Here’s The Only Way Jay Z’s “Tidal” Thing Might Work

From Beyonce's exclusive Tidal video.

From Beyonce’s exclusive Tidal video.

I’ll admit that I was kind of sick seeing all those photos from that Tidal press conference, the stage lined with “A-list pop stars” claiming they were being robbed of their artistry. Daniel D’Addario from Time accurately summarized the strange press event in his article “Jay Z’s Tidal Press Conference Showed He’s Out of Touch“:

“The launch event for the rapper’s streaming service was a big mess. After its splashy launch press conference yesterday, the primary argument for Tidal — the two-tiered music service recently purchased by Jay Z that costs either $9.99 or $19.99 per month — is that artists deserve more money for their work. It’s not necessarily a wrongheaded argument, but the manner in which Jay Z and his contemporaries have pressed the point is embarrassingly out-of-touch.”

There is something slightly disingenuous when Madonna, who’s net worth is estimated to be $800 million, took to her Instagam account to claim “Tidal is not about consumption and greed! Its about protecting an art-form that is beloved to all of us MUSIC! … ”

All that aside, there might be one way that Tidal might work, and the key word here is “might.” That’s if some of these A-list celebrities release exclusive music to the service, like Beyoncé did over the weekend. Read more »

VP of 500 Walnut on Jay Z/Beyoncé Rumor: “It Is Not True”

Jay-Z and Beyonce before the start of an NBA basketball game between the Oklahoma City Thunder and the Los Angeles Clippers in Oklahoma City on Nov. 21. (AP Photo/Sue Ogrocki)

Jay-Z and Beyonce before the start of an NBA basketball game between the Oklahoma City Thunder and the Los Angeles Clippers in Oklahoma City on Nov. 21. (AP Photo/Sue Ogrocki)

Did mega-couple Jay Z and Beyoncé buy the ultra-exclusive penthouse atop 500 Walnut? Michael Angelina, realtor with BHHS Fox & Roach, Society Hill, next door at 530 Walnut Street, says that’s the case. “It’s definitely accurate information,” said Angelina, who isn’t involved in the deal, but maintained his source is sound. “I’m not at liberty to discuss it further.” So we reached out to a rep at 500 Walnut to get the lowdown.

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You know what the doctor says: A little music every day keeps the blahs away. To help, we round up a concert for every day of this week.



12 Best Memes That Came Out of Jay Z’s Fight With Solange

Unless you were under a pop culture rock yesterday, you most likely saw or heard about the now viral TMZ video of Beyonce’s sister, Solange Knowles, beating the living daylight out of Mr. Carter himself, Jay Z. Of course, the Internet couldn’t let that go, so I’ve rounded up some of the best memes that came out of the epic brawl.



 

Jay Z and Beyonce ‘On the Run’ in Philly

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This morning Jay Z and Beyoncé ended months of speculation that they would be touring together by announcing details on their “On the Run” tour. The 16-stop summer tour will reach cities throughout North America, including Philly on July 5th. According to Huffington Post, “the tour was supposed to be called the ‘Mr. and Mrs. Carter Tour.’ Instead, the concerts will file under the ‘On The Run’ moniker, a reference to the pair’s collaboration on Jay Z’s most recent album, Magna Carta … Holy Grail.”

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Jay-Z Taking Made in America to L.A.

Photo | Charles Sykes/Invision/AP

Photo | Charles Sykes/Invision/AP

Jay-Z joined the mayor of Los Angeles today to announce that he’s bringing Made in America to L.A. in 2014. The two-day concert will be held Labor Day weekend, running simultaneously with the one in Philly. (So I guess this means we’ll have to fight over Beyoncé?)

Live Nation will produce both festivals, showcasing performances that will be available via live-streaming to fans across the country.

The entertainment lineup has yet to be announced, but you can follow updates on the new Made in America: Los Angeles page.

For $99.50 pre-sale passes to Philly’s Made in America, purchase tickets on Ticketmaster with promo code “BMIA2014.”

Extra reading: Dear L.A.: Here’s What You Can Expect from Jay Z and Made In America. XOXO, Philly

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