Jay Z breaks his silence over Tidal critics with rare explosion on Twitter

Since launching with possibly the most bizarre press conference known to man back in March, Tidal has failed to make the waves its star-studded founders hoped for. It’s skeptics have been louder than its supporters but now Jay Z, whose tweets are far and few between, is standing up for his music-streaming service on Twitter.

The hip-hop mogul’s artist-owned company pledges to pay its artists a fairer wage than rival site Spotify, but only because we’ll fork out £20 a month for it. Just last week the app dropped out of the iTunes top 700 but Jay’s assuring that all is good in camp Tidal.

Breaking out the #TidalFacts the rapper, who has posted just 231 messages on Twitter since joining in 2008 and follows absolutely nobody including his wife Beyonce, silences those mocking latest entrepreneurial conquest.

Firstly Tidal is just getting started:

Don’t even get him started on rival sites Spotify and Apple, who just aren’t paying the likes of Rihanna, Madonna and Nicki Minaj anywhere near enough:

And finally, Tidal is for us the fans as well as the artist:

So Tidal isn’t the disaster we’ve all been making out to be. Or is it? Its strategy to release new music exclusively has done nothing other than to turn fans on the artists more. Both Beyonce and Rihanna came under fire for handing tracks exclusively to Shawn Carter, the latter eventually caving into the demand of her fans to release the video for American Oxygen on YouTube.

Last week Kanye West appeared to have distanced himself from his Watch The Throne partner’s initiative, deleting all references to Tidal form his Twitter. He later assured his love for Tidal was as alive as ever, although did little to explain deleting those tweets.

Jay Z disputes that Tidal is just a service “for rich people, by rich people,” but even his “stream of consciousness” has done little to convince otherwise. Their pay rise still comes from our pocket.

Perhaps instead of reeling out his multimillionaire clique like victims of a financial crisis and bringing out up and coming musicians whose struggles may have mustered up some sympathy among its audience.

Whether Tidal finds empathy for its artists or not, it’s is “here for the long haul,” according to Mr Carter.