Is Tidal Everything it is Crack up to be?

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By Dustin Edelhertz founder of Plum Radio

Just want to clear up a few things in case any one out there fell for the smoke and mirrors surrounding this re-launch of Tidal, the on-demand streaming company Jay-Z and other artists joined together to purchase control of.

First, this is not the "for us, by us" movement they'd like you to believe. It is a little known foreign service like any other, which is now owned by a group of "one-percenters" of the music industry. There is no plan in place to include the 99% of music artists out there, only some of the richest artists likely looking to get richer.

Second, of the extensive body of work created by the artists involved, possibly 95% or more of it is not owned by any of those individuals. They have little to no say over what happens to that content, which is owned by the major labels who paid for it and the same labels who happen to own equity in Spotify and some other competing services. So when you hear Tidal mention the forthcoming "exclusive content" you can believe this will not be original music from the super stars. At least not in the next couple years from the most relevant of them, since most of them are still under contract. It will probably be some video and bonus footage of sorts not worth the price of subscription.

Third, and maybe most importantly, aside from being able to promote themselves and friends front and center on this service, none of them make money unless the company becomes profitable. Which at the moment is extremely unlikely for at least the next 3-5 years. Its not like they get to pay cheaper licensing fees just because they're artists. In fact, I'd think they need to work their hardest to make sure Tidal pays higher than other paid subscription services, otherwise they don't really seem to be living up to the new brand's message.

If any one is still impressed, intrigued, or confident in the future of Tidal I'd love to hear why. Although I do personally see one way it can succeed but its something Spotify is already considering and likely a few others who all have more resources and users. So its still not a sure thing.

Nonetheless, I love to see competition as much as any one. So let's see what happens, the game is still young.

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Selena: 20 years after her death By Katia Hetter, CNN

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(CNN) - When Selena was breaking concert attendance records at home and abroad, there weren't a lot of crossover pop stars who looked like her in the United States.

There was Rita Moreno and Gloria Estefan and ... well, that's about it.

The March 31, 1995, death of the Mexican-American singer plunged many Latino listeners into mourning and brought her music to the attention of English speakers who would soon become fans.

Selena Quintanilla-Perez started singing the Tejano music that eventually made her famous in her father's restaurant in Lake Jackson, Texas. Her father Abraham taught the family band and named them Los Dinos after his own group from earlier years. Selena's brother, A.B., played bass, and her sister, Suzette, played drums.

When the family moved to Corpus Christi, the group started getting gigs at local parties and weddings.

Selena was only 15 when she won female entertainer of the year at the Tejano Music Awards. That got her a record contract, and several albums followed. She eventually married her guitarist, Chris Perez.

In 1994, she won a Grammy for best Mexican-American album for "Selena Live!" and seemed poised for mainstream stardom.

When the president of Selena's fan club shot her to death the following year in a Texas motel room, her first English-language album was months from release. Her death made international headlines, and her funeral drew 60,000 mourners.

She was 23 years old.

Twenty years later, her influence is still being felt. Her official Facebook page still has more than 2 million likes, and fans are remembering the singer who crossed barriers and made them sing and dance to her blend of Tejano music. Fans will celebrate her life and legacy at the commemorative Fiesta de la Flor in Corpus Christi in mid-April.

Here are five things you may not know about Selena.

Selena had to learn Spanish.

A third-generation Texan of Mexican descent, Selena didn't grow up speaking Spanish. Neither did her husband, Perez, who played guitar in her band and fell in love with her on the road.

In his book, "To Selena, with Love," Perez said they practiced speaking Spanish before their first big publicity blitz in Mexico. "In Mexico, Selena mangled her conversations in Spanish like the rest of us, but not for long."

"She said, 'It'll be cool. You watch. I'm going to learn Spanish and surprise everybody,' " Perez wrote. "She got better and better, to the point where I'd have to ask her to slow down so that I could understand what she was saying."

She sold out the Astrodome.

Selena performed several times at the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo at the Astrodome to sold-out crowds of more than 60,000 people. (It wasn't just any rodeo: Elvis Presley, Michael Jackson and the Osmonds have all played the event.)

"We had 20 performances this year," Leroy Shafer, assistant general manager of the show, told the New York Times in 1995. "We had Reba McEntire, George Strait, Clint Black and Vince Gill. She had the highest-selling show concert at our show this year, at 61,041 in the Astrodome."

