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What Jay Z's Tidal can and cannot do for musicians
What Jay Z's Tidal can and cannot do for musicians

The platinum-selling recording artists behind the splashy relaunch of Tidal, a high-fidelity online music service, emphasized that it would be better for musicians than other streaming services have been -- a thinly veiled reference to Spotify and Pandora, which offer unlimited amounts of ad-supported listening for free. It may very well be better for Tidal's A-list owners, whose ranks include Jay Z, Kanye West, Rihanna, Beyonce and Madonna. But Tidal will have a considerably harder time improving the lot of rank-and-file performers and songwriters who don't have shares in the company. The main problem for recording artists isn't that streaming services share too little of...

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