Jay Z Defends Tidal: ‘We Aren’t Perfect — But We Are Determined’

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Amid skepticism and criticism surrounding Tidal, Jay Z took to Twitter to defend his streaming service in a “stream of consciousness” posted on Sunday.

“Tidal is doing just fine,” he wrote. “We have over 770,000 subs. We have been in business less than one month.”

“The iTunes Store wasn’t built in a day. It took Spotify 9 years to be successful,” he went on. “We are here for the long haul. Please give us a chance to grow & get better.”

Jay Z continued to espouse the value of the service, touting the benefits for musicians and the exclusive content for fans, while talking about its business model compared to its competitors.

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Tidal was launched about a month ago with star-powered support, including Beyonce, Kanye West, Chris Martin of Coldplay, Nick Minaj, Madonna, Rihanna, Usher and more.

It has already made plenty of waves since its launch, though perhaps not for the most desirable reasons. Tidal CEO Andy Chen left the company about two weeks ago as reports of layoffs surfaced, with Peter Tonstad coming in as interim CEO.

Reports read that 25 employees were laid off, but Tidal has since said that “less than half” that number will be let go.

Complaints have also been raised about the user interface of the service and the cost. Pricing for the ad-free streaming service is $9.99 per month for the standard-audio version and $19.99 per month for the hi-def audio version.

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  1. lowjack says:

    Of course this guy is going to be jumping up and down. People aren t stupid. They can see right through this total greed and disrespect for fans of good music and this has spoilt his plan. This is nothing but a greedy money grab intended to milk fans dry while these so called pioneers pat themselves on the back in some VIP lounge. Only someone very naive would sign up for this sevice. You know it s something to avoid when you see Nicki Minaj up there trying to promote it. This is someone who says she ‘must’ make 500 million dollars to be a ‘role’ model for female artists everywhere.
    As if she cares about any female artist or anything but her own pocket

  2. Jonny Zoom says:

    NO TALENT BIG UGLY FAT HEAD THUG! IF HIS STUPID COMPANY MAKES CRAP RAP POOP
    CRAP LIKE HIM AND HIS WIFE AND THE CRAP CALLED ‘MUSIC’ FOR THE LAST DECADE
    THEN I HOPE HE GOES BANKRUPT! I HOPE HE GOES BANKRUPT ANYWAY! NO TALENT THUG.

  3. Some uneducated comments on this page already. “Thieves” apparently are the artists now, while the heroes must be the billionaire labels and producers ripping off artists daily. Yeah- thieves indeed *facepalm*

  4. They need to get their $hit together. I signed up for Tidal through a site called SwagBucks as part of getting extra points. I had a week or month free if Tidal. I canceled Tidal as soon as my swagbuck points were credited to my account. Well next thing I know they charge my PayPal account. Even though I canceled already. It took me 2 weeks to get through someone that would answer me back. And then they had the nerve to get an attitude with me and say I never canceled so I was getting no refund. I had email proof of my cancelation. After threatening to blast all over social media sites about my issue they finally let up and refunded me.

  5. If a single is going to be a freight broker (not a freight broker agent) they should obtain their Authority, BOC-3, UCR,
    and $10,000 bond.

  6. David K says:

    an overreach by these millionaires and a guaranteed bomb. I’ll stick with Spotify or Google Play

  7. Guest says:

    Why should anyone support Tidal and its gang of thieves?

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