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Written by | March 1, 2016 7:06 | No Comments

  Tidal may be in trouble again, as Jay Z’s streaming service is facing a $5 million lawsuit from Yesh Music, LLC and John Emanuel who plays in the band the American Dollar. For a service which was promising to take care of its artists and to pay every artist with a higher royalty rate than any other streaming service, it’s not a good sign.

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Written by | October 21, 2015 13:48 | No Comments

Yes, Prince, the cherry on top, was made to be here to support Tidal -a music streaming service so moribund, Jay Z forgot he was part owner as he attempted to dance his way around forgetting to get clearance for a sample on “Big Pimpin'”. But apparently he wanted to be the little man at the top of the Christmas Tree -like Barbra Streisand, all by himself and has bailed on the only possible reason to go.

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Written by | September 6, 2015 13:06 | No Comments

Crown – Jay Z – Years later, and I am beginning to think maybe I am underestimated Holy Grail. The problem with the album is it came out around the time of Yeezus and felt a little whatever in its shadow, but this song, with Travis Scott’s excellent hook, is actually pretty darn out there – B+

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Written by | August 5, 2015 12:38 | No Comments

What? After making so much noise about his Tidal streaming service, TechTimes is reporting that he is reporting he is planning an exit strategy? Is it a rumor or is the rapper giving up? Wow that would be Jay Z’s first failure? Actually with his Made in America festival cancelled downtown LA this year, it would be his second failure!

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Written by | June 5, 2015 12:13 | No Comments

‘This is not at all a stepping back — this is a reevaluation of the model of going from one location to two to three,’ told Budweiser VP of marketing Brian Perkins to Billboard. ‘We’re a very ambitious brand, and we have a very ambitious partner in Jay Z, who also dreams big. And we always want to do big, bold things with music under the moniker of Budweiser Made In America.’

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Written by | May 22, 2015 17:36 | No Comments

Back three years to opening night at the Barclay Center and the vibe around Jay Z’s performance is mammoth. I wish I was writing back in the “Fade To Black” reunion days… mow that was a concert. This one? It didn’t live up to the hype but what does, right? 2012, Hov was still a minority stock holder and Barclay Center was opening..

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Written by | May 14, 2015 5:57 | No Comments

Rap is not responsible for the decline of Christianity, on the contrary they push the God agenda all the time… but O’Reilly is a simple guy with huge blinders on each side of his big head… A decline of Christianity? I see that as a good thing, may be the product of more science in school curriculum?

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Written by | April 17, 2015 0:07 | No Comments

We wouldn’t have joined it anyway, even if they had asked. 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.’

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Written by | April 13, 2015 0:07 | No Comments

We still don’t know much about Tidal, but according to The Verge,Tidal reportedly offered millions of dollars and an equity stake to artists such as Coldplay, Rihanna, Daft Punk, Alicia Keys, Calvin Harris, Jack White, Madonna, Usher, Arcade Fire, Deadmau5,… in exchange of their exclusive conten

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Written by | April 10, 2015 0:07 | No Comments

I have never heard of a business enterprise whose main selling point was more money for the billionaire artists and not a thing for the consumers. What sort of business model is that? There are many things that might concern the average fan, but Beyonce not making enough money isn’t among them.

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Written by | April 5, 2015 0:08 | No Comments

There is a very simple test you can do on Tidal, it allows you to play five songs (you don’t pick the songs, and I got the Killers, James Blake, Daft Punk, the Eagles and the Dixie Chicks) using two sound sources A and B. You can switch back and forth between A and B during the short music sample, then determine which of the two is the high fidelity sound source. I was using my Macbook connected to a Logitech speaker system. I paid around $40 for them and they sound okay for me, but I did very badly at the test, I guessed 2 out of 5 correctly!! Not bad? Are they kidding?

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Written by | April 1, 2015 0:06 | No Comments

Jay Z recently purchased the streaming service for some $56 million and he wants to make it as a competitor to Spotify, or Rdio. Alicia called it the ‘beginning of a whole new era’,… but for whom exactly? A new era for Jay Z and Madonna to make even more money? What’s new exactly? A new sound? a better listening experience?

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Written by | January 23, 2015 0:04 | No Comments

If “We Can Be Together” sounded like a good trip (man, that Grace Slick can sing, how did you lose her cool?) it wasn’t, it was based on Black Panther’s war cry, “Up against the, motherfucker”) and from there it blows blues hot (try a terrific “Wooden Ships” and folk cool. Add on top two of the best songs, the title track and “Somebody To Love” and you have a career peak.

