Whoa, sit down. Hate to start Friday off with a mind explosion, but we don’t make the news around here, we just report it. And the news we’ve got to report today is that something bad is happening at Tidal. Yes, it appears that despite a public reputation for being totally calm and never messing anything up, there is some drama behind the scenes. Jay Z, who bought Tidal for a cool $56 million a little over a year ago, is reportedly preparing to sue the original owners for misleading him about how many subscribers the service had. Via The Guardian:
Lawyers for the musician turned millionaire businessman has reportedly written to venture capital firm Verdane and Scandinavian media conglomerate Schibsted saying they “significantly” exaggerated the service’s number of users.
The two companies sold Aspiro, which ran the WiMP streaming service that became Tidal, to a consortium led by Jay Z that also included “artist-owners” Madonna, Beyoncé and Rihanna for $57m (£40m) in March last year. Jay Z is said to be seeking about $15m, according to Norwegian media.
Jay Z’s lawyers are saying that they did an internal audit of Tidal’s subscriber base after acquiring the company and found that “the total number of subscribers was actually well below the 540,000 reported to us by the prior owners,” which would not mark the first time Tidal has promised something that it failed to deliver on.
This comes on the heels of some pyrrhic victories for Tidal, such as the legendarily messy launches of Rihanna’s ANTI and Kanye West’s The Life of Pablo, as well as their bumpy attempt to livestream Kanye’s Yeezy season three show at Madison Square Garden. However, Tidal says The Life of Pablo has netted 250 million streams since its debut, and that Tidal’s subscriber base is up to three million.
Jason is the cofounder of the iconic non-profit Invisible Children which was founded to increase awareness of the horrendous activities of the LRA in Central Africa. Jason was also the director of the iconic Kony 2012 film that took the world by storm. In this two-part interview Jason and Branden talk about what it means to create a movement, what Jason experienced during his breakdown and subsequent recovery, and Jason’s experience in the world of theater.
Aharon Rabinowitz is the head of marketing for Red Giant based in New York City. During our conversation, we discussed the importance of work life balance, his start as a production intern at Sesame Street and why artist’s feel personally offended when you reject their work.
United gets their cheap on, fake news, and Trump hired who?
Welcome to Episode IV. This week, Dan spends some time with his favorite singer/songwriter, Matthew Perryman Jones. Matthew and Dan talk about panic attacks, growing up in Atlanta, the way music is informed by pain and suffering and the way music gives freedom.
If you have spent any time watching television in the last decade you have most likely heard one of Mattew’s songs on shows like Grey’s Anatomy, Pretty Little Liars, One Tree Hill and many others. His insightful writing and voice have drawn comparisons to Leonard Cohen and Jeff Buckley, and he is on the short list of songwriters who skillfully weave the deeply philosophical and the vivid utterly human without ever losing sight of either.
To get his new album Cold Answer, (which features the three songs from him you heard on this episode), visit MPJmusic.com.
Branden sits down with writer and speaker Tyler Huckabee days after Donald Trump was elected President of the United States to talk about empathy, justice, listening, and where we go from here.
Special Election Edition, President Trump to legalized weed and everything in between.
This week we reflect on the election and discuss our strategies for staying sane.
Luca and Ilenia are the founders of Illo, a studio based in Turin, Italy. During our conversation, we discussed their self-driving video bot named Algo, how Illo was formed and how they’ve crafted a unique office culture.
This week we discuss Beyonce’s night at the CMAs, last minute election plans and how SNL might save us all.
We appreciate everyone sticking with us through this long hiatus but are planning our return even as we speak, with a bunch of new goodies and an updated format. In the meantime, here’s a brief primer on Marvel’s Sorcerer Supreme, Doctor Strange — just so you can go into the movie knowing what you’re getting yourself into.