Today marks the launch of Jay Z‘s new streaming service Tidal. Tidal offers the ability to stream both music and videos, unlike its adversary Spotify.
Many artists have already joined the music titian in the fight of making streaming profitable for all. Rihanna, Beyonce, Nicki Minaj, Kanye West, Calvin Harris, Madonna, Usher, Daft Punk and more have already joined the movement.
One star that surprisingly joined the movement was Taylor Swift. This is a surprising move on her part considering that she yanked her entire discography down from Spotify last October – citing Spotify and services like it as the reason why music sales are dwindling. The star also pointed out that artists receive less than one cent per streamed song, she also claimed this type of free accessibility lessens the value we as a society place on music.
However, the payment metrics taken on by Tidal will provide artists with an opportunity to make a profit from the music they’ve created. Tidal uses two month-to-month payment options, the ten dollar option grants you access to music video, expertly curated editorial, and music of standard sound quality. The twenty dollar option grants you the same experience, however your sound quality is upgraded to High Fidelty.
Check out Tidal’s promotional video below!
Will you be signing up? Let us know in the comments below
Fresh from his twitter rant bashing his record label, Tyga is yet again making headlines. And this time, it’s not because he’s rumored to be dating the youngest Kardashian sister, Kylie Jenner. But, because in his last effort to separate himself from the label he’s taken aim at label-mates Nicki and Drake.
The Star went on to tell Vibe, “Yeah, I’m tryna’ go independent. I don’t really get along with Drake. I don’t really get along with Nicki Minaj“, but, that’s not all he said. He went on to tell the magazine, “I don’t like Drake as a person. He’s just fake to me. I like his music; you know what I’m saying? I think his music is good, but we’re all different people. We were forced together and it was kinda’ like we were forcing relationships together. It is what it is. But I been friends with Chris Brown for like six years. That’s my real genuine friend. We hang out all the time. He lives up the street from me, so we don’t just do music we hang.”
The question that everyone has been asking is, “Why now”? Why did he he just now decide that since he’s leaving the label chose to air out that fact he doesn’t like Drake or Nicki Minaj. In fact, he was just the opening act for her world wide arena tour along with Misha B.
Just a few months ago he was partying with the star and shot a video with her and Young Money CEO Lil Wayne.
Why pretend to like them? There are plenty of artist that are on the same label but won’t do songs together because of personal differences. Tyga, the fact you’ve pretended to like them pretty convincingly, makes you almost as “fake” as Drake doesn’t it?
Besides, we all know who the true breadwinners for Young Money Are…
*You can’t sit with us*
In honor of Throwback Thursday, Azealila Banks wanted to remind us how she earned the small amount of buzz she does have — by engaging in another twitter rant of course.
The rapper went on to say that she is “The Best Female In Hip-Hop” while suggesting that she could produce rhymes that could also dominate her male counter-parts.
The soon to be “has been” went on to explain that this new batch of female rappers are still doing the “post-nicki minaj thing”, while she has “her own voice” — thus making her somehow “better” than the rest.
These claims come from a female MC whose buzz died down following her “2011” single ‘212‘.
‘212‘ remains the best selling and most talked about track from the MC, yet the track didn’t crack the Billboard Hot 100.
Her EP ‘1991‘ never made any impact on the charts either, the sales are floating somewhere around 29K — to date. These sales are abysmal, considering she had one of the most buzzed about singles of 2011 — not to mention the video for ‘212‘ garnered over 60M views.
So, what happened?
The main reason why Azealia’s career has been at a standstill is because of her none stop twitter beefs. The rookie has beefed with the likes of: Rita Ora, Kreyshawn, Lady Gaga, Perez Hilton, Angel Haze, Iggy Azalea, Lil Kim, Nicki Minaj, Pharrell and most recently her own label “Universal“.
Banks‘ is the child in the supermarket throwing temper tantrums until she gets what she wants — her tantrums just happen to appear all over twitter.
She wants our attention, but it seems as if Azealia wants the attention of reigning rap Queen Nicki Minaj even more. But, Nicki won’t even acknowledge her presence.
During their supposed “twitter beef” Nicki never spoke her name, she refused to be used as a pun in Azealia‘s quest to relevancy. She merely tweeted “Man these bitches delirious” (Lyrics from her song Come On A Cone).
