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NEW YORK, NY - MARCH 30: (L-R) Usher, Rihanna, Nicki Minaj, Madonna, Deadmau5, Kanye West, JAY Z, and J. Cole onstage at the Tidal launch event #TIDALforALL at Skylight at Moynihan Station on March 30, 2015 in New York City. (Photo by Jamie McCarthy/Getty Images for Roc Nation)

What Now? 21 Questions We Have About TIDAL's Streaming Service

Okay, Jay Z's TIDAL streaming service has a ownership squad... now what?

Jay Z’s TIDAL streaming service just became larger than life, but will it live up to the hype? During a press conference in New York City this afternoon (Mar. 30), the ante was upped when the company announced an all-star troupe of co-owners: Alicia Keys, Rihanna, Beyoncé, Kanye West, J. Cole, Nicki Minaj,Usher, Jason Aldean, Chris Martin, Daft Punk, Calvin Harris, Madonna, Deadmau5, Win Butler and Régine Chassagne?, and Jack White. Featuring a dramatic signing of their “declaration” contract, the conference introduced TIDAL as a innovative streaming service controlled by artists.

SEE ALSO: Taylor Swift Is Here For Jay Z's Streaming Service  

TIDAL will partner up with Sprint as the first cellular network to work with the service. They will also offer an offline streaming experience. And while a $19.99 Hi-Fi plan was the only one initially available for consumers, a new premium plan for $9.99 is now an option. With Alicia Keys delivering an address on behalf of the (very notable) squad, there are still questions that loom regarding their new joint venture.

After peeping the huge TIDAL announcement, here are 21 questions we have:

  1. Will all of these artists pull their music from Spotify?
  2. How much did each owner invest? Are profits split evenly?
  3. “High fidelity sound” and “expertly curated editorial” come with the more expensive plan, but what does that really mean?
  4. How long has this been in the works?
  5. Did anyone else catch that awkward handshake between Madonna and Deadmau5?
  6. Will this also help independent artists?
  7. Why did Madonna hump that table?
  8. How proud are we of J. Cole?
  9. Was that a play off of The Declaration of Independence? If so, who’s Thomas Jefferson?
  10. Will there be a theme song or collaborative album between the owners?
  11. So… What does this mean for iTunes?
  12. Where's Taylor Swift? Pharrell? Justin Timberlake?
  13. Was Beyonce scheduled to perform, or nah?
  14. Did Alicia Keys memorize her a speech (her TelePrompTer was in the back of her head)?
  15. Will there be any philanthropy attached to this?
  16. Who was at this presentation? And why weren't we all invited?
  17. Will only a certain selection of songs be available without an Internet connection?
  18. Is TIDAL hiring, though?
  19. Why so expensive?
  20. Will Spotify be a thing of the past?
  21. Are you convinced?

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Kendrick Lamar, Lupe Fiasco, And More Mourn Battle Rapper Tech 9

Battle rapper Tech 9 has reportedly passed away. The artist, born Akeem Mickens, reportedly died Monday morning, XXL confirms.

Fellow battle rapper Buttah From The Block announced the sad news in a message on Facebook. Buttah told XXL that his family and friends were unsure of the cause of death at this time. "We are praying that it was natural causes. He had no signs of harm done to his body," he said.

Tech 9, not be confused with Strange Music's Tech N9ne, was a well-known battle rapper and pioneer. Since news of his passing circulated on social media, a number of hip-hop artists have offered their condolences.

"THEY SAY MY FACE DONT LOOK THE SAME WITH THE STOCK- Condolences to the family of the late great Tech9 of Philly. Rest well," Kendrick Lamar tweeted.

"Rip Tech 9...one of the most entertaining battle rappers. Condolences to his family and friends. May God have mercy on his soul." Lupe Fiasco also tweeted.

Check out more reactions from the hip-hop community below.

THEY SAY MY FACE DONT LOOK THE SAME WITH THE STOCK-

Condolences to the family of the late great Tech9 of philly. Rest well.

— Kendrick Lamar (@kendricklamar) March 25, 2019

Rip Tech 9...one of the most entertaining battle rappers.

Condolences to his family and friends.

May God have mercy on his soul.

— “DROGAS WAVE” NOW PLAYING (@LupeFiasco) March 25, 2019

Rest In Peace to the Philadelphia legend Tech 9

— Lloydbanks (@Lloydbanks) March 25, 2019

Rest In Peace Tech 9 one of the funniest and illest battle rappers I’ve seen

— ZXLTRXN (@denzelcurry) March 25, 2019

https://twitter.com/MickeyFactz/status/1110074738326622208

Rest Easy to A Philadelphia legend Tech 9 🙏🏾 love & respect to his family and friends. As a fan of the battle rap culture this is a major loss.

— Smoke DZA (@smokedza) March 25, 2019

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LeBron James Has A Message For Los Angeles Lakers Fans

While the Los Angeles Lakers had less than an exhilarating season, its newest addition, LeBron James, isn't going to let the team's losing record deter him from championship pursuits. In an Instagram post, the 6'8" power forward reassured purple and gold fans that the franchise will be better and stronger next season.

"Believe me!" James began. "Promise #LakerNation the spell won't last much longer! I swear. The marathon continues!" The Lakers' record currently stands at 32 wins and 41 losses. In late February, after the team succumbed to a 110-105 defeat to the Memphis Grizzlies, James told reporters that the losing streak is something he can't adjust to.

"The last few years, everyone's so accustomed to the losses that I'm just not accustomed to. I'm not accustomed to it," he said, per USA Today. "I would never get comfortable with losing." Ahead of the 2018-19 season, James joined the team after leaving the Cleveland Cavaliers for the second time.

The 34-year-old pro-athlete has seen 13 playoffs since his tenure in the league. His postseason appearances have also amassed three NBA championship titles.

 

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Keri Hilson Says New Music Is Coming Summer 2019

Keri Hilson is making a comeback. After a lengthy hiatus, the singer announced that she will be releasing new music this summer 2019.

Hilson shared the exciting news with her fans on Instagram on Sunday (Mar. 24). "Today marks 10 years since the release of my first studio album, 'In A Perfect World,'" she wrote in the caption of a photo herself. "I didn’t mean to be gone so long, I only needed my real world to be perfect...It is now. Thank you for your patience. The wait is over. I’m ready. Summer 2019."

It's definitely been a long time coming for Keri. In Feb. 2019, the singer explained her absence from the music scene, attributing it to mental health concerns. "I've lost some pivotal characters in the process of stepping away for my wellbeing," she said at the time. "Though I was prepared for the possibility that some wouldn't understand or lose faith in me as an artist while I dealt with the trials of my life, it still hurts. But I accept the fact that some relationships have just run their course."

It's unclear whether Hilson will be coming out with a single or a full LP at this time. Stay tuned for more announcements in the months to come.

 

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Today marks 10 years since the release of my first studio album, “In A Perfect World...” I didn’t mean to be gone so long, I only needed my real world to be perfect...it is now. Thank you for your patience. The wait is over. I’m ready. Summer 2019.

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