Jay Z has enlisted Beyoncé, Prince, Nicki Minaj, Damien Marley, Usher, Lil Wayne and T.I. to perform on October 20 in Brooklyn at an event titled, “TIDAL X: 1020”.
The Roc Nation mogul announced earlier this week that one million people have signed up to use his celebrity owned streaming service and the concert will commemorate that achievement. Just for reference, Spotify has over 40 million subscribers, 10 million of which pay for their music streaming … but who’s counting? “TIDAL X: 1020” will also raise money for the New World Foundation charity so there’s that.
Tickets go on sale Friday, Oct. 2, at 12 p.m. ET for the general public and will be live-streamed on TIDAL.
Jigga has dealt with a fair share of public backlash over his handling of the streaming service. That criticism was birthed after the rapper appeared at a press conference with a dozen other wealthy musicians who complained in unison about their pockets being hurt by streaming services such as Pandora or Spotify. Their suggestion was for fans to pay double the price of the competitions’ subscriptions services to ensure musicians were making even more money off of their music.
While many understood the sentiment, Jay’s approach left many feeling like he and his rich friends were out of touch with their fan base.