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I’m Still Waiting For Jay Z And ‘Nem To Prove I Need Tidal

October 21st, 2015 - By Veronica Wells
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When I heard the news that Tidal was hosting a concert featuring Prince, Beyoncé, Jay Z, Usher and more I immediately hopped on G Chat to let my sister and friends know that it was probably the place we needed to be on October 20.

My sister, the ticket purchaser extraordinaire, volunteered to stare at her screen until 12 pm when the tickets were available. None of us are Tidal subscribers so we had to wait until they became available to the general public. Well, they never really did.

Thankfully, there’s StubHub. But if you’ve ever used the service you know people can be a bit outrageous with their asking prices. So we waited for the date to near and the ticket prices to come down some. In the meantime, I bought a cheap flight to Puerto Rico and Victoria (our Senior Editor) remembered she was saving for a wedding and that money could probably be put to good use elsewhere. So we dropped out.

But my sister and her friend were still down and they purchased tickets for $150 each.

They ended up being somewhere in the nosebleed section but they were going to see quite a few of their faves under one roof. Surely, it would be worth it.

Not quite.

When my sister came home last night, after the concert, she didn’t come in humming a tune. Her voice wasn’t hoarse from screaming and singing at the top of her lungs. She came in silently. I had to ask her how it went.

“It was terrible.”


She said that when she and her friend got there they noticed that Prince’s name was no longer on the flier. They thought it was weird but would eventually learn that he had pulled out of the performance all together.

Then artists like Lil Wayne, Nicki Minaj, and even Usher only sang 1-2 songs.

And Beyoncé, the greatest entertainer of our time? She didn’t even get a set to herself. She only appeared on stage to slay with Nicki Minaj during “Feelin’ Myself” and alongside her husband for “Holy Grail.”

No wonder the homie Prince had to back out. Which two Prince songs would you want to hear in concert? That’s an impossible question to answer. I want to hear 20 Prince songs…at least.

While I was thankful that I didn’t spend my own money on what would have been an epic let down, I was also disappointed for my sister and for Tidal at large.

At the end of the day, I would love for Tidal to win; but up until now, they really haven’t shown me anything that proves they deserve to.

For centuries, artists, particularly Black artists have been screwed out of their fair share. The record companies never let them see it. Their managers and lawyers take it. And now, in this digital age, fans can listen to the music, virtually any time they want, and the artist is not compensated for it.

As a fellow creative, I know, fundamentally, that’s not right.

And while I would love for Jay Z, a Black businessman to be the one to change the game and bring power back to the people who create the music and culture we love, he seems to keep missing opportunities to do just that.

At the press conference when the service was first announced, all of the celebrities trotted out and stood in a line, smiling before signing a paper. Alicia Keys made a speech about changing the game but I still didn’t understand exactly what I was supposed to be buying into. And I just can’t afford to pay $20 for a service of which I haven’t been convinced.

Instead of using the press conference as a time to tell the people what it’s like to feel used and abused as an artist, the world’s most financially successful musicians smiled and asked for even more of our money.

That’s ballsy particularly when there are services that will do it for free. See Spotify, Pandora etc.

I can’t help but get the impression that Jay Z and his executive board felt like their mere presence and star power would be enough for the people. And when it comes to $20 a month, after we already support these artists’ albums, tours and art, it’s a bit much. At the very least, it will take some convincing.

This is the same thing that happened last night at the Barclays Center. The most successful names in music stood out, gave us a sampling of their talent and then dipped. Thankfully, the money went to “nonprofit organizations dedicated to advancing positive community relations and effecting systemic change for the development and sustainability of just societies,” but once again, the consumer was left uninformed and slighted.

It’s been a rough start for the brand. Hopefully they’ll be able to find a way to both market the product better and actually appeal to the customer’s needs and wants rather than just relying on celebrity.

