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Last night on Twitter, a number of music giants including Kanye West, Rihanna and Madonna, sent out tweets promoting the Swedish streaming service TIDAL, which was purchased by a Jay Z fronted investor consortium earlier this year. The acquisition lead to much speculation about Jay’s plans for the service, but I didn’t personally expect to see such a push quite as quickly as we have.
The service, which will compete directly with streaming behemoth Spotify and other services such as the Apple owned Beats, differs in a couple of notable ways from its counterparts. For one, there is no free membership tier, you have to sign up for a paid subscription in order to use the service.
The price had previously been set at $19.99 per month, but it was just slashed in half to $9.99, which puts it more in line with the competition. The other differentiating factor of TIDAL is their commitment to premium audio. The $20 price was originally justified by the fact that you were receiving far higher quality audio that what you’d get through Spotify or even an MP3 purchased on iTunes. UPDATED: As it turns out, the price has not been reduced, the high quality audio plan is still 19.99, while the standard plan is available for 10 bucks.
Despite what audio nerds might tell you, this is not something that necessarily matters to the average listener, but now that the price has dropped it’s certainly a bonus worth taking into consideration. That and the fact that you can probably expect certain artists close to Jay to do exclusive content deals with the company.
Jay is set to officially relaunch the service at a press conference in NYC at 5:00 pm which you can watch live below.
UPDATED: It’s over, watch the full press conference below.
In the above clip from TMZ Suge Knight’s attorney, with a straight face, stands in court and says that prosecutors are treating his client like Lucious Lyon from Empire. The judge wasn’t trying to hear it and set Suge’s bail at a cool $25 million. Knight, who claims he’s being tortured in solitary confinement, proceeded to once again collapse in the court room (video below).
— Drizzy (@Drake) March 17, 2015
J. Cole, Big Sean, YG and several others, including some yet to be announced special guests, will be joining Drake and Team OVO in Toronto on August 1st, 2nd and 3rd for the Sixth Annual OVOFest. Tickets go on sale on this Friday March 20th at the link in the tweet above.
Former entertainment attorney and industry veteran Reggie Osse, who you may know as Combat Jack, explains the particulars of Lil Wayne’s lawsuit against Birdman and Cash Money Records. After studying the publicly available court documents related to the case, Jack explains how Wayne arrived at the $51 million amount he is seeking and the discrepancy over ownership of copyrights for Young Money artists such as Drake.
Yesterday, Miami Beach Police responded to a call placed by an anonymous person that claimed to have shot 4 people at Lil Wayne’s Miami mansion. The whole thing turned out to be a hoax, and now TMZ has released the audio of the phone call that started the whole thing. Listen above as some guy calmly explains how he just killed 4 people and threatens to shoot more, including any first responders who came to the scene.
Miami’s WSVN is reporting a shooting incident at Lil Wayne’s Miami home. You can watch live updates on the story via the live stream below, but according to early reports, the block has been shut down and law enforcement are trying to gain access to the home as we speak. There have been initial reports that as many as 4 people may have been injured. Apparently there was a similar incident in Miami in recent days that turned out to be a hoax, but it is unclear if that is the case here.
Story developing. UPDATED: Young Money has reportedly confirmed that Wayne was not at the residence during the alleged shooting and is ok. The SWAT team is on the scene and are preparing to enter.
UPDATED: A Miami Beach Police public information officer has told reporters that the initial call reporting the shooting came from an individual who was not at the home and had claimed to have shot 4 people. They have not yet entered the home, but say they have seen no indication of any shooting. Was Wayne “Swatted”?
UPDATED: The SWAT Team has entered the home and determined that the call was a hoax.
Oh snap, would you look at what popped up on iTunes. There’s no tracklist, no artwork and no album title, unless it’s called Untitled, which it very well may be. March 23rd is the date.
— Kendrick Lamar (@kendricklamar) March 6, 2015
With his new single “All Day” finally out in the wild, it’s safe to say Yeezy Season is in full swing. Earlier today he visited the Oxford University Museum of Natural History to deliver a lecture to a group of students.
Throughout the speech he touched on anumber of topics including fine art, classism and time as a luxury. He also shared an idea about The Matrix being the “Bible of the post-information age” that he relayed to director Steve McQueen the other day at the “All Day” video shoot.
As is typical of an unrestricted Kanye idea dump, the speech is full of quotables and the University has promised to upload a full video at some point today. Until then you can check out a few choice quotes below and follow the link at the bottom of the page for a complete transcript.
“OK, everyone please be completely quiet, because I can literally hear a whisper, and it’ll throw off my stream of consciousness, and when I get my stream of consciousness going that’s when I give the best, illest quotes. Literally, a whisper can throw it off.”
The New York Times spoke to Bobby Shmurda, who is still incarcerated on Rikers Island on weapons and drug charges, and his entertainment attorney Matthew Middleton about his precarious legal predicament. Since his arrest late last year, I’ve heard a few people wonder why his label Epic has failed to post his bond and get him back out on the street where he can continue to earn. After all, the label reportedly sunk a couple of million bucks into the young Brooklyn rapper when his runaway single “Hot Nigga” was bubbling across hoods this past Summer, so why wouldn’t they want to capitalize while he still has some momentum?