In Azealia‘s defense, she is one of the few new female rappers who hasn’t tried to tailor her career path based on Nicki‘s success. But, has she produced any music worthy of the title “Best Female in Hip-Hop”?
Azealia hasn’t produced anything that surpasses any Nicki mixtape or her debut album ‘Pink Friday’.
The fading star has yet to even craft a single better than her closest competitor Iggy Azalea — Iggy‘s ‘Work‘ demolishes every effort put forth by Banks.
Honestly, until Azealia can produce something that surpasses “Beam Me Up Scotty” her ballad for the crown of female hip-hop can’t even be taken seriously.
I’m going to give Bit*** a time to shine then tell em good riddance! – Nicki Minaj
From the moment I turned on the Re-Up, I knew it’s production would far surpass that of ‘Roman Reloaded‘.
From lyrics, production and the flowing of the tracks, everything was new and improved. Overall, the disc seem to be less rushed than ‘Reloaded‘.
As a fan of hip-hop I would have to say that this album was definitely underrated.
The bars Minaj spit in ‘Up In Flames’, showed she was back with a vengeance and had something to prove. The track swiping back at her
haters critics that once called her a Pop act.
Although better than ‘Reloaded’ what ‘The Re-Up’ lacked was potential hits.
‘Freedom’ being somewhat too slow to be played on POP stations and not urban enough to be fully supported by urban radio. The single was doomed from the start.
Although, lyrically better than most songs played on urban radio today, the slow-fulness of the song hindered the song from impacting the charts.
Then we have ‘The Boys‘, which also should have not been placed as a single. ‘The Boys‘ was the only song I was not pleased with.
It could have been the obnoxious and over auto tuned voice of Cassie or the vagueness of the lyrics itself. Unlike ‘Freedom‘, ‘The Boys‘ had no true message to give to listeners which may have turned many of them away.
Honestly, Minaj should have sang the hook herself, it would have sounded a lot better.
The video used for the single was dope to say the least! Many watched the video and failed to purchase the song or request it on radio.
Overall, this was a good re-release. I would give it 6/10. Better than Reloaded but not better than the original ‘Pink Friday’.
Highlights: Up In Flames, Freedom, High School, Va Va Voom
Least Favorite: The Boys
Before Releasing The Third Album:
1.Lyrical Content: She needs to start rapping with a purpose again. She need to tell her story rather than rapping about WINNING and these bitches being her sons! Nicki, We need something New, Amazing and Fresh!
2. Choosing the Right Singles: She needs to research radio more. She needs to choose singles that radio will support, instead of picking fan favorites. Fans are only going to buy so much after already purchasing the album, she needs to grab the casual listener.
Album Promotion: She needs to roll-out a full on marketing campaign for this next album. You can’t have a great album and no promotion, nor can you create a marketing that will convince the public to buy a crappy album — they go hand-and-hand. She also needs to stop waiting until the last minute to promote the album. With Roman Reloaded she waited until the week of release to promote, with “The Re-Up” the promo machine was even messier — basically promoting everything in one day (hence why in almost all the interviews she did for it, she had on the same outfit).
A album takes time to promote, she needs to get the wheels churning and start promoting at least a month in advance, and then kick her promotion into overdrive the week of release.
Single Promotion: Nicki hasn’t fully promoted a single since ‘Starships‘. Tweeting on twitter isn’t enough! She needs to go and perform those singles as often as possible.
4. Dope Album Cover: Packaging is EVERYTHING! Roman Reloaded nor the Re-Up covers did their respective albums justice. She needs to grab GL Wood again, or some other professional photographer.
5. Get Rid Of The Yes People: It seems as if Nicki has let a lot of yes people inside her camp. She needs people who will tell her the truth and not just what she wants to hear.
IF Onika does this, her third album could easily top Pink Friday‘s first week and overall sales. One, she’s a more established artist, she just needs an album that identifies with not just her fans but also the casual listener.
With ‘Roman Reloaded‘ she alienated the rest of the world by only focusing on her core fans, if an artist expects to sale they can’t focus on only one demographic.
If these things are done she will return to her former glory on the charts, the same charts that seen her have 7 singles chart at once.
Celebrate the One Year Anniversary of ‘The Re-Up‘ by watching the video for freedom below.