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Sandbox 185: Simply the worst

Lead: History tends to be written by the winners and that is why we almost exclusively hear about campaigns that worked brilliantly and left everyone involved covered in glory – where the marketing team and artist were...
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Jay-Z to release a cassette version of ‘4.44’ album

Get your spooling-pencils ready! Jay-Z’s latest album ‘4.44’ may still be missing from Spotify, but it’s getting a new physical release as a cassette. Virgin EMI Records promoted the format in a tweet yesterday,...
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Could Jay-Z really be losing $1m a week from snubbing Spotify?

It’s fair to point out that this amount almost certainly isn’t large enough to qualify to be added to Jay-Z’s famously-long list of problems. Billboard has been asking industry folk how much money Jay-Z is missing...
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971k pirate downloads of Jay-Z album in first 72 hours says Muso

The exclusivity arrangements around Jay-Z’s new album ‘4.44’ meant that even brand-new Tidal subscribers who missed the cut-off deadline – Mark Ronson among them – couldn’t stream the album unless they were Sprint...
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Jay-Z ‘4.44’ album reportedly on its way to Apple Music

The release of Jay-Z’s new album ‘4.44’ as a Tidal/Sprint exclusive has created plenty of debate and controversy. Just ask Mark Ronson, who was tweeting grumpily about trying (and failing) to hear the album after...
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Jay-Z to make new album a Tidal / Sprint exclusive

It was quite a Father’s Day for Jay-Z this weekend: hot on the heels of news of the birth of his and Beyoncé’s twins, he also announced details of a brand new album, 4:44. It’ll be released on 30 June, but only...
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It’s a hard knock life (if you’re a Jay Z fan on Spotify)

In 2017, the dust is starting to settle on the question of how ‘exclusives’ will work on music-streaming services. We appear to be moving into an era where by and large, albums will be available on all the services,...
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Roc Nation debuts its startup-focused Arrive offshoot

It shouldn’t be a surprise that Jay Z and Roc Nation are launching a new venture focused on startups: rumours in February suggested that the artist, entrepreneur and Tidal co-owner was launching his own VC fund. Yesterday...
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Multiple reports claim Sprint invested $200m in Tidal

Sprint didn’t disclose how much money it was spending on a 33% stake in music-streaming service Tidal yesterday, but several publications have now reported the same figure: $200m. MBW, the Financial Times and Billboard...
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Tidal may be rebuffed in efforts to buy Prince tracks

There may be trouble brewing between streaming service Tidal and the team running Prince’s estate, at least if you believe celeb-gossip website TMZ, which has been following the relationship between the two entities. In...
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Tidal’s latest suitor is reportedly Apple Music

Gossip about Tidal being up for sale have been floating in the ether for at least half a year, even if the potential suitors (Samsung, Rhapsody, Google) have changed.
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Rihanna tipped for $25m sponsorship deal with Samsung

What reason could Jay-Z have for visiting Samsung’s US headquarters other than to talk about selling Tidal? Actually, quite a good one: negotiating a $25m sponsorship deal for Roc Nation artist Rihanna. The New York...