Death Cab for Cutie’s Frontman Just Gave Jay Z the Ultimate F*ck You

Posted: April 23, 2015 by Kimberly Weiss in & Tips, Other Music News, Support, Promo, & Tips
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Tom Barnes's avatar image By Tom Barnes April 13, 2015

In a recent interview with the Daily Beast, Gibbard told the world how Jay Z should have handled Tidal’s revolution. In one quote, he revealed how farcical Jay Z’s streaming revolution really is.

“There was a wonderful opportunity squandered to highlight what this service would mean for artists who are struggling,” Gibbard told the Daily Beast. Jay Z could have made “a plea to people’s hearts and pocketbooks to pay a little more for this service that was going to pay these artists a more reasonable streaming rate. And they didn’t do it. That’s why this thing is going to fail miserably.”

Granted, Jay Z has promised that all artists that stream on Tidal would be “some kind of owner in it in some kind of way” — a turn of phrase which doesn’t inspire much confidence. Tidal executive Vania Schlogel has assured critics that “royalty rates will be higher than other services” in a talk at New York University’s Clive Davis Institute of Recorded Music. But this information has been all but buried by the star power of Tidal’s marketing campaign. The company has offered little to assure users of the veracity of these claims, which only adds to the perception that this revolution was orchestrated by the rich for the rich, as Gibbard frames it.

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Death Cab for Cutie’s Frontman Just Gave Jay Z the Ultimate F*ck You


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