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Written by | January 15, 2015 0:06 | No Comments

“She is a terrific dancer – without the explicit moves best left for the privacy of her bedroom. Jay Z is a very shrewd businessman, but I wonder: Does it occur to him that he is arguably crossing the line from husband to pimp by exploiting his wife as a sex object”

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Written by | January 14, 2015 0:08 | No Comments

Rappers are still going strong even those I haven’t heard anything from for a long time, like Diddy ($60 million and $1.90 per second)! Beside this you have Calvin Harris ($66 million and $2.09 per second), Jay Z ($60 million and $1.90 per second), and Drake ($33 million and $1.05 per second)

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Written by | November 1, 2014 0:01 | No Comments

Sure, that was in the far past but it was real problems, and he had real problems, between jail and paparazzi, and pussies, no not that kind, the world accumulated on him and the problems mounted… 99 of them.

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Written by | August 31, 2014 0:02 | No Comments

[They needed something to] ignite that tour. It’s called a ‘Jedi mind trick.’ The Jedi mind trick fools you a lot of the time. So things you see, sometimes, are …. All I know is: everyone is talking about it. Ticket sales went up, Solange’s album sales went up 200% …’

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Written by | July 6, 2014 0:03 | No Comments

Whatever your taste and wherever it may or may not coincide with the free for all 4Knots festival at the Southside Seaport, still, nobody can deny the garage rocking , country hawking Those Darlins, a band I’ve planned on catching yp with for a coupla years now. And did I mention it is free? Saturday, July 12th 1pm – 8pm

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Written by | July 5, 2014 0:07 | No Comments

As promised, an annotated jay Z and Beyonce setlist plus a Spotify (except for bey’s last album mostly). Impressive… to a degree and they do go deep enough, right? Here and there they trade off songs (“Hard Knock” followed by “Pretty Huts”) and sometimes they have little run of songs, but it isn’t two separate shows: they comingle freely.

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Written by | 0:04 | No Comments

Ah, yes, reality. Now that the script writers of reality shows are suing for royalties the question as to what is real becomes murkier though Lennon’s “nothing is real” probably comes closest. And this sense of nothing is real invaded the music world this week.

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Written by | June 30, 2014 0:01 | No Comments

Nas Is Like… Nas – 1999, this was one of my fave tracks, the verse is all spit strong rap and choppy beat but the chorus is half a man and half amazing and my question is why does it sound so much like… A

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Written by | June 27, 2014 0:07 | No Comments

“the couple sang the rousing “Young Forever” before turning their backs to the audience to sing at the screen, which showed images of family life centering on the newest addition, daughter “Blue Ivy,” who they serenaded with “Halo.”

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Written by | June 25, 2014 0:03 | No Comments

The distribution services are still shaking out and until Apple finds a way to cut the major labels into Beats, it feels like Spotify’s game to lose, but the result is here in a diluted form. Jay Z will not make $2M off Holy Grail but from this tour? Figure once every one is paid, $25M mininum and the same for Bey. It is obvious that the way the Beatles retired from touring to make Sgt Pepper? It could never ever happen now

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Written by | June 21, 2014 0:05 | No Comments

But let’s imagine for a minute all the possibilities for other bands. If it would be very easy to imagine any entrée inspired by the Smashing Pumpkins, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Meat Loaf, Salt-N-Pepa, Spice Girls, the Black Eyed Peas, Korn

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Written by | June 5, 2014 0:05 | No Comments

Last year, Jay Z blew Timberlake away at Metlife, this year he will be gentler to his wife but still out for revenge after Beyonce bested Magna Cart… Holy Grail. So everybody and I mean everybody should bring their “a” game and then Hov will holla at em.

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Written by | May 27, 2014 0:08 | No Comments

Jim Crow was hurting the black population and racism was making the States look bad, so the Government gave the blacks some rights, stuck them in ghettos, cut off jobs, threw in hard drugs, cut off the supply of hard drugs, made the punishment for drugs worse than the punishment for murder, and mixed. Damn right I’d tell the Government to call me a nigger.

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Written by | May 26, 2014 0:06 | No Comments

Not only the line-up sucks big time, but the price is high: $200 for a 2-day pass and $629 for a VIP pass (against respectively $129 and $229 plus fee for the FYF fest). I wonder what you will get for these 600 bucks, champagne with Jay Z? Rather a beer I presume, because the festival is sponsored by Budweiser, a shitty beer for a shitty fest. Where is Solange when we need her?

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