Yesha Callahan

Rihanna’s Fan Calls Her Out For Being A Part of Tidal

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Not everyone is happy with their favorite singers now taking part in Tidal. Tidal, which was started by Jay Z, is the first music streaming service owned by artists, and has come under fire recently for their prices. With subscriptions ranging from 9.99 to 19.99, the higher level of service is more expensive than Spotify and Pandora. Also, some people feel that it won’t promote lesser known artists like other services.

Rihanna, who is one of the artist-owners, definitely has a few fans outraged and one posted his feelings on her Instagram page.


The funny thing about it, he’s not the only one who has expressed similar feelings. In defense of his company, Jay Z attempted to further explain the purpose of Tidal in an interview with The Fader.

How does TIDAL tend to shift its current perception as a pretentious, self-serving platform for the musical elite, to one referencing the brand essence of being all and for all artists?

“I guess by having a conversation, and telling people what it is. That opinion came before we even explained what it was — “This thing is horrible! … What is it?” You know? You never hear Tim Cook’s net worth whenever he tries to sell you something. Steve Jobs, God bless, he had to have been pretty rich — nobody’s ever said, “Oh, the rich getting richer! I won’t buy an iPhone!” Yeah, right. It’s not about being pretentious; again, this is a thing for all artists. You pay $9.99 for Spotify, so why not $9.99 for TIDAL. We’re not asking for anything else, we’re just saying that we’ll spread that money to artists more fairly. We’re not saying anything other than that, and we’re saying that we’re in a position to bring light to this issue. We’re using our power that way. And of course there are greater causes, of course. This is not mutually exclusive — there are other problems, real problems going on in the world. We don’t miss the problems; we try to take care of them all. Imagine the President: he has to take care of ISIS, gay rights, equal pay for women, discrimination — all at the same time! So, you can’t say “You started this site when you should be out in St. Louis!” It’s like, okay, J. Cole is out in St. Louis. I wasn’t in St. Louis, but I was in the governor’s office. Because, we can march all day long but if the laws don’t change, then we’ll be marching again and it’ll just be a different slogan on the shirt, and that’s a greater tragedy as well. Everyone has to play their part, everyone has to do different things, and it all has to happen at the same time,” Jay Z stated.

Basically, more money for the starving artists, who really aren’t starving. But those indie artists? Well, they’ll have to continue to eat ramen noodles from Pathmark.

  1. April 2, 2015 - Reply

    If you don’t like it, don’t support it. Its as simple as that. Being loud and boisterous about what artist do gets us no where but hitting them in the pocket collectively does sends a loud and clear message. Similar to how I don’t support black women bashers like Lil Wayne and Kevin Hart. Not saying that my lack of support will collapse them but enough people fed up with accepting dumb bull will hurt eventually.

    • April 2, 2015 - Reply


      I am actually glad comments like jayleh’s are being posted where these celebs can read them. Jay Z’s reply is a rambling mess, their second mistake was assigning him as their spokesman.

      • April 2, 2015 - Reply


        Truth be told, i cried when I read that comment but I also know they aren’t getting a nickel from me. So yea, a mix of snarky comments and zero support i like… 🙂

        • April 3, 2015 - Reply


          exactly. make a big ol joke of it.

      • April 2, 2015 - Reply


        Him over here talking about water is free but ppl pay $6 for it, yeah at Disney and free water? If you own a well I guess.

        • April 2, 2015 - Reply


          lol @ Jay’s bad analogies and logic. And others here are right, people will subscribe to this and brag about it, too.

          Someone on twitter asked if tidal will wash Iggy Azalea back to Australia and i fell out.

          • April 2, 2015 - Reply


            “Someone on twitter asked if tidal will wash Iggy Azalea back to Australia and i fell out.”

            LMBO!!!! I can’t breathe!

          • April 3, 2015 - Reply


            This isn’t worse than Barney’s. It’s funny what people choose to get mad over. SMH.

        • April 2, 2015 - Reply


          LOL. You are keeping it all the way real and I respect that.

    • April 2, 2015 - Reply


      This whole scenario reminds me of when people were bitching over NETFLIX raising its prices, as if NETFLIX was some kind of human right and not a luxury good. These artists didn’t like the royalty sharing of one streaming service, so they’ve banded together to create another. It’s as simple as that. This entitlement that some of these whiners have to streaming popular music on demand for free is a lot worse than these artists trying to milk more money for their own damn work.

    • April 2, 2015 - Reply


      You hit it on the head. I’m the same way. I don’t go along with the trends.

      Educated spenders are the worse nightmare for businesses.

