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 through one streaming service. Guess which on… Okay that’s fairly obvious. “Tidal and Sprint are excited to share Jay-Z’s new album, 4:44 – the first in a series of exclusives offered to the 45 million postpaid and prepaid Sprint customers and existing Tidal members,” announced the telco.
Consider this part of its return for acquiring 33% of Tidal earlier this year, in a deal valuing that stake at around $200m. In the case of 4:44, Sprint customers will need to take up their option of a six-month free trial of Tidal’s HiFi tier to access the album, with no news yet on when (or even whether) the album will be available to buy as a digital download or physical edition.