Beyonce’s Music May Be Dropped From Tidal If Jay Z Can’t Strike Sony Deal
UPDATE: In a statement released on June 1, Sony Music CEO Doug Morris says, “Jay Z is a friend and business associate for many years. I have always admired his business acumen, his entrepreneurship and his passion for music. All of our content, including Beyonce, is available through the Tidal service, and we have announced no plans to remove our catalog from Tidal. Like all of our other partners, we are rooting for Jay and Tidal to succeed.”
Sony is asking for a large cash advance in return for giving the streaming service the right to feature their artists’ music. If a deal can’t be reached, the pop star’s catalog could be removed from its database, along with other Sony artists. The ongoing dispute was revealed in a report from Bloomberg, which examines the ways Jay Z’s much-hyped project is falling short.
As Gossip Cop previously reported, the mogul and several other high-profile artists are co-owners of the app, which promises to deliver high-quality content to subscribers, but has faced criticism from fans and other artists for being too pricey. Jay Z defended Tidal last month, asking critics for more time before they judged Tidal as a failure. “The iTunes Store wasn’t built in a day,” he said. “It took Spotify 9 years to be successful. We are here for the long haul. Please give us a chance to grow & get better.”
But the mogul was hit with further backlash this week when Beyonce posted photo of the couple posing with Tidal staff at its headquarters in Norway. Everyone in the picture was white except for the two performers, something that enraged social media users in the wake of Jay Z’s Tidal concert two weeks ago, in which he compared his struggles with Tidal to those of black people. Now the Beyoncé music issue is only adding to the ongoing problems. What do you think of Tidal’s troubles?