Her album went to No. 1.

Her 1995 crossover album, "Dreaming of You," went to the top of the Billboard 200 the first week it was released. She was the first Latin artist to debut atop the list.

"There were supposed to be 14 tracks, but we had only recorded four of them, so we put together a tribute album of new and old songs," Nancy Brennan, then vice president of A&R at EMI, told Texas Monthly. "Making that album was the most difficult thing I have ever had to do, because we were listening to her voice all day and crying as we were mixing the songs."

"Selena" (the movie) ignited Jennifer Lopez's career.

Starring as Selena in the 1997 movie of the same name, Jennifer Lopez became the first Latina actress to be paid $1 million for a movie role. Lopez was nominated for a Golden Globe for her performance.

"Getting to play the part of Selena was life-changing for me," Lopez told Para Todos magazine. "I got to immerse myself in her life, got to know her family, her home, her culture ... every part of her story. It was a special time in my life both professionally and personally. Playing her not only opened doors for me in the film world, but it inspired me to start my own music career. In a lot of ways, I wouldn't be where I am today if I hadn't had that experience."

Selena's killer is eligible for parole in 2025.

Yolanda Saldivar, the president of Selena's fan club, was sentenced to life in prison in October 1995 for Selena's murder. Saldivar must serve at least 30 years of her sentence before she is eligible for parole.

Selena was meeting with Saldivar at a Corpus Christi motel to discuss her concerns that Saldivar had embezzled money from her when Saldivar shot her, according to trial testimony. Saldivar argued that she accidentally fired the shot, but the jury didn't buy it.

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The Story of How Rihanna Got Famous Will Make You Love Her Even More

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The odds against Rihanna would have discouraged a less headstrong woman. Her childhood was full of struggle and pain, abuse and drug use, poverty and illness. But at 16, her audition made even Jay Z take notice of the young Barbadian named Robyn Rihanna Fenton.

Nearly 10 years later, Rihanna has won eight Grammys, released seven albums (with an eighth rumored to drop soon) and earned a spot as the first female with four No. 1 hits on the Billboard Hot 100 in a single year. She's been on a hot streak as long as her own career. Just last week, she was named the first black spokeswoman for Dior. On Monday, Dreamworks released two Rihanna songs for the animated movie Home. She also provides the voice for the lead. None of that came easily, though. A decade into her career, Rihanna's story is one of ferocious battles and hard-earned victory.

A difficult family: Rihanna was born in Barbados in 1988 to Ronald Fenty, who ran a garment warehouse, and Monica Braithwaite, an accountant. Along with her younger brother, Rihanna grew up in a troubled home. Her father was an alcoholic and a crack addict; Rihanna recounted to Rolling Stone that he beat her mother and once hit her as well.

It was a constant source of stress in her life. When Rihanna was 8, she started suffering intense headaches that led a doctor to think she might have a tumor. But at 14, when her parents finally divorced after years of on-and-off separation, Rihanna's headaches stopped. After the divorce, Braithwaite worked full time and Rihanna took over as her younger brother's caretaker. "I grew up fast, kind of like the second mom," Rihanna told the Guardian.

Discrimination:Though her home life improved, Rihanna was still bullied at school for her light complexion. Her father was descendant of a Barbadian-Irish froup known as "Redlegs," a term used for poor, white residents of Barbados.  According to Allure, Rihanna fought the kids in school who teased her for being too white; the bullying lent to Rihanna's reputation for being painfully shy. But she was tough too: As a teenager, Rihanna was in the army cadets and actually reached the rank of corporal. She was a self-proclaimed tomboy, and joined the cadets to show guys she was tough. Her drill sergeant was none other than fellow Barbadian pop singer Shontelle. "This thick skin has been developing since my first day at school," Rihanna told Harper's Bazaar. "It didn't happen after fame; I couldn't survive fame if I didn't already have it. So sometimes the toughest thing in life is to be vulnerable.”

Her gift:Though she was shy, Rihanna won her high school beauty pageant at 15 for singing Mariah Carey's "Hero." She loved to sing so much — at the beach, at the club, around the house — that her neighbors called her "Robyn Red Breast." According to Rolling Stone,"She always knew she wanted to be a pop star." "I kind of laughed at these stupid pageants," she told the Daily Mail in 2007. "But my friends at school dared me to do it, and my military training came in handy for learning to balance books on my head for the catwalk."

