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US CD Sales Plummet 31% in First Quarter While Music Streaming Rises

New music industry figures prove what we've all known for a while, CDs are out and music streaming is in. U.S. CD sales plummeted 31.5 percent in the first quarter of 2015 while music streaming largely made up the difference with a 23 percent rise.

Arcade Fire's Win Butler Blames Major Labels for "Ruining" Tidal's Business

Arcade Fire's Win Butler, and his wife and co-band leader Régine Chassagne, took part in the highly criticized celebrity launch of Jay Z's Tidal music streaming service, and while he's still a supporter, the indie artist admitted in an interview ...

Prince's Album 'HITNRUN' no Longer a Tidal Exclusive, Technically

No, you can't stream Prince's 'HITNRUN' anywhere but Tidal. Sorry Spotify fans. However, now you can purchase the physical CD directly from Jay Z's streaming service or one of the more established digital marketplaces such as Amazon or iTunes.

Prince Says "It's a Bad Time For Music," Cites Lack of Creativity

Prince has always been critical of the music industry, but usually that criticism is directed at labels and the bureaucratic, political machine that runs the industry, not the artists themselves. Now he's turned his eye to artists though and in an ...

Jay Z Joins Instagram, Makes First Post & Then Deactivates Account

Yesterday marked an important day in music history. All over the world, stars and fans of the late great "King of Pop," Michael Jackson, paid homage to the fallen icon in the form of social media messages for his birthday. In honor of the musical ...

Prince Compares Record Contracts To Slavery, Defends TIDAL

In a private meeting with 10 journalists at his Minneapolis studio on Saturday night, Prince discussed some of the hot topics on his mind in the music industry. No phones or recording devices where allowed in the studio at all, so only a few quotes ...

Birdman Sues TIDAL for $50 Million Over Lil Wayne's 'Free Weezy Album'

Though Birdman was just named in an indictment that alleges he was involved in a plot to kill Lil Wayne, he's showing no attempt to make amends with his former "son," who's still fighting to free himself from Cash Money Records. If that lawsuit ...

Neil Young Removes Music from Streaming Services, Cites Awful Audio

Neil Young has joined performers such as Taylor Swift and Prince in removing his music from the majority of streaming services, however he cites audio quality and not financial elements for the decision. The godfather of grunge has always been an ...

Jay Z's TIDAL Price Drops with Family Bundle Plans

TIDAL has announced it is offering a family plan with discounted prices as an attempt to try and lure new users to the service. Jay Z's streaming service is reacting to the moves by other services like Spotify, Apple Music and Rdio, which offer ...

Chicago 'Cloud Tax' Adding 9 Percent Charge to Audio and Video Streaming

Residents of Chicago are already well familiar with the city's taxes on various forms of entertainment, and now those taxes will be passed along to streaming services such as Spotify for music and Netflix for video. The "cloud tax" will be 9 percent.

Soundcloud Introduces 15,000 Play Limit on API Embedded Tracks

Amidst all of the pressure from other major streaming services like Spotify, Apple Music and TIDAL, Soundcloud has found itself struggling to keep up as it attempts to resolve its ability to monetize the content on its platform without alienating its ...

Lil Wayne's 'Deal' with Jay Z Just TIDAL Promotion; No Roc-A-Fella

Lil Wayne announced over the weekend that he had "signed a deal" with Jay Z, which had many predicting that Weezy's next chapter would be with Roc-A-Fella Records, once the current Cash Money lawsuit fiasco blows over. Alas, the rapper's manager ...

Hot 97's Summer Jam To Be Streamed Exclusively On Tidal

Hot 97's annual Summer Jam concert is right around the corner and Tidal just announced that the legendary festival will be streamed exclusively on the service.

Lil Wayne Drops New Song 'Glory' on TIDAL, Announced as New Co-Owner Alongside Jay Z, Beyonce

Lil Wayne is the latest big name musician to jump onto the Tidal wave. Yesterday (June 3), the "Start a Fire" rapper was announced as the latest co-owner of the streaming service and he debuted a new track "Glory" exclusively on the site ahead of the ...

Sony Music Has 'No Plans' To Pull Beyoncé From TIDAL Catalog

Contrary to prior rumors and reports, Beyoncé is not in jeopardy of having her catalogue of music pulled down from the music service she has invested in and the one her husband owns, TIDAL. This according to a statement by Sony Music CEO Doug Morris ...

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