Tidal has sold a one-third stake in its business to US mobile operator Sprint, as the under-pressure streaming service owned by the rap star Jay Z looks to compete against larger rivals Apple and Spotify in digital music.
Prince's 34th studio album opens up with a sample of the slo-mo vocals from "1999" and the sustained opening note and the "Dearly Beloved" psalm from "Let's Go Crazy" before first track "Million $ Show" kicks in. HitNRun Phase One then finds Prince exploring many genres over its 11 tracks.
"The Tides They Are-A Changing," Jay Z tweeted Sunday night, trumpeting the arrival of Tidal, the Swedish high-quality audio streaming service that the rapper recently purchased. Beyoncé, Kanye West, Jack White's Third Man Records, Rihanna, Jason Aldean, Madonna, Calvin Harris, Arcade Fire, Coldplay, Daft Punk, deadmau5 and Nicki Minaj are among those who have aligned with Tidal, changing their Twitter and Facebook profile photos to cyan blue in support of Jay Z's fledgling service.