Square to Buy Majority Stake in Jay-Z’s Tidal Music Streaming Platform

Thursday - 04/03/2021 14:33
Jay-Z, shown in 2019, said Tidal was always about more than streaming music. PHOTO: GREG ALLEN/ASSOCIATED PRESS
Jay-Z, shown in 2019, said Tidal was always about more than streaming music. PHOTO: GREG ALLEN/ASSOCIATED PRESS
Jay-Z to join payments company’s board as part of $297 million deal

Square Inc. is buying a majority stake in Tidal, a music and entertainment platform owned by rapper Shawn “Jay-Z” Carter and other artists, for $297 million in cash and stock.

The San Francisco payments company said Thursday that Mr. Carter will join its board as part of the deal, and Tidal’s current shareholders will remain co-owners.

Square—best known for its signature white card reader—has created a financial ecosystem for retailers, small-business owners and shoppers. It offers loans through its seller platform, and its Cash App payment service allows consumers to digitally store and transfer their money like they would at a bank.

It is looking to do much the same thing for musicians on the Tidal platform by, for example, integrating merchandise sales and hosting collaboration tools, Square Chief Executive Jack Dorsey said in a tweet Thursday morning.

“New ideas are found at the intersections, and we believe there’s a compelling one between music and the economy,” Mr. Dorsey tweeted. “Making the economy work for artists is similar to what Square has done for sellers.”


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