Jay-Z doesn't tweet much, but when he does you better listen.
Infrequent tweeter Jay-Z took to Twitter on Sunday to drop a few #TidalFacts about his streaming service. The mogul has been forced to defend the service, which was launched last month, against those who have already branded it a ‘flop’.
Jay-Z relaunched Tidal last month.
‘Stream of consciousness coming in 5, 4, 3, 2… #TidalFacts’, Jay began his Twitter tirade. Before telling followers, ‘Tidal is doing just fine. 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,’ the rapper continued. ‘We are here for the long haul. Please give us a chance to grow & get better.’
Mr Carter then went on to accuse other companies of trying to ‘smear’ the service, which he claims is ‘pro fan’. ‘There are many big companies that are spending millions on a smear campaign. We are not anti-anyone, we are pro-artist & fan.’
‘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. #TidalFacts’.
The rapper then tried to assure any sceptics that Tidal benefits all artists and not just Jay-Z and his fellow high profile backers. “Indie artists who want to work directly w/ us keep 100% of their music.Tidal pays 75% royalty rate to ALL artists, writers and producers - not just the founding members on stage’, he tweeted.
‘Rich getting richer? Equity values... YouTube $390 billion. Apple $760 billion. Spotify $8 billion. Tidal $60 million. We have Tidal X - it supports artists by giving them a platform to connect with their most loyal fans. Tidal is for all.’
Jay ended his series of #TidalFacts by adding, ‘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… We are human (even Daft Punk ha). We aren't perfect - but we are determined.’
Tidal was relaunched by Jay-Z with much fanfare last month and has since been a controversial topic within the music world. Despite initial buzz the service has suffered from a severe drop in downloads for the Tidal app, which is no longer one of the Apple store’s top 50 most downloaded applications.
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