As part of its commitment to artists, Tidal has an emerging artists programme, Tidal Rising, that introduces listeners to new artists they may not have heard of otherwise.
Global music and entertainment streaming service Tidal has launched in the UAE. First launched in 2015, the platform now offers more than 80 million songs and playlists to listeners.
For artists, Tidal offers new ways to get paid to help them create on their own terms with support from fans.
Tidal offers two subscription options for users: Tidal HiFi and Tidal HiFi Plus. The former is available for $5.50 a month and offers an ad-free experience where users can connect the app to other speakers and download music for offline listening.
Tidal HiFi Plus, which is available for $11 a month, offers all the benefits of Tidal HiFi as well as fan-centred royalties, direct-to-artist payouts, and early access to exclusive offerings and upcoming features. It also boasts immersive sound formats (Dolby Atmos Music & Sony 360 Audio Recordings) and Master Quality Authenticated (MQA).
Tidal Family offers six accounts for $8.50/month (Family HiFi) or $17/month (Family HiFi Plus).
Ragheb Alama, singer and composer said: “Tidal launching in the UAE gives my fans a new platform to listen and enjoy my music with high-quality sound. I’m excited to see Tidal help fans support their favourite artists in new ways with features like direct-to-artist payments because, for any artist, our fans’ support is the reason we make music.”
Tidal considers itself an artist-first platform, offering direct-to-artist payouts, which means every month a percentage of HiFi Plus subscribers’ fees are directed toward their top streamed artist.
It is also launching fan-centred royalties later this year, which means royalties will be paid based on the streaming activity of an individual HiFi Plus subscriber.
Tidal members will have access to regularly updated playlists showcasing local artists including new music across genres including pop, dance, and electronic.
Lior Tibon, Chief Operating Officer of Tidal, added: “The UAE is multicultural, has a strong music culture, and is a leader in bringing world-class entertainment to music fans. Fans can now listen to music and support their favourite artists at the same time as Tidal continues to extend support for artists with new ways to get paid. We’re excited to support the music culture in the UAE and further put fans and artists’ experiences first.”
Tidal is available for download for Android devices through Play Store and iOS via the App Store.