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Jay Z defends Tidal in a Sunday afternoon tweetstorm

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'We aren't perfect, but we are determined.'

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Jay Z officially relaunched his streaming service Tidal last month with a bunch of other famous musicians, making it an instant target for both praise and criticism. At first, it seemed capable of giving independent artists more control over their music, while luring in listeners with big-name exclusives from its owners. But as time went on, it seemed like no one was actually using Tidal. Now, Jay Z has taken to Twitter to defend the service, reiterating what separates Tidal from its competitors.

Jay bucks against the idea that Tidal is just a "for rich people, by rich people" service, reminding his followers that Tidal has nowhere near the amount of money as companies like Spotify, and that Tidal has a 75 percent royalty rate for artists. And, in case you thought otherwise, Tidal isn't going anywhere: "We're here for the long haul," he wrote.