TIDAL, the streaming music platform owned by a group of celebrity musicians, was relaunched in North America only a month ago, but many have declared it dead on arrival. And for good reason: downloads of TIDAL’s iOS App have plummeted in recent weeks, and several fellow musicians — including Ben Gibbard of Death Cab For Cutie and Mumford & Sons — have publicly rebuked the high-fi audio service. Meanwhile, one of TIDAL’s principal owners, Kanye West, has sent mixed signals regarding his continued involvement.
This afternoon, another TIDAL owner, Jay Z, responded to critics in a series of tweets. He defended TIDAL’s early success (“We have over 770,000 subs. We have been in business less than one month … The iTunes Store wasn’t built in a day. It took Spotify 9 years to be successful…”), and also addressed payout rates for artists (“Tidal pays 75% royalty rate to ALL artists, writers and producers – not just the founding members on stage.”)
“We are here for the long haul. Please give us a chance to grow & get better,” Jay Z wrote, adding, “We are human (even Daft Punk ha). We aren’t perfect – but we are determined.”
You can read all his comments below.
In related news, another one of TIDAL’s owners, Jack White, will be live streaming his final performance of his US acoustic tour exclusively on TIDAL this evening. Subscribers can watch White perform live from the Fargo Theatre in Fargo, North Dakota beginning at 9:30 p.m. ET.