The big buzz in the music industry has been about Jay-Z‘s new streaming service, TIDAL. Now, the hip-hop mogul has announced an exclusive concert at an “intimate New York City” venue on May 13th.
The only way to get tickets to the event is by creating your own playlist and hoping it impresses Jay-Z enough for him to dole out a pair of tickets your way. The contest begins today and runs through May 8th. TIDAL users can begin curating their own playlist, using the hashtag #TIDALXJAYZ. Details for the contest are on TIDAL’s site.
The service, which has been in service for a little over a month, and has over 770,000 subscriptions thus far, has come under fire from a number of detractors, including high-profile act Mumford & Sons who discussed the services high-profile niche and not catering to smaller acts:
“We don’t want to be tribal. I think smaller bands should get paid more for it, too. Bigger bands have other ways of making money, so I don’t think you can complain. A band of our size shouldn’t be complaining. And when they say it’s artist-owned, it’s owned by those rich, wealthy artists.”
And in related news, the high-fidelity streaming service once again facing negative press with the news that subscription prices have already been raised. The services premium plan which was $9.99, is now $12.99, while TIDAL’s HiFi service has increased from $19.99 to $25.99 a month. Looks like Jay-Z’s new streaming service has a few kinks that need to be worked out.