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...
August 7, 2017
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,...
July 26, 2017
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...
July 24, 2017
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...
July 4, 2017
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...
July 3, 2017
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...
June 19, 2017
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,...
April 10, 2017
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...
March 7, 2017
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...
January 24, 2017
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...
November 14, 2016
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.
July 1, 2016