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Grimes Defended Tidal

“I promise it’s 100% artist friendly, and fan friendly,” she says.

April 27, 2015

Tidal has weathered a shaky month since it's launch. Following a flurry of tweets from Jay Z calling for patience, Grimes—who is signed to 4AD, but managed by Roc Nation—has chimed in her support for the divisive streaming service in an Instagram post that has since been deleted. "I can speak as an independent artist here," she writes, arguing that Tidal is, in fact, 100 percent artist and indie music friendly. Read her full plea below:

Mad respect for tidal!! I literally know musicians who live in cars and storage spaces etc. And I know some pretty popular musicians who still struggle to make ends meet. Unless artists have a popular live show there aren't a lot of income streams available. People have characterized tidal negatively but I promise it's 100% artist friendly, and fan friendly since yall have the option to pay the same rate as other streaming respect to everyone involved for doing the right thing for struggling artists – this kind of thing is so important, especially for indie music! PS I AM SIGNED TO 4AD!! The misconception that I am not an independent artist anymore is incorrect, i can speak as an independent artist here. Roc nation manages me, I'm not signed to them nor do I have any investment in tidal, nor did anyone ask me to say this. Ps to everyone who buys music respect! Glad to hear many of u buy music rather than stream which is the best way to support smaller artists! ^_^ and also, for those who can't afford streaming or buying music, I do not judge anyone for that! This is a suggestion, not a demand, in sorry it has created so much anger amongst yall

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Grimes Defended Tidal