Beyoncé and Jay-Z's Collaborative Album Launches on Apple Music After Two Days of Tidal Exclusivity

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  1. MacRumors macrumors bot


    Apr 12, 2001

    On Saturday, Beyoncé and Jay-Z launched a new collaborative album called "Everything is Love" exclusively to Tidal subscribers, the streaming service that Jay-Z owns. Just under two days later, Everything is Love has now launched on Apple Music, Spotify Premium, and Amazon Music Unlimited, making this a very short timed exclusive for Tidal (via Variety). In two weeks, the album will be available on Spotify's free tier.

    In relation to Apple Music, The Carters have had a somewhat rocky relationship with Apple's streaming music service. Beyoncé's "Lemonade" album never launched on Apple Music and remains available for Apple customers only as a $17.99 paid download in iTunes. Although Jay-Z quietly removed many of his albums from Apple Music in April 2017, most eventually came back, and his own album "4:44" had one week of Tidal exclusivity before appearing on Apple Music last summer.


    Tidal has had a rough couple of months as well, beginning with a report last December that claimed the company was facing money problems due to "stalled" user growth, and could run out of working capital in six months. Nearly six months later, Norwegian news site Dagens Næringsliv reported that Tidal was months behind on its royalty payments to record labels.

    Furthermore, Tidal last month confirmed to its customers that it was investigating a "potential data breach" on the platform. The company said it had gone so far as to hire an "independent, third party cyber-security firm" to find out what happened. It's still unknown how widespread the potential breach was and what aspects of Tidal users' data might have been compromised. Tidal CEO Richard Sanders said that the company would share the results of the security firm's discoveries "once completed."

    Amid the turmoil, Tidal exclusives have grown short or ended completely, as with Kanye West's latest album "ye," which launched on Apple Music, Spotify, and Tidal on the same day. In 2016, West launched "The Life of Pablo" as a Tidal exclusive, but eventually allowed the full album to stream on Apple Music and other services.

    Years later, West reportedly sought to end Tidal's exclusivity rights over his new music and break from the service. West claimed he was owed "more than $3 million" because his album "resulted in 1.5 million new subscribers to Tidal, for which he was supposed to get a bonus", but Tidal never paid. At the time of those claims, sources close to West said the artist successfully ended exclusivity rights with Tidal and cited "Tidal's failure to honor its financial obligations."

    Tidal's subscriber base isn't known, but it is believed to be much smaller than Apple Music (50 million including those on free trials) and Spotify Premium (75 million). Major exclusives like The Carters' new album likely help increase the company's paid subscriber count for both its $9.99/month standard sound quality tier and $19.99/month Hi-Fi tier, despite the short exclusivity window. Still, with a 30-day free trial and no confirmation of subscriber numbers, it's unclear how many new users will stick around.

    Tidal subscribers will have one advantage over other users, since the bonus track "Salud" remains a Tidal exclusive.

    Article Link: Beyoncé and Jay-Z's Collaborative Album Launches on Apple Music After Two Days of Tidal Exclusivity
  2. AngstyKylo macrumors member


    Jan 17, 2018
    London UK
    Would have been funnier if Apple and Spotify just ignored them.
  3. stukdog macrumors 6502

    Oct 20, 2004
    If there is a link to the album on Apple Music, I don't see it in that article:

    Clean version here.
    Explicit version here.
  4. Expobill macrumors 6502a

    May 30, 2018
    Who are they?
    Do they write symphonies or own and compose via a harpsichord?
    I’m excited about Sniff’n the tears new album after a 17 year break.
  5. dan9700 macrumors 68020


    May 28, 2015
  6. nfl46 macrumors 604

    Oct 5, 2008
    Yes! This is on repeat!

    Queen Bey!
    --- Post Merged, Jun 18, 2018 ---
    I'm sure you're joking. Everyone knows who Beyoncé is.
  7. 69Mustang macrumors 603


    Jan 7, 2014
    In between a rock and a hard place
    A bluegrass duo that features a rockabilly twang with a little bit of country/rap fusion reminiscent of Florida Georgia Line meets Soggy Bottom Boys meets Stray Cats.
  8. yg17 macrumors G5


    Aug 1, 2004
    St. Louis, MO
    No thank you, I would rather listen to Fran Drescher and Yoko Ono cover Bjork songs.
  9. Scottsoapbox macrumors 6502a


    Oct 10, 2014
    Is two days of exclusivity meaningful?

    I know many people want everything now now now, but seriously: does this change anyone's mind on their chosen streaming service?
  10. IPPlanMan macrumors regular

    Dec 25, 2009
    2 Day Exclusivity....


    Tidal should just close up shop now. It’s never going anywhere meaningful.
  11. Saipher macrumors demi-god


    Oct 25, 2014
  12. Zoboomafoo macrumors 6502

    May 22, 2002
    Yay you’re clever because you say you don’t know Beyoncé or jay z. Yay clever!
  13. Bswails macrumors regular

    Jul 28, 2016
    If tidal priced its service like the others I would give it a shot..I have a family Apple Music plan I would have to spend WAY to much for something similar on tidal..either way salute to the Carters!
  14. thadoggfather macrumors G3


    Oct 1, 2007
    Lol 2 days!

    Did these guys think they would be as desperate as they are for as popular as they are?

    I’m assUming not
  15. xero9 macrumors 6502a

    Nov 7, 2006
    Not that I really care about their music, but I find it troubling that it’s not available on Apple Music in Canada. I didn’t realize the libraries differed..
  16. Krayzkat macrumors 6502a


    Apr 22, 2011
    Only has a 2 day exclusivity on his own music streaming business? That's a bit embarrassing....
  17. 78Bandit macrumors 6502


    Jun 13, 2009
    It matters if you don't know how long the exclusive period is. IIRC, some of the previous exclusives for entertainers like Kanye West or Taylor Swift were weeks long if not a month or more. That would be more than enough to get fans to sign up for a different streaming service.
  18. Bswails macrumors regular

    Jul 28, 2016
    It’s like 2 songs that have that kind of “Trap” feeling.
  19. Scottsoapbox macrumors 6502a


    Oct 10, 2014
    Fans could also do the crazy fan thing of actually buying their music. :eek:
  20. Expobill macrumors 6502a

    May 30, 2018
    Oh, they sing that there song: “I’m gonna brush my tooth.....for sallie leeeeeeeeee!”
    --- Post Merged, Jun 18, 2018 ---
    I really don’t... ah, the benefits of not having a cell phone!
    I do prefer Donna summers tho
  21. whyamihere macrumors 6502


    Jun 30, 2008
    Truly exclusive. Now only a dozen people worldwide will ever get to listen to the bonus track "Salud"
  22. Mike MA macrumors 68000

    Mike MA

    Sep 21, 2012
    Of course they did. They also want them to be streamed by a significant amount of people, right?
  23. iapplelove macrumors 601


    Nov 22, 2011
    East Coast USA
  24. Xenc macrumors 65816


    May 8, 2010
    London, England

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