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Jay Z Is Personally Calling Tidal Subscribers To Say “Thank You”

April 17th, 2015 - By Lauren R.D. Fox
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The launch of Tidal has received mixed reviews. However one thing if for certain, it has allowed fans to gain a more intimate look inside the lives of their favorite artists. The latest streaming service gives fans access to personal videos and songs. Therefore, it’s no surprise Jay Z is personally calling Tidal subscribers to thank them for their membership.

On the heels of releasing a video for his heart-warming song, “Glory,” Business Insider UK  confirmed with Tidal executive Vania Schlogel that Jay Z along with a few other musicians have personally called to chat with subscribers. Schlogel also revealed that Jay Z is “deeply involved and the reason being is because this is a life project for him.” He works on the site every day, helping improve it, says Schlogel.

Since the launch of Tidal, its shares have continued to grow to the point that Nasdaq OMX Stockholm exchange had to halt trades because it appeared investors where rushing to trade funds once they saw the caliber of celebrities (Daft Punk, Kanye West, Rihanna, Beyoncé) who were investing in the business.

“In what appeared to reflect investors clamoring too late for a piece of Aspiro’s music streaming service Tidal, the shares were up 938 percent at 11 Swedish crowns ($1.27 US) just before trading was halted,” reports Reuters.

Still a number of artists and prospective customers haven’t been thrilled with the service.

Separate but related, we have word today that some reorganization is taking place at the company with the CEO of Aspiro, Andy Chen, leaving the company,” the company said in a statement.

But back to the matter at hand: Are you a Tidal member? Thoughts?

via Hip Hop Wired 

Jay Z Releases New Video For The Song He Penned For Blue Ivy, “Glory”

April 17th, 2015 - By Veronica Wells
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Three years ago, when Blue Ivy was born, Jay Z released the song he dedicated to her, “Glory.” You may remember it featured her crying on the track and Blue, at just five days old, became the youngest person to appear on the Billboard charts. She beat out Stevie Wonder’s daughter Aisha Morris. With  heartfelt lyrics that gave us a glimpse into the very personal lives of Jay Z and Beyoncé, the song is nothing short of beautiful.

Well now that Tidal is out and available to the masses, for a small fee, Jay Z’s used the service to release a video for the song. The clip features scenes of Jay Z’s concert at Carnegie Hall, where he first performed the song. In it, you can see him rehearsing the song from a seated position with a full orchestra.

Familiar faces like Alicia Keys, Nas and Questlove are also seen in the video as Jay Z passes around pictures of his newborn daughter at the time.

It’s pretty adorable.

Check it out in the video below.

Oh Na Na, What’s My Name? 15 Of The Best Music Videos By Rihanna

April 17th, 2015 - By Desiree Bowie
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Rihanna has decided to quench the thirst of Navy fans by releasing her latest video for the song “American Oxygen” to the masses.

Rihanna’s videos are always fresh to death. She takes big chances and is not afraid to twerk it out in a jean thong to get her point across: she’s the baddest gyal. Never forget it!

Let’s revisit 15 of Rihanna’s hottest music videos while we impatiently wait for the release of R8.

Can I Get A…Shares Of Jay Z’s Tidal Up 938%; Stockholm Exchange Stops Trading

April 1st, 2015 - By Ann Brown
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Jay Z caused the Stockholm exchange to come to a stop–kind of. The launch of his streaming music company Tidal (owned in partnership with lots of other big-name artists) pushed the stock price for the parent company Aspiro up a whopping 938 percent on Tuesday as investors scrambled for shares.

Earlier this year, Jay Z finalized a deal to buy a majority of Aspiro for $54 million. But it seems many investors didn’t take notice until the recent star-studded press conference to announce the debut of Tidal, which was attended by the likes of Beyonce, Madonna, Rhianna, Kanye West.

This spike in shares caused major havoc. In fact, the surge caused the Nasdaq OMX Stockholm exchange to halt trading on the stock.

“In what appeared to reflect investors clamoring too late for a piece of Aspiro’s music streaming service Tidal, the shares were up 938 percent at 11 Swedish crowns ($1.27 US) just before trading was halted,” reports Reuters.

At least some folks are excited about the service, even if Twitter’s feelings on it are mixed at best.

Flossin': Bey and Blue Stunt For The Gram

April 1st, 2015 - By Veronica Wells
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Now that Blue Ivy has gotten a little bit older, and Beyoncé has gotten a bit more comfortable, we’re seeing quite a bit of the little one these days. And since she’s so adorable, we’re here for it. Blue makes appearances at award shows and every once in a while pops up on her mother’s Instagram, like this morning.

Bey posted this short little video of she and her baby girl flossin’. And I don’t mean in the figurative sense. The two are engaging in a little dental hygiene while a song, that seems to feature Daddy Jay’s voice, plays in the background.

Wonder if this is a new song? Hmmm…

But more importantly, peep Blue’s tiny deuces! So adorable!!

Either way, check out the cute, little video below.

