Exclusive | Spotify, 50 Cent and other artists speak out against Tidal’s (Jay Z) corporate greed!

 

JETSS co-founder Camila Alves attended the ‘Spotify’ first year anniversary party in Sao Paulo Brazil this past week where she spoke exclusively with the ‘Head of Consumer Marketing” Carolina Baracat.

Baracat was very clear in stating that Spotify does not feel the intimated by the marketing tactics laid out by Tidal.  “We do not believe that the model of services and tools advertised by Tidal’s platform (which includes exclusive promotional content from the artists) will be appealing enough to charge users a high monthly fee.  It’s also a documented fact that users listen to ‘streaming music’ more often than downloading tracks.  Spotify is confident that our current music social media platform will prevail with customers.”

Rapper 50 Cent is the latest musician to speak out against Jay Z’s $9.99-per-month artist-owned music-streaming service, Tidal with an he gave to LA radio station REAL 92.3, the rapper was asked his thoughts on the service.

“They probably could’ve did something more exciting if they reached out, because the people you saw there don’t even own the rights to their music,” he said. “So they can’t say it’s gonna come out of Tidal. It has to go everywhere.”

50 Cent is saying people don’t need to pay upward of $9.99 a month for music that will be available elsewhere, including rival streaming services such as Pandora and Spotify. In other words: “Why would you actually buy Tidal to get something that would be everywhere else?”

In March, Jay Z debuted Tidal with a star-studded presentation that included Usher, Rihanna, Nicki Minaj, Madonna, Kanye West, Daft Punk, Arcade Fire, and of course Beyoncé

50 Cent continued…”Usher was there and Madonna and all these people. That’s a little bit more of a, when you say, ‘It was business,’ it’s more of a corporate play. The companies have contracts, and companies are gonna do everything to get the maximum performance out of the music. They’re not going to just put it through Tidal as a service.”

Others musicians are not happy either.  Mumford and Sons front man Marcus Mumford added: “We want people to listen to our music in their most comfortable way, and if they’re not up for paying for it, I don’t really care.”

Death Cab for Cutie singer Ben Gibbard told The Daily Beast in April: “I think they totally blew it by bringing out a bunch of millionaires and billionaires and propping them up onstage and then having them all complain about not being paid. That’s why this thing is going to fail miserably.”

Singer Lily Allen, too, tweeted: “I love Jay Z so much, but TIDAL is so expensive compared to other perfectly good streaming services … He’s taken the biggest artists & made them exclusive to TIDAL (am i right in thinking this ?), people are going to swarm back to pirate sites in droves sending traffic to torrent sites. Up and coming (not yet millionaires) artists are going to suffer as a result … my concern is that Tidal may set emerging artists back.”

 

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