires” onstage “complaining about not being paid”.
Gibbard’s comments echo that of Mumford & Sons, who recently said that they “wouldn’t have joined [Tidal] even if they had asked” due its bias towards popular artists.
Lily Allen also criticised Tidal. Allen said earlier in April: “I love Jay Z so much, but Tidal is [so] expensive compared to other perfectly good streaming services… He’s taken the biggest artists and made them exclusive to Tidal… people are going to swarm back to pirate sites in droves sending traffic to torrent sites.”