50 Cent Explains Why Tidal Is a Flop

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Rapper 50 Cent is the latest musician to speak out against Jay Z’s $9.99-per-month artist-owned music-streaming service, Tidal.

Jay Z debuted Tidal in March 2015 with a star-studded line up of superstars like Usher, Rihanna, Nicki Minaj, Madonna, Kanye West, Daft Punk, Arcade Fire, Beyoncé, Deadmau5 and many others.

Jamie McCarthy/Getty Images for Roc Nation

Jamie McCarthy/Getty Images for Roc Nation

50 Cent was asked his thoughts on the new over hyped music streaming service at an interview with Los Angeles radio station REAL 92.3, During the interview 50 Cent Explains Why Tidal Is a Flop. And it makes perfect sense.

“They probably could’ve did something more exciting if they reached out, because the people you saw there don’t even own the rights to their music,”

50 Cent


“So they can’t say it’s gonna come out of Tidal. It has to go everywhere.”

50 Cent


“Why would you actually buy Tidal to get something that would be everywhere else?”

50 Cent


Essentially, 50 Cent is saying dont pay $9.99 a month for music that will be available elsewhere for free, such as competitor music streaming service like, iTunes, Pandora, and Spotify.

Death Cab for Cutie singer and one half of electronic duo The Postal Service Ben Gibbard told The Daily Beast in April:

I think they totally blew it by bringing out a bunch of millionaires and billionaires and propping them up onstage and then having them all complain about not being paid. That’s why this thing is going to fail miserably.

Ben Gibbard


If anything, it seems like Tidal will drive more people back to pirated sites and torrent sites to download music for free.

Up and coming EDM artists and DJs (not yet millionaires) will be the ones to suffer as a result, Will Tidal end up setting emerging artists back?

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