Jay-Z and Beyoncé have reportedly purchased a church in New Orleans.
The married couple – who are rumoured to be working on a joint album together – have bought a former Presbyterian church in the US city, according to Entertainment Tonight. They are thought to have spent £1.6 million ($2.6 million) on the 22-room, 13,292 square-foot property.
Beyoncé’s sister Solange already owns a house in New Orleans, holding her wedding in the city last year. Jay Z and Solange were infamously involved in a heated dispute in a lift in May 2014.
Earlier this year, Jay Z launched his new streaming service Tidal with a star-studded New York event alongside Kanye West, Madonna, Nicki Minaj, Jack White, Coldplay, Arcade Fire, Rihanna, Daft Punk, Calvin Harris, Usher, Deadmau5 and Beyoncé, among others. Many of the music world’s biggest stars have recently offered up various exclusive releases via the service.
Tidal has since found itself a target of criticism, however, with the likes of Mumford & Sons, Steve Albini, Lily Allen and Ben Gibbard all 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 in April 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.”