According to the Wall Street Journal, Apple wants to buy Jay-Z’s Tidal streaming service. Jay-Z launched Tidal last year with the support of high profile artists like Jack White and Kanye West. Tidal scored a huge advantage over their competition when they acquired exclusive streaming rights to Prince’s music. The service offers artists greater profits because their music can only be heard via a paid subscription versus a service like Spotify which has free streaming as one option for subscribers. Read the whole article here.
Snoop Dogg’s “My Carz” is a J.Dilla production informed by Gary Numan’s “Cars.” It’s Long Beach and the Motor City connected through the love of automobiles via hip-hop. “My Carz” is on Snoop’s COOLAID album coming out July 1st. COOLAID is the follow-up to last year’s Bush and there are appearances from Wiz Khalifa, Trick Trick, Jazze Pha and more.
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Sheila E. talks to Billboard about the logistics of her amazing tribute to Prince at the BET Awards this year. There were initial plans to have Morris Day, Chaka Khan, Larry Graham and The Revolution but things did not work out on schedule. She also explains how she chose the songs and the challenge of their quick rehearsal time. Read the whole interview here.