Tidal’s first ever benefit concert will be featuring a loaded lineup with Beyonce, Jay Z, Prince, and more than 17 others slated to perform.
On Tuesday, Jay Z announced that Tidal had officially reached one million subscribers, and he promised a huge celebration to follow. On Wednesday, he announced that the celebration would be in the form of a large-scale benefit concert to be held at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York on October 20.
“Nothing real can be threatened, nothing unreal exists” Tidal is platinum. 1,000,000 people and counting. Let’s celebrate 10/20 Brooklyn.
— Mr. Carter (@S_C_) September 29, 2015
The concert event, titled “Tidal X: 1020 Amplified by HTC,” will have appearances by Jay Z, Beyonce, Prince, Usher, Lil Wayne, Niki Minaj, T.I., Damian Marley, Indochine, Thomas Rhett, and Fabolous, DJ Cipha Sounds, and DJ Reflex. There will also be performances by Tidal rising acts, including Alessia Cara, Bas, Benjamin Booker, Flatbush Zombies, and Justine Skye.
Tickets to the Tidal benefit concert will range in price from $74 to $244. Tidal members were able to purchase pre-sale tickets on Wednesday, September 30 at 12:00 p.m. and they are now completely sold out. Tickets for the general public go on sale on Friday, October 2 at 12 p.m.
All of the proceeds from ticket sales and donations for “Tidal X: 1020” will go to charities affiliated with the New World Foundation.
“One hundred percent of ticket proceeds will benefit nonprofit organizations dedicated to advancing positive community relations and effecting systemic change for the development and sustainability of just societies, this inaugural event’s philanthropic focus,” Tidal’s website reads.
According to the New World Foundation’s website, the organization “strengthens community-based organizations and local leadership. As a national community foundation, we work from the bottom up to build coalitions around issues that converge in place, creating alliances locally and building movements nationally.”
Tidal, which was acquired by Jay Z earlier this year, provides “seamless listening across mobile, tablet, desktop and network players.” The rapper launched the streaming service in March along with 16 artist stakeholders, including Beyonce, Rihanna, Kanye West, Nicki Minaj, Jason Aldean, Madonna, Alicia Keys, Coldplay, and many more. Users can subscribe to the service for $9.99 a month, or $19.99 for “high-definition audio.”
“People are not respecting the music, and devaluing what it really means,” Jay Z told Billboard at the time. “People really feel like music is free, but will pay $6 for water. You can drink water free out of the tap and it’s good water. But they’re okay paying for it. It’s just the mindset right now.”
“If there is something to be changed in the world then it can only happen through music,” added Alicia Keys. “An overstatement? Maybe but maybe not.”
(2/16) TIDAL & award-winning smartphone company @HTC, announced TIDALX: 1020 1st in a series of philanthropic music events curated by TIDAL.
— TIDAL (@TIDALHiFi) September 30, 2015
For those fans who cannot make it to the concert will be able to watch the entire event, as it will be live streamed worldwide on TIDAL.com and the TIDAL app for both members and non-members of the service, free of charge. Viewers can still make donations while watching the livestream.
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