If you want to listen to music from some of the most popular musicians in the world, then a new music service expects you to pay for it. Rap star Jay Z banded together with popular musicians like Rihanna, Jack White, Alicia Keys and country singer Jason Aldean to sign a "declaration."
The declaration is, it says, an attempt to "change music history." The New York Times explains how Jay Z plans to do that with Tidal, his new pay-only streaming service:
Jay Z’s plan is the latest entry in an escalating battle over streaming music, which has become the industry’s fastest-growing revenue source but has also drawn criticism for its economic model. Major record labels, as well as artists like Taylor Swift, have also openly challenged the so-called freemium model advocated by Spotify, which offers free access to music as a way to lure customers to paying subscriptions.
Most artists are unsatisfied with the revenue they get from services like Spotify. You may have seen headlines about Taylor Swift pulling her songs from the service, and Tidal could change that by doing one very important change.