It was launched with much fanfare and a little help from Kanye West, Rihanna and Coldplay earlier this week.
Now Tidal has just got another boost after Beyonce released her new single ‘Die With You’ on Jay Z’s streaming service.
In the three minute-long video, Beyonce performs a stripped back version of the song and sings acoustic as she plays the piano. At the end of the video Beyonce gets up from the piano and turns the camera to show that her husband Jay Z has been the one filming all along.
The 33-year-old “Drunk in Love” singer announced the new track by posting the video on Instagram with the caption “Die With You. TIDAL.com”. The video was released yesterday to mark Beyonce and Jay Z’s seventh wedding anniversary, the pair married on 4 April 2008.
Tidal aims to provide high quality streaming and offers subscribers access to 25 million tracks, 75,000 music videos and other content including artist interviews for £19.199 per month. The service is available in North America and Europe.
Jay Z hopes that Tidal will benefit musicians by being the first major artist-owned streaming service and is a rival to Spotify.
Musicians against Spotify
Musicians against Spotify
1/10 Taylor Swift
Taylor Swift does not what her work to be used as an 'experiment' by Spotify and believes that artists are treated unfairly. She withdrew her entire catalogue in November 2014.
2/10 Thom Yorke
The Radiohead frontman famously described Spotify as 'the last desperate fart of a dying corpse' in October 2013.
3/10 David Byrne
David Byrne of Talking Heads wrote about not understanding Spotify's claim of discovery in a Guardian op-ed. 'The inevitable result would seem to be that the internet will suck the creative content out of the whole world until nothing is left,' he said.
Beck dismissed the Spotify model as 'not working' because of how little it pays musicians. He added that the 'saddest thing' about streaming is the poor sound quality - 'It's like watching Citizen Kane on your phone'.
5/10 The Black Keys
Dan Auerbach has described Spotify's payment to artists as 'so minuscule it's laughable'. 'If you are a bigger band that's already known and you rely on record sales for a living then it's really no place to be,' he said.
6/10 Atoms for Peace
Thom Yorke's other band refused to let Spotify stream their songs. Nigel Godrich from the group described the service as 'an equation that just doesn't work'. 'Small labels and new artists can't even keep their lights on. It's just not right,' he said.
7/10 Yannis Philippakis
The Foals singer said he would rather that somebody stole his record on vinyl than bought it or streamed it on Spotify. He described using Spotify as like going to a top class restaurant and leaving only coppers without paying the bill.
8/10 Aimee Mann
The US singer-songwriter has not put her music on Spotify because she does not think artists make a fair amount of money from the streaming service.
9/10 Grizzly Bear
The band tweeted in 2012 that Spotify provides a great service for people but does as much to help bands as 'downloading from Limewire'.
10/10 Jason Isbell
Jason Isbell of Drive-By Truckers has used the single word 'evil' to describe Spotify.
Singer Taylor Swift notoriously pulled her music from Spotify in November, at the time saying that, “I’m not willing to contribute my life’s work to an experiment that I don’t feel fairly compensates the writers, producers, artists and creators of music.
“I just don’t agree with perpetuating the perception that music has no value and should be free.”
Taylor has since put her back catalogue on Tidal with the exception of her latest album 1989.Reuse content