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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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According to The Hollywood Reporter, NYT writer Rukmini Callimachi and director Yoruba Richen will explore Taylor’s story, including the investigation into her death.

The 26-year-old EMT was shot and killed in March by Louisville Metro Police officers while sleeping in her apartment. LMP Sgt. Jonathan Mattingly, officer Myles Cosgrove, and Brett Hankison, have yet to be charged or arrested for killing Taylor. Hankison was fired from the police department last month.

The no-knock warrant that police claim they were executing at the time of the fatal shooting, was a part of a larger gentrification plan, lawyers for Taylor’s family argued in a legal complaint filed last week in connection with an ongoing lawsuit against the officers.

Taylor had no criminal history. According to the legal papers, narcotics investigators were “deliberately misled”  to her home by a police squad. A spokesperson for Louisville Mayor Greg Fischer has denied the allegations.

While it’s unclear when Taylor’s story will be featured on The New York Times Presents, the first episode in the series, premieres on Friday (July 10). The episode covers the doctors and nurses working in New York at the height of the COVID-19 outbreak. Episode two, which follows 24-year-old recording artist, Dominic Fike, premieres on Friday, August 7.

 

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Young Thug Blasts Pusha T For Dissing Drake On Leaked Pop Smoke Song

Young Thug isn’t mincing words when it comes to his opinion on Pusha T dissing Drake on a leaked song that was set to appear on Pop Smoke’s posthumous album, Shoot for the Stars, Aim for the Moon.

After the song, “Paranoia,” surfaced online this past weekend, Thugger made it clear that he didn’t know King Push was going to diss Drake on the track, which features him and Gunna.

“I don’t respect the Pusha T verse on the song with me and Gunna [because] I don’t have [nothing] to do with ya’ll beef nor does Gunna, and if I knew that was about him I would’ve made changes on our behalf..the rapper s**t so gay,” Thugger wrote on his Instagram Story early Tuesday (July 7).

“Don’t feel bad, NOBODY knew what the verse was [about],” Pusha responded in one of multiple posts accusing Drake of snitching to the record label to get the song pulled from Pop Smoke's album. “The label heads that stopped it didn’t even know. They ONLY ASSUME because HE [Drake] TOLD them! The same way HE TOLD [about] the Ross ‘Maybach 6’ verse. And if HE’LL TELL record executives [about] rap verses, God only knows what else HE’LL TELL! I don’t deal in police work, police rappers or police n**gas!!!!"

AYO PUSHA T IS SNAPPINNN ON YOUNG THUG RIGHT NOW 😭😭😭 pic.twitter.com/3VHgeg9xFp

— King Wow (@wowthatshiphop) July 7, 2020

Thugger went back on Instagram and blasted Pusha for having a “weak” verse.

“First of all your verse is 7 days…that muthafucka’ weak,” he said. “Second of all, you already went crazy the first time...it an’t nothing but a sucka [move]... going on double takes, triple takes, and quadruple takes. You should’ve just got all of it out when you put the first song out.

“You didn’t even have to do all that. You just felt like you wasn’t gonna get enough views on your own s**t so you came and put some bulls**t on a n**gga' who’s resting in peace’s music. Trying to f**k up a n**ga' a whole vibe. Why the f**k you ain’t do that s**t on your own song?” ”

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On “Paranoia,” the Virginia MC goes at Drake for making “empty threats,” and his tendency to rap in different accents.

“You know reality bites, it’s chess, not checkers,” raps Pusha. “Those empty threats only sound good on your records/If the patois is not followed by a Blocka/It’s like Marked for Death Screwface, without the choppa/Let ’em rush the stage when you made like Sinatra/Only to hide the blade flyin’ back through LaGuardia/I might even buy a home out in Mississauga [Canada].”

Pusha previously dissed Drake on 2018’s , “The Story of Adidon,” where he revealed to the world that the Toronto rapper had a son. Drake later admitted that he had a son on the track “Emotionless” off his Scorpion album.

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