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According To T-Pain, This Is What It Takes For Artists To Earn $1 From Streaming Giants

If “for your information” was a person, it might as well be T-Pain (at least in this case). On Dec. 29, the musical genius took to Twitter to share how many streams an artist has to rack up to profit one dollar. Just so you know…… — T-Pain (@TPAIN) December 29, 2021 According to his post, Napster pays artists more money per stream with 53 plays per one dollar payout, and YouTube music ranked last with 1,250 plays per one dollar payout. The chart also claimed that collecting one dollar in royalties requires 78 streams for streaming giant TIDAL, 128 for Apple Music, 156 for Deezer , 249 for Amazon Music, 315 for Spotify, and 752 for Pandora.

Samantha Dorisca

Dec 30, 2021

Jack Dorsey Reveals Diverse Line Up Of Board Members For Bitcoin Endowment With Jay-Z

Twitter co-founder and Block CEO Jack Dorsey just announced the official board members of his bitcoin development endowment in collaboration with Hip-Hop royalty Jay-Z. As previously reported by AfroTech, Dorsey has expressed interest in the power of bitcoin and other forms of cryptocurrency. He will now put some action behind the talk of using the digital form of currency to leverage his business. Jack Dorsey is following through on his commitment with Jay-Z to pledge 500 BTC to set up ₿trust, an endowment to fund bitcoin development focusing on teams based in Africa and India. When AfroTech first told you the news in February 2021, Dorsey mentioned needing three board members, but he’s now announced four. The team will take zero direction from Dorsey and Jay-Z when getting started.

Shanique Yates

Dec 16, 2021

TIDAL Stays Committed To Jay-Z’s Blueprint For Better Supporting Artists With Rollout Of New Features

TIDAL is finishing what it started when it comes to better supporting artists, and they’re adding more plans too. On Nov. 16, the streaming service announced a free tier for the first time, exclusive to U.S. -based listeners, The Verge reports. Subscribers will have free access to TIDAL’s 80 million song catalog and their entire playlist selection with limited interruptions. The platform will be using the interruptions to educate consumers on the music industry. TIDAL HiFi has also been upgraded, which is now split into two separate plans. The standard paid plan offers high-fidelity audio and offline listening with new features including TIDAL Connect and My Activity, for $9.99 a month. TIDAL HiFi Plus — the new third plan — is a $19.99 a month subscription that will have the “best-in-class immersive sound formats,” including Dolby Atmos and Sony 360 Audio tracks, according to the company. The company’s latest evolution doesn’t just stop at subscribers’ satisfaction, but will also...

Ngozi Nwanji

Nov 17, 2021

Jay-Z's Marcy Venture Partners Closes Its Second Fund With $325M

It’s no secret that Hip-Hop’s first billionaire Jay-Z is always where the money resides, and that goes for Jay-Z’s Marcy Venture Partners as well. TechCrunch reports, The “Hard Knock Life” rapper’s venture capital firm Marcy Venture Partners — co-founded with Jay Brown (former Roc Nation CEO) and Larry Marcus (Walden VC general partner) — has just closed its second fund with an impressive $325 million. As AfroTech previously reported early last year, the firm’s first fund was a whopping $85 million and signaled the start of new investments. Now, according to TechCrunch, Jay-Z’s Marcy Venture Partners is “now managing $600 million in assets altogether,” says the group’s co-founder Larry Marcus. The trio’s mission is to drive the consumer and mass-market to allow culture to transcend across products, services, media and technology. Marcy Venture Partners prides itself in filling its portfolio with companies that are run by minorities and women pushing forward its key values, which...

Samantha Dorisca

Oct 26, 2021

Jay-Z Finalizes Deal, Sells TIDAL To Square For $302M

Jay-Z no longer owns TIDAL. According to Rap-Up, the hip hop great-turned-business mogul has finalized the deal to sell the streaming service to the Jack Dorsey-owned Square for a hefty $302 million. The deal turns over the majority of the shares of TIDAL to Square, thus fully releasing Hova of all financial responsibilities of the app. Dorsey first announced that Square would be acquiring TIDAL last month. So now that Jay-Z no longer owns TIDAL, what does that mean for his interest in the company? Well, for starters, even though he no longer owns the majority stake in the company (Square got 80 percent of the company in the deal), Hova (real name: Shawn Carter) will join Square’s Board of Directors, while Square executive Jesse Dorogusker will lead in the interim until a new Head of TIDAL is found. And even though Square will now own the licensing deals with the major record labels, the existing shareholders — a music industry who’s who that includes the likes of Beyoncé, Rihanna,...

Jay-Z's Tidal Sells $297M Majority Stake to Square to Find New Ways to Support Music Artists

Jay-Z’s music streaming giant Tidal is joining forces with Jack Dorsey’s financial services company Square in a monumental move that’s innovating the music industry for artists’ benefit. Billboard broke the news this morning after reporting that Square will be paying $297 million in a mix of cash and stock to acquire a majority stake in the company. In exchange, Jay-Z will join Square’s board of directors while Square’s hardware lead Jesse Dorogusker will serve as the interim head of Tidal once the deal is finalized. At the close of this deal, artist stakeholders who initially partnered with Jay-Z and Tidal will maintain ownership stakes in the streaming service. According to a series of tweets from Dorsey, this deal allows both parties to brainstorm new ways to support artists in a time where touring is not able to resume at regular capacity amid the pandemic. It comes down to a simple idea: finding new ways for artists to support their work. New ideas are found at the...