Striking gold: Not long after winning that beauty pageant, a 16-year-old Rihanna caught the eye of a vacationing American record producer, Evan Rogers, during an audition organized by the producer. He knew he'd found someone big. Within months, Rihanna had left Barbados and Moved into Rogers' Connecticut home with him and his wife. In Connecticut, Rogers and Rihanna recorded a demo featuring a version of "Pon de Replay." "When I left Barbados, I didn't look back," Rihanna told People magazine. "I wanted to do what I had to do, even [if] it meant moving to America."

Rogers sent the demo tape to labels around the country, and it landed on the desk of then-newly appointed Def Jam president Jay Z. At just 16 years old, Rihanna was summoned by the hip-hop legend to audition for a spot on the label. She performed Whitney Houston's "For the Love of You" at the Def Jam offices. "I signed her in one day," Jay-Z told Rolling Stone. "It took me two minutes to see she was a star."

Sudden fame: In May 2005, four months after she signed to Def Jam, Rihanna released her first single, "Pon de Replay." The song peaked at No. 2 on the Billboard Hot 100, and helped put Rihanna's first album, Music of the Sun, on the map. Eight months later, she released A Girl Like Me, and in June 2007, Rihanna released "Umbrella," which reached No. 1 on the chart, making the singer a bona fide pop star off a song originally written for Mary J. Blige. It's hard to imagine anyone else doing it so well.

Today, Rihanna is 27, and from the looks of it, she's just getting started. Already a philanthropist, fashion icon and actor, she has overcome seemingly insurmountable odds to become one of the most powerful celebrities in the world.

It's amazing how lonely you can feel and like nobody understands," Rihanna told Oprah. "The moment you are vulnerable, someone always reaches out. They go through the same things. I want them to feel comfortable knowing that I have flaws as well. I want them to know those flaws. I'm afraid of the pedestal. I want to be a peer to my fans."

Rihanna's story is inspiring. It reveals that, when she hits those resilient notes, they're coming from an authentic place.

Story Written Kate Beaudoin

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Jay Z Paternity Case Nears Shock Settlement, Love Child's Camp Claims Secret Payoff?

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Music mogul Jay Z was rocked last month by claims that he secretly fathered a son 21 years ago. The alleged love child, Rymir Satterthwaite, dragged the rapper into court hoping to force a paternity test, but RadarOnline.com has learned the whole scandal could soon be nearing resolution. According to Satterthwaite’s guardian, a settlement could be on the horizon!

“Ultimately the case will probably be settled out of court,” Lillie Collie, Satterthwaite’s legal guardian, tells Radar exclusively.

“We’ve been going through this since 2011 and it has gotten to the point where the family just wants it to be over,” Collie adds.


As Radar previously reported, Beyonce’s husband has yet to submit the paternity test amid claims he fathered a child with a woman named Wanda Satterthwaite.

“Nobody wants this to drag out anymore,” Collie tells Radar.

In fact, the family already has plans for any potential settlement funds. “We need money for the legal fees and Rymir needs money for some medical issues,” Collie said.

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Watch Jason Statham and Ronda Rousey Terrorize the ‘Furious 7′ Crew

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As of yesterday, March 20, 2015, there are exactly two weeks remaining before Furious 7 opens in theaters. Continuing its hype rollout (as if it needs any more), another behind-the-scenes video was released this week introducing the franchise’s intense new group of characters.

In addition to the regular cast, lead by Vin Diesel and Paul Walker, this new installment will include Jason Statham (he should have some fun with The Rock), Kurt Russell, Nathalie Emmanuel (the “hacktivist”), UFC stud Ronda Rousey, and Thai action star Tony Jaa. So what does that mean? More fight scenes, more action, more explosions, and more stunts, obviously.




 If you watched Furious 6, you’ll remember Luke Evans character Owen Shaw. In Furious 7, his brother (played by Statham) Deckard Shaw wants revenge and is hunting your favorite auto thieves. Meanwhile, Dom and company are busy trying to retrieve a program called “God’s Eye” that can turn any tech device into a weapon. Sounds like they’ll have their hands full.



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