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UPDATE: We Know Jay Z, Beyonce, Nicki, Rihanna, & More Are Part Owners Of Tidal, But Not Much Else

March 30th, 2015 - By Ann Brown
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UPDATE: The livestream press conference for Tidal just wrapped up and while we know there is a long list of famous owners, there weren’t any other details disclosed about the service.

Alicia Keys, Beyonce, Kanye, Jay Z, Rihanna, Usher, Nicki Minaj, Usher, Jay Cole, Daft Punk, Jack White, Madonna, members of the band Arcade Fire, country singer Jason Aldean, and, via Skype, Coldplay lead singer Chris Martin and Calvin Harris graced the stage to officially launch Tidal, a music streaming and editorial content service. According to the opening remarks from Alicia Keys, this is the “first-ever artist-owned music and entertainment platform” that’s designed with the fans in mind.

“Tidal will be a place with connection between the artists and fans,” she continued. Her remarks emphasized that everyone — artists and fans — will benefit from what Tidal has to offer. After that, each of the celebs on stage took turns signing a “declaration.” After standing on stage for a bit more, that was it.

The service’s website includes this bit on the homepage, “Introducing the first music streaming service that combines the best High Fidelity sound quality, High Definition music videos and expertly Curated Editorial.” Jay Z spoke with Billboard recently and discussed the motives behind Tidal here. (He says it’ll be like “a record store.”) And in a video that played after the livestream was over, Madonna spoke about artists reclaiming ownership.

But in terms of what fans will get exactly, we’re still largely in the dark for the moment. We know pricing is at either $9.99 or $19.99 each month, which may be a price that many fans aren’t willing to pay. (There is no free option.) And as for paid subscribers, millions of people have already committed to the competition, which includes not just Spotify, but Beats and others. Marketing experts tell CNET that having this kind of star power could be a powerful branding tool in an industry where that’s helpful. But ultimately, it’ll boil down to value.

We’ll keep you posted as we learn more. And if you’ve got some initial thoughts, let us know.

Update by Tonya Garcia


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Original post at March 30, 11:07 am ET

Earlier this year, Jay Z entered into the music streaming business when he bought the Swedish company WiMP, a major international streaming player, and Tidal, a Norwegian service, for a reported $56 million.

Now the hip-hop mogul has reached out to a few A-list friends to help him relaunch the newly-acquired service, Tidal. Kanye West, Madonna, Nicki Minaj, Coldplay’s Chris Martin, Beyoncé, Rihanna, and Daft Punk, among others have now changed their Twitter display photos to a light cyan-blue, reports Business Insider. Some have posted supportive messages. Here’s what West tweeted:

Rihanna tweeted:

And Taylor Swift, who took her music off of Spotify in a dispute over royalties and ads, will bring her music to Tidal.

What makes Tidal different from rival Spotify is that there is no free, ad-supported option. Moreover, the service is promising a higher quality sound.

Roc Nation is promising an announcement today at 5pm ET.

We’ll keep you posted on new news items. But in the meantime, there’s this preview video featuring even more famous faces that’s been posted on the Tidal website and has gone viral. Celebs like Jack White and Calvin Harris have tweeted it out as well.

Parents At Blue Ivy’s New Preschool Pissed At Beyoncé & Jay Z

March 13th, 2015 - By Victoria Uwumarogie
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When you’re the child of two of the biggest stars in the world, it only makes sense that your parents wouldn’t want to take any chances when it comes to your safety. Such is the case with Blue Ivy, who still gets carried by her parents when they move about in public, and who was the reason her grandmother, Tina Knowles, had to check paparazzi for trying to film and photograph her earlier this week. While Bey & Jay have chosen to live in the spotlight, they want Blue to have a normal upbringing, but they also want her to be safe. That’s exactly why the 3-year-old goes to her new preschool escorted by three bodyguards and two cars that ensure she gets in and out safely.

But all of this precaution has become something of a hassle and created a backup in traffic for other parents. According to an alleged source from the West Hollywood school who spoke to InTouch Weekly, they’re not happy about it.

“A security motorcade drops her off and picks her up from school. There are two cars and three bodyguards!

Beyoncé and Jay Z have made things a huge hassle. Other celebrity kids get dropped of by one driver, not an entire staff.”

The source went on to say that parents have called it “tacky and over-the-top” considering that quite a few celebrity children attend the elite school, but their moves don’t create such a scene.

According to the source, comedian Will Ferrell’s youngest son attends the school, but he “usually drops off and picks up his kid himself.”

But considering how big Beyoncé and Jay Z are, trying to take Blue to school each day on their own could bring about the paparazzi, which could bring even more confusion to the school. I’m sure these parents don’t want that.

At the end of the day, if this is a school full of celebrity kids, I’m not really sure why such precautions would upset people so much, but then again, folks always find a reason to take issue with these two. Either way though, it’s better to be safe than sorry.

Move Over Spotify: Jay Z Reportedly Finalizes $56M Deal For Scandinavian Streaming Company

March 12th, 2015 - By Ann Brown
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UPDATE: It’s a done deal–reportedly. Word is that Jay Z has completed his acquisition of  Scandinavian streaming company Aspiro. Billboard reports that the company’s shareholders have approved Jay Z’s bid though which the rap mogul will take control of WiMP, a major streaming player internationally, and Tidal, which is a Norwegian version of the service.