Njera Perkins

Mar 4, 2021

Is Jay-Z Selling Tidal to Jack Dorsey's Square?

Not many heads turned when Jack Dorsey and Jay-Z were spotted hanging out in the Hamptons this past August. However, now, there’s much talk about Dorsey’s Square, Inc. reportedly acquiring Jay-Z’s music streaming service Tidal. According to Bloomberg, negotiations are being held to push for diversity for the platform. The music mogul acquired Tidal for $56 million in early 2015, and an unidentified source believes the sale to be imminent. Currently, Tidal struggles to outpace or even keep up with other music-streaming services. Its main draw, besides Hov’s extensive catalog, is its exclusive access to runway shows, the RapRadar podcast, and other live stream series. Still, it hasn’t gained massive popularity like Spotify and Apple Music.   View this post on Instagram   A post shared by TIDAL (@tidal) Bloomberg reports that Dorsey’s intentions are to develop several stand-alone brands under the Square umbrella. As a result, if Square acquires Tidal, it will only help broaden the...

Niki McGloster

Dec 29, 2020

TIDAL Partners With Facebook to Give You a Front Row Seat to VR Concerts

Though concert halls are closed and artists have stopped touring, you can still get a front-row seat to some amazing musical experiences. TIDAL has partnered with Facebook’s virtual reality platform Oculus “to bring live, immersive, and intimate music performances straight into people’s homes,” the press release says. Oculus Quest headsets, much like Facebook, help connect people with each other and the world through innovative, world-class VR hardware and software. View this post on Instagram A post shared by Meta Quest (@metaquest) The global music streaming service and social media titan wants fans to feel like they’re standing in the crowd at exclusive performances with VR, high-quality audio, and 2D video. The concerts will be available via virtual reality in the Venues app (found in the Oculus Quest) and in 2D video and high-quality audio in TIDAL. “At a time when livestreamed performances are seen as the new norm, TIDAL’s partnership with Oculus provides music lovers an...

Niki McGloster

Sep 18, 2020

JAY-Z, Beyoncé, Lil Wayne and More to Perform 'At Home with Tidal'

In lieu of recent changes to normal life, artists have found creative ways to entertain the masses. This week, Tidal joins the fun. The global streaming service is launching “ At Home with Tidal, ” a series of free, daily live streams for music fans. Essentially, Tidal is digging through its digital crates to give exclusive live performances of the hottest artists in music, including Tidal owner JAY-Z, Beyoncé, Lil Wayne, and J. Cole. Starting today (March 25), viewers can enjoy 12-hour live streams of uninterrupted sets. And honestly, the lineup is exceptional. It spans R&B, Hip Hop, Latin, Pop, and Electronic genres. The full schedule is as follows: Wednesday (3/25) – Latin Featuring Jennifer Lopez, Daddy Yankee, CNCO, Romeo Santos, and more Thurs (3/26) – Pop Featuring Lizzo, Rosalia, The Chainsmokers, Bazzi, Dermot Kennedy, and more Friday (3/27) – Electronic Featuring deadmau5, Daft Punk, Kaskade, Marshmello, Cashmere Cat, and more Saturday (3/28) – Hip Hop Featuring JAY-Z,  J....

Niki McGloster

Mar 25, 2020

Jay-Z's Tidal Offers Discount for Former Subscribers to Return

If your free trial is up and you’ve exited streaming service, Tidal, recently, hip hop billionaire Jay-Z may or may not have taken notice. According to Black Enterprise , the artist-owned music platform is now offering former users a discount upon their return. In 2015, Tidal made a historic launch when A-list celebrities signed a Tidal declaration. Among those that signed were Rihanna, Kanye West, Beyoncé , Usher, Alicia Keys, and more. Music Business Worldwide revealed that — for the U.S. — Tidal recorded an operating loss of $36.7 million along with a net loss of $36.9 million in 2018. In 2019, Jay-Z headed back to streaming service giant, Spotify, after removing his work from both Spotify and Apple in 2017. Spotify welcomed Jay back with open arms and even announced it via their Instagram on his birthday. Happy birthday, Hov ? Welcome back to Spotify. — Spotify (@Spotify) December 4, 2019 Fast Forward to today and things still...

Devin Crudup

Mar 10, 2020

3 Ways T.I. is Using His Grand Hustle to Scale His Career

T.I. is known for the bars he spits, but his entrepreneurial spirit is what fuels his grand hustle. He’s been called the “Jay-Z of the South,” and he has the entrepreneurial roots to back it up. At five-years-old, T.I. set out to sell candy  to his classmates and hasn’t looked back. T.I.’s net worth is $50 million, according to Celebrity Net Worth, and the future looks promising. Here is a peek into the Atlanta native’s business endeavors: Tech Cypha T.I. and his longtime business partner, Jason Geter, co-founder of Grand Hustle, launched Tech Cypha , a syndicated investment company that aims to bridge hip hop culture and technology. The company’s first investment went to Culture Genesis, a digital studio based in L.A. “We had a general interest in technologies, specifically technology that catered to our lifestyle, to our culture, that spoke to us, that provided services that could be you know coupled with the things we do wear and speak everyday and Culture Gene has very very...

Devin Crudup

Feb 11, 2020