As promised, Jay-Z dropped his new 4:44 album earlier today on Tidal, but you won't be able to stream it if you subscribed recently. As the Verge reported earlier, and Pitchfork confirmed by trying to sign up, Tidal users who enrolled after June 26th won't get access to the album. Instead, you'll get a message saying "Jay-Z 4:44 is only accessible to Sprint/Tidal customers and all Tidal accounts established prior to June 26th during the exclusive period." Sprint kindly notes that if you switch to its network, you will get six free months of Tidal and access to 4:44, so there's always that route. Its statement provides a fairly resounding answer to the question we posed when Sprint invested $200 million in Tidal.
Last week the Polaris Music Prize, which recognizes the year's best Canadian full-length album, unveiled its 40-album shortlist for 2016. It includes big-time pop stars like Justin Bieber and Carly Rae Jepsen, and critical darlings like Grimes and The Weeknd. But tucked in amongst the far more established artists is PUP, a Toronto punk quartet that just released its sophomore album The Dream Is Over. It wasn't totally a surprise--the band's self-titled debut also made the Polaris longlist back in 2013, thanks to thundering tracks like "Reservoir." But The Dream Is Over is an even more confident step forward, following years of aggressive touring and near-destruction.
It's been almost exactly a couple years since Kendrick Lamar dropped To Pimp A Butterfly, the Compton rapper's world-stopping third studio album. So to prep for his next album, he did what only makes sense: wiped his Instagram clean and began the merciless teasing of what is to come next. SEE ALSO: Apple Music's live radio channel finally comes to Singapore users The post is a simple "IV" image, a reference to what will be his fourth studio album, with no comment. In an interview with The New York Times, Lamar explained where his focus is as he creates this forthcoming project. "I think now, how wayward things have gone within the past few months, my focus is ultimately going back to my community and the other communities around the world where they're doing the groundwork," he said.
It's been nearly four years since Lorde released her debut album "Pure Heroine," and during that time, the New Zealand singer has done a lot of changing. From dropping out of the public view to breaking up with her longtime boyfriend, James Lowe, today's Lorde is not the same as the 2013 version. Coming out of the end of a relationship, one would expect the "Greenlight" singer to record a breakup album, but according to Lorde, her upcoming record, "Melodrama," is not like that. Speaking with the New York Times, the singer described the project as a "record about being alone. Lorde details her new album and says it won't be a breakup album.