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Rough start for Jay Z's Tidal streaming service
Unveiled with backing of some of music's top stars, the Tidal streaming service led by rap mogul Jay Z has gotten off to a rocky start. The Internet radio provider Pandora was the most downloaded music app in the United States, with Spotify -- seen as the rival targeted by Tidal -- not far behind. Jay Z earlier this year bought Tidal from Swedish-listed parent Aspiro for $56 million amid a rapid growth in streaming, which allows unlimited on-demand music. At the relaunch of Tidal in New York, Jay Z brought out stars said to be partners in the service including Madonna, Kanye West, Daft Punk and Beyonce -- Jay Z's wife, who later released a love ballad for him exclusively on Tidal.
Beyonce releases surprise love ballad on Jay Z's streaming site
R&B queen Beyonce has quietly released a love song dedicated to her husband, hip hop mogul Jay Z, available only on his new streaming service Tidal. Songstress Queen Bey posted a 15-second preview of the acoustic ballad "Die With You" on her Facebook page Saturday in celebration of the couple's seven-year wedding anniversary. "I don't have a reason to be if I can't be with you," Beyonce sings softly as she plays the piano, wearing a backwards cap, blond pigtails and appearing make-up free. The camera moves around her as she croons, eventually turning on the filmer: the lucky man himself, husband Jay Z.
Jay Z, Madonna, Minaj among owners of new streaming service
NEW YORK — Madonna, Rihanna, Beyonce and Jay Z are among the A-List musicians who are co-owners of Tidal, a streaming service being billed as the first artist-owned platform for music and video.