Jay Z offers perspective on Tidal’s early struggles
Last week was a rough one for Tidal. Several media outlets pointed to the fact that the Swedish streaming service–purchased by Jay Z in January, and re-launched with the help of several high profile superstars in March–was “failing,” and had dropped out of the Apple App Store 750, while other services like Spotify, Beats Music and Pandora experienced surges.
Despite the marquee roll-out, the Nicki Minaj, Rihanna, Beyonce and Kanye West co-signs, the exclusive content, and even the teasing of a joint Jay Z and Beyonce album exclusive to Tidal, the buzz was not translating to tangible growth.
Today, Jay Z took to Twitter–”Jay Z took to Twitter” is something rarely said more than 3 times in a year, so you know this is serious business–to remind people that the new Tidal is still very much a young company, and just like anything new, it needs time to grow. Probably the most salient point made, was the fact that while Spotify is experiencing astronomical amounts of monetary growth right now, it “took 9 years” to be successful.
It’s all very interesting, but Jay Z using his scarcely used personal Twitter account to speak out about Tidal says two things: he’s heard the rumors, but he’s ready for battle.
There are many big companies that are spending millions on a smear campaign. We are not anti-anyone, we are pro-artist & fan. #TidalFacts
Lil Wayne is currently still on his Release Partiez tour, in celebration of his latest mixtape, Sorry 4 The Wait 2, and his forthcoming release, The Free Weezy Album. Unfortunately, adversity has found the New Orleans rapper along the way.
TMZhas reported that shots were fired at Lil Wayne’s tour bus following a performance at Compound nightclub in Atlanta while Wayne and company left the venue. According to the report, Young Money artist and close affiliate of Lil Wayne’s, Lil Twist, was on one of the buses, but there have been no reported injuries.
As more details surface, we will update this story.
Derrick Rose is with the sh*ts, ladies and gentlemen
Though he suffered an injury towards the end of the regular season that sidelined him for about a month, Derrick Rose is back on the court in the NBA Playoffs, and he’s anchored his Chicago Bulls’ resilient play en route to a 3-1 lead in their opening round series with the upstart Milwaukee Bucks. In fact, if it weren’t for a game-winning lay-up by Jerryd Bayless as time expired in regulation yesterday afternoon, the Bulls might already have been awaiting their second round opponent Cavs.
Despite the loss, Rose reminded reporters how grateful he felt to still be a part of the Bulls, and still have an opportunity to go out and play with the guys that he loves. Why has he been able to conquer two season-ending injuries and countless setbacks to return to the best Derrick Rose form we’ve seen since his MVP season in 2011? Simple.
It’s real in the field for a Lil Wayne bus driver. Wayne’s tour bus was shot at as he and his entourage were leaving a club in Atlanta early Sunday morning (April 26). Weezy performed at club Compound, Saturday night. According to TMZ, as his two tour buses were leaving the venue shots were fired. The reports states, Lil Wayne, Lil Twist, Hood and host of other Young Money personnel were riding in one of the two buses. According to WSBTV-Atlanta, the bus was not struck by any bullets. No one was injured during shooting.
The tour bus was driven to a nearby hotel after the shooting and police were called to the scene. As of press time, no arrests have been made. There were no reports of any incidents that happened inside the club that would have incited the shooting.
Of course, speculation has already started to circulate that this incident has something to do with Atlanta rapper Young Thug, who Weezy has been taking shots at recently. Following the release of the art work for Young Thug’s Barter 6, Wayne went at YT’s neck telling the crowd at a show, “Stop listening to songs of niggas who pose naked on their motherfucking album covers.” After previously saying he had too much respect for Wayne to talk down about him, Thug sent a cryptic shot at Wayne via Instagram. The Young Money boss again taunted Thugger during a recent show in Ohio telling the crowd, “Ain’t no muthafuckin such thing as Carter 6…And anytime you bitch them bitch ass niggas to come up win this muthafucka, before they say one word you let ‘em know Tunechi said, ‘suck my dick.’”
Check back with XXL as we will report more information on the situation as it becomes available.