Remember That Time Beyoncé Announced Her Pregnancy? 15 Epic VMA Moments

August 30th, 2015 - By Desiree Bowie
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The 2015 MTV Video Music Awards is right around the corner, and if the promos are any indications, the show is probably going to one of the most talked about television events of the summer. The VMAs are where both big moments happen and stars are made. Let’s take a look at 15 of the most epic VMA moments, ever.

Prince Compares Record Contracts To “Slavery,” Teams Up With Tidal

August 11th, 2015 - By Jazmine Denise Rogers
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The Purple One has spoken, and he’s not here for record contracts. After inviting a group of approximately 900 journalists to his estate in Minneapolis for an impromptu listening party and celebration, he announced his new album, HitNRun, which will be released on subscription-based streaming service Tidal, the Huffington Post reports.

The evening of the shindig, a select group of 10 journalists were invited to travel deeper into the estate for a private chat. No questions were off-limits, but the reporters were not allowed to record or take notes.

“Record contracts are just like — I’m gonna say the word — slavery,” he told the group, according to Buzz Feed.

He revealed that he has given the masters to his new project to Jay Z exclusively, and that the album would live on the streaming service, which provides more royalties to artists than similar services, for the next few years. The iconic singer then went on to vent that record companies give artists minimal freedom when it comes to determining where and how their music is used.

“Once we have our own resources, we can provide what we need for ourselves,” he said, according to NPR. “Jay Z spent $100 million of his own money to build his own service. We have to show support for artists who are trying to own things for themselves.”

He also advised new artists not to sign record contracts.

“I would tell any young artist … don’t sign,” he said.


It’s Official, Prince Is Releasing A New Album This Year

July 25th, 2015 - By Ashley Monaé
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It’s no secret that legendary and multi-talented musician, Prince, creates iconic albums like he changes clothes, which is pretty often.

So it comes as no surprise that for 2015 he would gift fans with yet another album after releasing two full-bodied projects in 2014: Plectrumelectrum and Art Official Age.

After dropping a new track called “HARDROCKLOVER”  via Soundcloud, his band 3rd Eye Girl confirmed that The Purple One will indeed be releasing a new album this year. Titled The Hit & Run Album, the project is a reference to his recent “pop-up” concert tours, where he spontaneously held shows at a moments notice. 

3rd Eye Girl also shared details of the new album to BBC 6 Music dishing, “Super hardcore Prince fans that know every song he’s ever recorded – we refer to them as ‘The Purple Collective’ or ‘The Purple Army’ – this album is absolutely for them, because it’s super funky.” “It’s weird, there’s a lot of experimental sound. It’s just hit after hit and definitely caters to those fans who just love to hear what Prince has to say, rather than wanting to always hear that classic Purple Rain Prince sound,” they said.

The Hit & Run Album will be Prince’s 38th studio effort to date, and is said to include sultry love song “1,000 Hugs and Kisses” and a new version of “This Could Be Us” from last year’s Art Official Age.  No word on an official release date, but 3rd Eye Girl assures, “Everything happens really fast here. When an idea comes… it’s translated to the musicians or whoever’s working on it and then recorded and laid down relatively quick and then it’s put out.”

Prince Pulls Catalog From Music Streaming Platforms

July 10th, 2015 - By Chelcee Johns
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The electric, body-moving  and soul-stirring Prince is not letting his music fly across all music streams. While we’d love to have easy access, Prince has other plans in mind. Spotify, Rdio, Apple Music, Google Play, Rhapsody, Amazon Prime and many other streaming services are being asked to remove Prince’s catalog from their platform.

The musical genius is ready to release new work with his  song “HardRockLover” dropping on SoundCloud (there seems to be a problem playing it now… hmm) and is asking all streams to take down his music – except Jay Z’s Tidal. The platforms will also have to say goodbye to music done by the artist under the artist formerly known as prince, Prince & The Revolution and Prince & The Next Power Generation.

Spotify has already made the changes and left this message on the artist’s profile page:

“Prince’s publisher has asked all streaming services to remove his catalog. We have cooperated with the request and hope to bring his music back as soon as possible.”

