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Sprint acquired 33 percent of Jay Z's Tidal music streaming service


Sprint announced a partnership with the Tidal music streaming service Monday morning, acquiring 33 percent of the service run by rapper Shawn "Jay-Z" Carter. 

Jay-Z and the "artist-owners" in charge of Tidal will continue to run the streaming service, which has 42.5 million songs in its catalog. 

Tidal will make content exclusive to Sprint customers, according to a press release. 

Sprint called the deal "game-changing."

Tidal promised 32 exclusive albums and 39 concert live streams, among other exclusives.

Sprint shares our view of revolutionizing the creative industry to allow artists to connect directly with their fans ...

Tidal launched in 2014, posing as a competitor to Apple Music and Spotify by offering much higher-quality audio. When Jay-Z took over in 2015, he relaunched the business as an artist-owned alternative and said the relatively high subscription fees would pay artists' royalties. 

Jay Z tweeted in fall 2015 that Tidal had reached 1 million users.

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FILE - In this Feb. 23, 2015 file photo, Jay-Z arrives at the 2015 Vanity Fair Oscar Party in Beverly Hills, Calif. Tidal, the streaming service co-owned by Jay Z, Rihanna, Madonna and other artists, announced Wednesday, June 3, it would offer its $9.99 service for $4.99 for anyone with a ?valid .edu email address? in a few weeks. The music platform also offers a premium service of $19.99 for high-fidelity sound, which is reduced to $9.99 for students. . (Photo by Evan Agostini/Invision/AP, File)

However, The Verge reported last week that Jay Z may have inflated Tidal's subscription numbers. A Norwegian newspaper found Tidal only had 350,000 subscribers at the time of Jay Z's tweet. 

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Kanye West performs at the 2016 The Meadows Music and Arts Festivals at Citi Field on Sunday, Oct. 2, 2016, in Flushing, New York. (Photo by Scott Roth/Invision/AP)

Hotly anticipated albums like Beyoncé's "Lemonade" and Kanye West's "The Life of Pablo" debuted on Tidal. 

That move angered many music fans.

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