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Jay-Z brings new Sprint-endorsed album '4:44' to Tidal and reignites debate over exclusivity

Jay-Z brings new Sprint-endorsed album '4:44' to Tidal and reignites debate over exclusivity

As if he’s not busy enough with his new twins, Beyoncé’s husband and the father of three Jay-Z announced Monday morning that he’ll be releasing his new album, “4:44,” on June 30.

The platinum-selling rapper and founder of the brand Roc Nation will deliver his first studio album in nearly four years through an exclusive arrangement with the streaming service he co-owns, Tidal, in partnership with one of its primary investors, the phone carrier Sprint.

The news was a marketing coup for Sprint and Tidal, and one with which Jay-Z is relatively familiar. His last work, 2013’s "Magna Carta Holy Grail," was first made available to customers of electronics company ...

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