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Yesterday at 5 p.m. EDT, to much fanfare and anticipation, the music streaming service Tidal was launched – or rather, relaunched. Mogul and rapper Jay Z has spearheaded the initiative, and the amount of star power packed into his press conference was impressive, but what does the revamped Tidal service mean for the music industry, and more importantly, for the consumer?
TIDAL: A Brief History
Scandinavian tech company Aspiro, which was founded in 1998, launched TIDAL in 2014, a complement to their other streaming service WiMP, which was launched in 2010. Throughout Aspiro’s history, the company has acquired various smaller tech startups, numbering at least 13 in total between 2000 and 2008. As of January 30 of this year, Aspiro announced a $56 million takeover bid from Project Panther Bidco, Ltd. Project Panther is indirectly owned and controlled by Shawn Carter, aka, Jay Z. While some shareholders objected to the takeover, claiming it undervalued the growth potential of Aspiro, the bid was accepted on March 13, 2015, with over 90% of shareholders in favor of the acquisition.
TIDAL itself is a relatively young streaming service. What differentiates it from other similar streaming services is that it boasts lossless audio streaming and HD video (currently available only to TIDAL HiFi subscribers), with over 25 million tracks and 75,000 music videos at its disposal at this point in time, with plans to increase the media library. Unlike many other competitors, however, TIDAL is a subscription-only service. Their base-plan, TIDAL Premium, will cost you $9.99 per month, with an option to upgrade to the more high-definition TIDAL HiFi for $19.99 monthly.
She's known as the "Girl Next Door," but Taylor Swift has had her fair share of public feuds, especially recently with Spotify. She's young, in the public spotlight, and constantly talked about in the news; a spat here and there was bound to happen. It just so happens that Taylor's fights tend to be kind of newsworthy.
So, without further ado, here are some of the best T-Swift feuds:
Taylor Swift vs. Tina Fey and Amy Poehler
Looks like TSwift and Spotify are never, ever, ever getting back together. Following the release of 1989, Taylor Swift pulled her entire music catalog from Spotify, the online music-streaming service.
Although Spotify wasn't given her latest album to stream, now Spotify users can't even listen to her old albums. Swift has been pretty upfront about the fact that she's not a fan of streaming services. Last year, she told the Wall Street Journal "piracy, file sharing and streaming have shrunk the numbers of paid album sales drastically and every artist has handled this blow differently." (As if Taylor has a problem with getting paid album sales. 1989 is rumored to have sold more than 1.3 million copies in its first week alone, a feat not achieved by an artist since 2002.)
Spotify immediately wrote a blog post about Taylor's decision, saying that nearly 16 million of its 40 million users have listened to T. Swift in the last 30 days alone. "We hope she’ll change her mind and join us in building a new music economy that works for everyone," they wrote. They also kept the post fun with a postscript that quotes some Taylor Lyrics, and they dedicated two playful playlists to the singer.
Taylor's decision has left fans divided. What do you think? Should she have left her songs on Spotify, or was she right to remove them?
(BTW, we're aiming for a Taylor Swift-themed week on the blog. Wish us luck.)
When Taylor Swift tours, she does it right. This time, it's a world tour in support of her newest album, 1989 (which, by the way, is setting records). The 1989 World Tour starts on May 20, 2015, in Bossier City, LA and continues through Halloween 2015.
Not only will the tour stop in places like Germany, Holland, and the U.K., but there are more than 40 dates in the U.S. alone. T.Swift will stay in some cities for two nights, including Los Angeles, CA; Denver, CO; Foxborough, MA; and Nashville, TN.
Swift will be joined by Vance Joy, an Australian singer, for her North American shows, with Canadian singer Shawn Mendes making an appearance at the stadium shows.
See below for tour dates and visit the Taylor Swift page for more information on tickets.
Whatever you did over the weekend was cool and all, but Taylor Swift invited some fans over to her house, baked cookies, and they all listened to her new album 1989.
It was a surprise for 89 of her fans, who were all hand-picked by Taylor Swift herself. They were contacted by Taylor's management team and given vague details about the "top secret exclusive event" (where to go, and when) but nothing more, according to TSwiftLA.
Some of the details of the evening:
- There was a ton of food for the 89 attendees to eat, including cookies. Baked by Taylor Swift. Pumpkin chocolate chip, if you care.
- The group sat in Taylor's living room where she laid out the details of the evening. AKA, "Hey guys, thanks for being fans, now do you want to listen to my entire album with me right now?" (Not an exact quote.)
- Taylor spoke to her fans about the details of each song.
- They also got to hang out with Taylor's cat, Olivia. No details about her other cat, Meredith, but we'll assume she was there, too.
- There was dancing and rapping to Kendrick Lamar's "Backseat Freestyle."
- Everyone got to take selfies with Taylor. They also got gift bags.
- This all happened at Taylor's house in LA. Just wanted to reiterate that.