Digital payments firm Square said on March 4, 2021, it was buying a controlling stake in the streaming music platform Tidal from a group led by Jay-Z for $297 million in cash and stock. “The acquisition extends Square’s purpose of economic empowerment to a new vertical: musicians,” said a statement from Square, the finance tech firm led by Jack Dorsey, who is also the chief executive of Twitter. ADRIAN SANCHEZ-GONZALEZ, Jim WATSON / AFP
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Square Unveils Deal For Jay-Z’s Tidal Music Platform

Digital payments firm Square said Thursday it was buying a controlling stake in the streaming music platform Tidal from a group led by rap star Jay-Z for $297 million in cash and stock.

 

“The acquisition extends Square’s purpose of economic empowerment to a new vertical: musicians,” said a statement from Square, the finance tech firm led by Jack Dorsey, who is also the chief executive of Twitter.

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“It comes down to one simple idea: finding new ways for artists to support their work,” said Dorsey.

 

“New ideas are found at intersections, and we believe there’s a compelling one between music and the economy.”

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