    • April 2, 2015 - Reply


      You are correct, an I for one will not give them a dime of my hard earned money

      However, this person has a right to his opinion, no matter how vulgar and loud.

      So let me get this right, the fans of these artist are suppose to be happy at the fact they are being asked to pay artist who are very wealthy even more money? And for what?

      Do these rich artist realize that a fair amount of their fan base, are working class people who have to put money aside for purchase of concert tickets, let alone pay a monthly fee, which is just for the privilege of having their music.


  2. April 2, 2015 - Reply

    I don’t understand why people are complaining. There is an easy fix…don’t support it. I wouldn’t pay the outrageous prices Tidal is asking for. Stop whining and spend your money where you want to. Numbers speak louder than words when it comes to business. Jay-Z and other artists know people will spend their money on Tidal. Also, they know that the average consumer is too stupid to manage where their money is going and if the product they are purchasing is worth it.

    I may be wrong but it’s what I believe.

  3. April 2, 2015 - Reply

    Dear Clutch,

    I can’t believe y’all posted this nonsense.

  4. April 2, 2015 - Reply

    This debate will continue. There should be a balance between the artists’ right to promote their content and the customers’ right to have the choice to buy whatever music that he or she wants to. Tidal came in response in part, because many artists didn’t like the free musical downloads from many years ago. Also, record labels and corporate power structures (not the customers or even entities like Pandora or Spotify) have to do with how some artists are not truly compensated for their art. I found out Tidal charges more if people want greater quality. If people don’t like Tidal, they don’t have to buy it. Yet, Tidal is not going to change the wheel in my view (I could be wrong) since the Tidal deal is not going against the corporate bosses per se (who orchestrated many of the bad music deals in the first place).

    • April 3, 2015 - Reply

      Does that mean that the sound quality on Tidal is so much better than Google Play? Like, studio quality or what? When I listen to Bey, will I hear Blue Ivy’s nanny in the other room?

      • April 3, 2015 - Reply


        I don’t know if the sound quality will be better than Google Play. I do know that Tidal says that it has Hi Fi sound. We will have to wait and see what Tidal will materialize into.

        Have a Great Day Sister.

  5. April 2, 2015 - Reply

    It amazes me that people are angry at Tidal and not the record execs responsible for pimping artists into creating the junk music that’s polluting the airwaves. SMH

  6. April 2, 2015 - Reply

    I already have Spotify, why would I pay for this? Furthermore, the individual successes of Black entertainers have no impact whatsoever on Black people collectively. Seeing a Black face doesn’t necessarily mean something for RACIAL PROGRESS, as much as for the progress of that particular entertainer. Unless a Black artist is socially conscious on some level and/or has something substantial to contribute, I try to separate their individual success from the social conditions that most black people have to live under. Black Tokens selling out and making racist and sexist crap so that THEY can get rich represent absolutely NOTHING positive for me and my life as black woman. Absolutely nothing. Period.

  7. April 3, 2015 - Reply

    Nobody has Google Play. I love my Google Play for $9.99! I can download my music to my 30gb sd card and play it while I work out. Why would I pay 20 dollars for this? Only a stan would pay this, fortunately they have plenty of stans.

  8. April 3, 2015 - Reply

    With this new business exploitation–I mean, business project, I am now starting to form an opinion about Jay-Z and it is not a favorable one.
    With his clothing deal at Barney’s, the shoplifting incident, the backlash, his “my presence is charity” comment and now this, I am getting a sense that Jay-Z is now trying to cater to the upper-class of society. I think he has accepted the “Rich people buy more…” myth and he is now trying to cater to them.

  9. April 3, 2015 - Reply

    If you don’t like it don’t support it. In the mean time stockpile whatever you can from youtube before they take everything down. Maybe we’ll all go back to recording songs off the radio with cassette tapes lol

  10. April 5, 2015 - Reply

    People seem to forget before spotify, YouTube, pandora, and all other ways to stream music we had the radio, bootleg cd’s, and illegal music downloading sites like likewire. Jay-z and whoever else can try and dig in people pockets to support the “starving artist” (lol) but it will be a failed attempt if you don’t allow it. You don’t HAVE to purchase anything. One thing I do know is that the radio will always be available and the bootleg man is still on Flatbush and church ave selling those cd’s so I ain’t worried no one else should either!!

  11. April 5, 2015 - Reply

    If you don’t like Tidal, then don’t support.

    I’m not sure what their business model is compared to the competition. It’s hard to compete with FREE streaming services such as Spotify or TuneIn Radio or other similar apps. I guess we’ll have to wait and see…

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