It seems like Jay Z and his new artist-owned streaming service TIDAL just can’t catch a break.
Rapper 50 Cent is the latest, among many other musicians, to bring the revelation to light that the service itself might be questionable.
Although the $9.99 per month streaming service isn’t exactly asking for an arm and a leg, 50 Cent makes a solid point about the same music being made available, for free, on a variety of different platforms. So why should people pay a monthly rate to listen to music they can stream for free elsewhere?
“They probably could’ve did something more exciting if they reached out, because the people you saw there don’t even own the rights to their music,” he said. “So they can’t say it’s gonna come out of Tidal. It has to go everywhere. The companies have contracts, and companies are gonna do everything to get the maximum performance out of the music, he added. They’re not going to just put it through Tidal as a service.”
But 50 Cent isn’t the only artist to call out TIDAL. Frontman, Ben Gibbard, of the alternative rock band Death Cab For Cutie had some constructive criticism to add about TIDAL’s initial debut back in March.
“I think they totally blew it by bringing out a bunch of millionaires and billionaires and propping them up onstage and then having them all complain about not being paid. That’s why this thing is going to fail miserably.”
Needless to say, TIDAL is receiving a lot of backlash. Surprisingly, that backlash is coming from other artists more so than consumers. But hey, it’s all up to the public how they wish to proceed in choosing their music streaming outlets.
But I think we know quite well what the public would choose. Sorry Jay Z.