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T.I. joins Jay Z’s Tidal as new artist owner

T.I. has joined forces with fellow rapper Jay Z to become the latest co-owner of the Tidal music streaming service.
The Empire State of Mind hitmaker purchased Tidal’s Scandinavian parent company Aspiro for $56 million (£40 million) in early 2015, and he subsequently recruited his wife Beyonce and famous friends like Madonna, Usher, Rihanna, Kanye West, Alicia Keys, and Nicki Minaj to take a stake in the online company.
Now T.I. has signed on as a new artist owner of Tidal, while also unveiling plans to distribute his upcoming album, The Dime Trap, through Jay Z’s Roc Nation record label.
T.I. announced the double dose of good news on Monday night (22Feb16), during a pop-up show in his hometown of Atlanta, Georgia, which was streamed live on Tidal.
“This is a very special moment for me and the whole Hustle Gang (his Grand Hustle Records crew),” the Whatever You Like star told the crowd at Greenbriar Mall. “If y’all don’t know, this does begin a new beginning for myself as an artist and for Hustle Gang as a company. We have partnered with Roc Nation, and I am part owner of Tidal.”
Other stars invested in Tidal include Daft Punk, Lil Wayne, Jason Aldean, Jack White, J. Cole, and Coldplay’s Chris Martin.
The subscription-based streaming app officially relaunched in March, 2015, and following a series of critical and technical setbacks, the service has recently surged in new members, thanks to a series of exclusive releases, like Rihanna’s new Anti album and Kanye West’s The Life of Pablo.

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