April 2015

Mumford and Sons Criticize Tidal

The newly electric rockers Mumford and Sons were not asked to join Tidal. Even if they had, the band would have turned it down.

Frontman Marcus Mumford explains, “I think smaller bands should get paid more for it. Bigger bands have other ways of making money, so I don’t think you can complain,” he argued. “When they say it’s artist-owned, it’s owned by those rich, wealthy artists…I don’t want to align myself with Spotify, Beats, Tidal, or whatever. We want people to listen to our music in their most comfortable way, and if they’re not up for paying for it, I don’t really care.”

For more on what the band say on Tidal, go here.

Apple Wants Taylor Swift, Florence + The Machine

Taylor Swift pulled her music from Spotify and some of it turned up on Tidal (though 1989 is not available on either). Apple is reportedly pursuing her for exclusive rights to the album. The company also wants Florence + the Machine, whose new album is available next month. Apple is allegedly looking at a dozen other artists to get involved with Beats Music.

There is also a rumor that Apple went after Kanye, offering him $1 million, but he chose to go with Tidal instead.

Click here for more on Apple’s relaunch of Beats Music.