Initially, it looked like the deal might not happen after all when a group of minority shareholders who control 10 percent of the company wanted to vote “no,” but they changed their mind it seems at the last minute.

“There’s been little indication of Shawn Carter and Roc Nation’s plans for his new acquisition, though artist exclusives from Roc Nation’s long list of major stars is a reasonable expectation. As well, Aspiro’s WiMP platform already provides ample space for editorial, which would dovetail nicely with Carter’s Life + Times blog,” reports Billboard.

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Originally published Jan. 30, 2015

Jay Z is on the verge of buying the company behind WiMP, one of Spotify’s biggest streaming rivals, for $56 million, the Financial Times reports.

Never heard of it? Well, WiMP is wildly popular in Scandinavian countries. A rival to Spotify, it features a similar music-streaming service. The parent company for WiMP also runs Tidal, a Norwegian version of the service.

“Project Panther Bidco, a company owned by Jay Z, offered $56 million for the company, Aspiro, which is based in Sweden,” reports Business Insider. And the deal is basically done, as Aspiro’s major shareholders have accepted Jay Z’s offer, according to Reuters.  According to a statement by Aspiro, “With reference to Project Panther Bidco Ltd’s public takeover offer for all the shares in Aspiro AB, the Independent Bid Committee within Aspiro’s board of directors has decided, as further set out below, to unanimously recommend all shareholders of Aspiro to accept the offer.”

Jay Z released the following statement about the acquisition offer:

Panther believes that the recent developments in the entertainment industry, with the migration to music and media streaming, offers great potential for increased entertainment consumption and an opportunity for artists to further promote their music. Panther’s strategic ambition revolves around global expansion and up-scaling of Aspiro’s platform, technology and services.

Jay Z is becoming an international player.

Peanut, Man Man And June Bug: The Very Interesting Childhood Nicknames Of The Stars

March 10th, 2015 - By Victoria Uwumarogie
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Do you have a childhood nickname given to you by close family and friends? Sometimes such names are embraced, sometimes they’re loathed, sometimes they’re super random, and other times, they are used to describe you, or the way you look. The following stars on this list all are known by those close to them as something very interesting, and after doing some digging, I thought it would be fun to share some of those monikers with you.

 

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Tity Boi

Before he was 2 Chainz, the “I’m Different” rapper was seriously out here going by his childhood nickname: Tity Boi.

“I want to explain this—I wish I could put this on a billboard. Tity Boi is not derogatory towards women, I didn’t make it up, I didn’t get it from a titty-sucking contest or anything like that. The name Tity Boi actually came from my big mama, from me being spoiled and an only child—breastfed. My mama called me Tity Boi, my dad called me Tity Man, my hood called me Tit so when we was trying to rap I had been going by Tit my whole life, Tit, Tity, Tity Man —it’s just like a country nickname —term for being an only child.”

Lawsuit Over Jay Z’s ‘Big Pimpin’ Just Got Bigger As Live Nation Also Gets Sued

February 24th, 2015 - By Ann Brown
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The nephew of a deceased Egyptian composer has added to the lengthy lawsuit he has against Jay Z by tossing in a case against concert promotion company Live Nation for copyright infringement .

Osama Ahmed Fahmy initially sued Jay Z, MTV, Paramount Pictures, Warner Music, and others alleging the hook for “Big Pimpin’,” which was released in 2000, was taken from “Khosara, Khosara,” which appeared in the 1960 Egyptian film Fata Ahlami. Now Fahmy’s saying Live Nation is also responsible as well.

According to Fahmy’s suit, “Big Pimpin'” has been mentioned regularly in Jay Z concert previews and a “substantial percentage of people who purchased tickets to Jay Z’s shows hoped he would perform ‘Big Pimpin’,’ expected he would perform Big Pimpin’, and would have been disappointed if he had not performed ‘Big Pimpin’.’ On information and belief, Live Nation has profited substantially from Jay Z’s performance of Big Pimpin’, including, but not limited to, profits from ticket sales, merchandise, parking, concessions, and other revenue streams.”

Fahmy is suing Live Nation for  damages and profits. He also seeks an injunction prohibiting  Live Nation from promoting, producing or facilitating any live performance of “Big Pimpin’.” Jay Z has been involved with a lawsuit over his hit song Big Pimpin’ for eight years.

Court papers go as far as to claim that “Live Nation knew that Big Pimpin’ infringed upon the Khosara, Khosara copyright, but it nevertheless continued to sponsor, promote, and facilitate Jay-Z’s performances of the infringing work.”

There was a settlement in 2001 between Big Pimpin’ producers and EMI, which once asserted rights to “Khosara, Khosara.” But this deal expired in 2006, and Fahmy says that it’s void because the real owners of “Khosara, Khosara” never agreed to it. “Earlier this month, Fahmy brought a summary judgment motion arguing that Jay Z was not conveyed a valid license to make the sample. A hearing is scheduled on the matter in late March,” reports The Hollywood Reporter.

Sounds kind of messy.