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Jay Z Defends Tidal In Twitter 'Stream Of Consciousness': 'Big Companies Are Spending Millions On A Smear Campaign'

27/04/2015 11:07 BST | Updated 30/04/2015 17:59 BST

Jay Z has hit out at critics of his music streaming service, Tidal, claiming there is a “smear campaign” against it in the media.

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Last month, some of the biggest names in music came together to help launch the new artist-owned program, with the hopes of bringing in more money for artists in the music industry than rival services like Spotify or Deezer.

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Some of the artists among the co-owners of Tidal

However, the lukewarm reaction to Tidal has probably been more comparable to a light drizzle than anything remotely tidal, though Jay Z has now sprung to its defence in a furious Twitter rant.

Writing on his page on Sunday, the rapper warned his followers that a “stream of consciousness” was coming, before setting the record straight about Tidal.

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Jay Z

He assured his followers that “Tidal is doing just fine”, adding: “The iTunes store wasn’t built in a day. It took Spotify 9 years to be successful…

“We are here for the long haul.”

Jay Z went on to hit out at what he dubbed a “smear campaign”, that is in place from “big companies that are spending millions”.

Since Tidal’s launch just under a month ago, it has featured exclusive music videos from both Beyoncé and Rihanna, two artists signed to Jay Z’s Roc Nation, who are also co-owners of the music streaming service, alongside Madonna, Calvin Harris and Alicia Keys.

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