In May, Prince held a concert in Baltimore in partnership with Tidal after the death of Freddie Gray. Tidal streamed the concert and also matched any donations made through their site to support Baltimore charities. It is believed this may be the reason Prince has not cut Tidal off as well.

Prince is certainly not new to going up against large record labels and making sure artists receive fair compensation and their rights respected. Just last year, Prince made headlines when he went after fans that posted bootlegs of his concerts and even further back in the 1990s with Warner Bros. over royalties.

Prince’s move has been compared to that of Taylor Swift’s when last month Swift went head to head with Apple Music on receiving royalties during their free trial period. While the award-winning singer settled the dispute and stayed on Apple Music it seems as though Prince does not have the same plans to do the same.

“Black Lives Still Matter” Prince Is Coming To Baltimore

May 6th, 2015 - By Veronica Wells
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Citizens of Baltimore rejoice! The Purple One, Prince Rodgers Nelson, has announced his plans to perform a concert in the city due to the recent unrest over the death of Freddie Gray.

The New York Times broke the news that Prince would be performing at a “Rally 4 Peace” concert this Sunday in Baltimore, at the Royal Farms Arena.

The statement said:

In a spirit of healing, the event is meant to be a catalyst for pause and reflection following the outpouring of violence that has gripped Baltimore and areas throughout the U.S.,” Live Nation, the concert promoter, said in a statement. “As a symbolic message of our shared humanity and love for one another, attendees are invited to wear something gray in tribute to all those recently lost in the violence.”

Tickets for the event will go on sale Wednesday at 5 p.m. at Part of the proceeds will benefit Baltimore youth charities.

Attendees of the concert are being asked to wear gray.

Prince will also be performing with funk-rock group 3RDEYEGIRL.

You may have seen that Prince was also planning to release a song, titled “Baltimore” about the uprising in the city. Though the audio still hasn’t hit the internet, the lyrics have been released. You can check them out below.

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THE GUITAR PLAY! (guitar solo)

Word on the internet streets is that Prince may release the single on Jay Z’s new streaming service Tidal.

Prince Records New Single For The City Of Baltimore

May 2nd, 2015 - By Courtney Whitaker
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prince-baltimore-artwork-2015-billboard-510Prince is ready to tell the world how he feels about the riots in Baltimore.

The legendary singer has recorded a new song that is “a tribute to all of the people of the city of Baltimore.” The unnamed single will address the death of Freddie Gray and the current police issues taking place across the country. Previously, during the Grammy’s, Prince stated “Albums, you remember those? They still matter. Like books and black lives, they still matter.”

There is no release date for the new single but we have received a preview of the artwork.

We can’t wait to hear this new single. We love seeing celebrities use their power to address the social and political issues in our community.

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.




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.”

Got Beef: 18 Stars In Crazy Celebrity Feuds

December 15th, 2014 - By Rich
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These pretty epic and often petty celebrity feuds shows us just how human celebrities are. We’ve all been in a feud or two, but some of these get a bit crazy. We can’t choose our favorite…can you?

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Got Beef: 18 Stars In Epic Celebrity Feuds


Chris Rock & Prince Appear on “Saturday Night Live”

November 2nd, 2014 - By Courtney Whitaker
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If you missed, Saturday Night Live last night, you missed an epic performance. The legendary singer Prince, performed for 8 uninterrupted minutes on last night’s episode. The performance featured new music and a killer guitar solo by the crooner. The last time Prince performed for 8 minutes straight, was during Super Bowl XLI halftime show in 2007. Prince’s performance will definitely go down in SNL history.

In addition to a performance by Prince, Chris Rock also hosted last night’s episode. Rock appeared in a number of skits including a funny skit with an entire black cast.

Kendrick Lamar and Woody Harrelson are set to perform and guest host when Saturday Night Live returns November 15th. In the meantime, check out the performance by Prince and some of Chris Rock’s skits.