TIDAL Hits 1m Subscribers and Announces Charity Concert

Though there was a huge blowout of news when TIDAL, the music streaming service owned and operated by JAY Z, was launched, there hasn’t really been anything to hear about since that Drake / Apple Music / Tidal beef back in August. That’s changed today though, with TIDAL today announcing Tidal X: 1020 – a charity concert to celebrate hitting one million subscribers.

With all proceeds going to a number of nonprofit organisations and movements dedicated to fighting social injustices, TIDAL should be commended for doing what they’re doing. The lineup is massive too, with artists like JAY Z and Beyonce (obviously), Nicki Minaj, Usher, Prince and Lil Wayne playing, as well as a bunch of other emerging artists. If you’re a TIDAL subscriber, you get the first chance at tickets here now, and everyone else can buy them on October 2nd at 12pm (U.S time). It’ll all also be live streamed for everyone at Tidal.com, where you can donate to the causes if you feel so inclined.

It’s a great cause, and should be an amazing concert, but is one million subscribers really something worth celebrating so much? Spotify has over 20 million subscribers worldwide, and over 75 million active users. When TIDAL was launched I got the impression that it was going to be the Spotify killer, with people choosing a service with more dedication to artists and royalties – but apparently not. I’m not trying to rain on any parades here, I just kind of imagined that they would’ve or should’ve hit a million a while ago – it has been a few months now. We’ll see where it goes anyway, maybe revisit that whole issue when it hits its first birthday.

Check the full lineup for the benefit concert here, and keep it locked here for all your TIDAL news.