On Monday afternoon, Jay-Z and a host of other famous musicians (Kanye, Beyonce, Daft Punk, Madonna, Jack White, Chris Martin, Jason Aldean, Alicia Keys, members of Arcade Fire, Rihanna and more) introduced their new artist-owned streaming service, Tidal at a press conference in New York City. The press conference didn’t give much information that wasn’t already out there, with the group re-affirming their dedication to “re-establish the value of music” and “create a better experience for both fans and artists.”
So what sets Tidal apart from other streaming services? First and foremost, the emphasis seems to be on the artists themselves, giving them more direct control over their content. Many of the artists involved have spoken out against how free streaming services such as Spotify pay artists, and though Tidal offers a free 30-day trial, users have to pay to keep a subscription—either $9.99/month or $19.99/month—which will allow Tidal to pay artists double the standard streaming royalties. The more expensive of the two offers higher sound quality than the usual compressed format, which is apparently one of the other things that sets Tidal apart from other streaming services. It will also offer hi-def videos and “expertly curated” editorial and playlists.
A lot of high-profile musicians have expressed support for the service, but it remains to be seen whether record companies (which, as The New York Times points out, often control music distribution rights) and fans will get on board. Discuss
For those who have screeched into a McDonald’s at 10:35 am, yearning for a combination of egg, sausage and fast-food biscuit, only to find out it would be another 24-hours before your cravings could be satisfied, we have good news: Your cries have been heard. Your suffering is not in vain. Starting this fall, McDonalds will start testing all-day breakfast service in select locations. Though the handful of restaurants experimenting with 24/7 Egg McMuffins are only in the San Diego area, the move is the first sign that the round-the-clock breakfast revolution is upon us ... Discuss
This afternoon (at 5:00 pm), Jay-Z will announce the details of his relaunch of the streaming music service Tidal, but he’s already got the support of some very high-profile fellow artist. A video tweeted out this morning shows that Jack White, Beyonce, Kanye West, Daft Punk, Arcade Fire, Usher, Madonna and Chris Martin are among the artists evidently involved in the #TIDALforALL campaign. A handful of major artists have also changed their profile pictures to Tidal-blue squares as part of the launch day promotion.
Though details about what will differentiate Tidal from streaming competitors like Spotify are still yet to be announced, Jay Z has said that it represents “a commitment to a new direction for the music industry from both a creative and business perspective.” This likely means better compensation for artists, which has been a point of contention for Spotify— Tidal currently doesn’t have a free trial like Pandora or Spotify ... Discuss
The organizers of two of the summer’s biggest music festivals would like you to know that selfie sticks are not welcomed on their concert grounds. Lollapalooza and Coachella have officially banned attendees from bringing the ridiculous looking reach-extenders used to take pictures of yourself, or as this year’s Coachella Rules and Policies reads, "no selfie sticks/narcissistics." Thankfully, at most festivals, those hilarious giant head cutouts on a stick, are still fair game ... Discuss
Here’s the latest TV commercial for the upcoming action blockbuster Jurassic World. As good as the reboot starring Chris Pratt looks, we’d still rather spend two hours watching the Andy Dwyer version, Jurassic Parks and Recreation ... Discuss
This weekend, the first teaser trailer for the upcoming James Bond movie Spectre dropped, and things are taking a creepy turn for the super spy. The follow-up to 2012’s acclaimed Skyfall sees Daniel Craig’s 007 squaring off with Ian Fleming’s most notorious criminal creation, SPECTRE, and hunting his own dark secrets. The latest in the James Bond franchise hits theaters in November ... Discuss