Honestly, when you really think about it, there is no limit to the levels of Jay-Z’s ambition. We can all agree that it won’t be too long before his personal wealth eclipses the billion dollar mark. There are so many ventures and industries he’s involved in: music and sports management, fashion, lifestyle, champagne, etc. And in case you forgot, he still makes music and earns a boatload of money on tours too. With the re-launching of his new TIDAL music streaming venture, he’s really going against the big boys who are already embedded deeply in this field – names like Spotify, Pandora and even Beats by Dre’s streaming service. The thing with Jay-Z is that he’s never scared to take on the giants. Digital is definitely the next frontier and Jay-Z wants a big piece of that pie. To show everyone that he truly means business, he has curated some of the biggest and most influential names in the music biz as co-owners in his new music streaming venture. Here they are below:
15 Kanye West
At the young age of 30, J.Cole , who is signed to Jay-Z’s Roc Nation management agency has firmly arrived as one of the elite rappers of the new generation. His last album 2014 Forest Hills Drive released late last year just went platinum and he’s currently touring in support of the LP. To date, Cole hasn’t really shown much of an entrepreneurial attitude except for the launching of his own music label, Dreamville Records. However being a co-owner of TIDAL along with his mentor Jay-Z is a perfect way for him to take his money and wealth to the next level.
No doubt about it, the influence of the sexy Bajan beauty known as Rihanna on the music, fashion and lifestyle industry is very heavy indeed. She has been on the cover of Vogue and other respected fashion magazines umpteen times, and fashion brands literally beg for her to wear one of their outfits. She’s also gearing to release her new album R8 and has already dropped two trending singles “Four Five Seconds” and “Bitch Better Have My Money.” This new venture with TIDAL is a little bit of a different look for her, but with her kind of brand-boosting power, she is most likely to come out on top.
12 Alicia Keys
Is there a pop singer alive with more staying power, longevity and live performance experience than the one and only Madonna? And the most impressive thing is that at the age of 56, she seems to have no plans of slowing down at all. This past March, she released her 13th studio album Rebel Heart that shot to the top of charts as usual. Interesting tidbit: Madonna has also been saying that she’s a huge fan of Toronto rapper Drake. There might actually be a collab coming soon. Jay-Z convincing her to be one of the TIDAL co-owners is a huge score indeed.
10 Daft Punk
No matter where you were in 2013, you couldn’t escape the catchy, chart-topping single “Get Lucky” from French electronic duo, Daft Punk. That single was helmed by none other than Mr. Pharrell Williams and funk legend, Nile Rogers. The song went on to win the impressive “Album of the Year” award at the 2014 Grammy’s and it was certainly a fitting win. Fans everywhere are waiting for the next release from these reclusive geniuses. For having an anchor in the electronic music world, Jay-Z couldn’t have picked a better group.
The EDM scene is a massive money-earner in the music industry. We have artists like Deadmau5, Skrillex, Afrojack, Avicii and more touring the world and making heaps of cash. In the case of Deadmau5, he’s an extremely established artist and this year he will be headlining the Bonaroo Music and Arts festival in the United States. That’s a really big deal indeed for an EDM artist. With him as part of the TIDAL team, Jay-Z has a really strong foothold in the world of electronic dance music.
8 Arcade Fire
Montreal has produced some really special acts, but one of the most popular has to be the eclectic and extremely unorthodox alt-rock outfit, Arcade Fire. They constantly sell out stadiums and festivals all over the world, and they have even appeared on the Hunger Games soundtrack and performed on Saturday Night Live. The leader of the group is Win Butler and seems to be a really cool dude. He also has a DJ career on the side where he plays gigs under the name DJ Windows 98. They are definitely one of the more unique acts on the TIDAL co-owner list.
7 Jason Aldean
When you talk about the big names in country music right now, you of course have to mention Blake Shelton, Carrie Underwood, Miranda Lambert and the next owner on our list, Jason Aldean. Aldean has been on the scene since 2005, and during that time, he’s had numerous hits and a couple of platinum albums. There was no way Jay-Z could assemble a wide array of owners in the music field and leave out a genre as lucrative as country. Say what you want, but Jay-Z is one smart fellow!
6 Jack White
Similar to Kanye West, Detroit rocker Jack White is one of the most unpredictable and outspoken characters in music today. His talent is undeniable. As a leader of groups like The White Stripes and The Dead Weather, he has put out some absolutely incredible music. The addition of Jack White is a great way for Jay-Z to have a firm footing in the rock world. Jack White has even had some Kanye-esque rants at some of his shows last year, so it seems that he will fit into this new crew just fine.
5 Nicki Minaj
It’s probably fair to say that Nicki Minaj has now taken the official throne as the current queen of hip-hop. Her last LP, The Pink Print was a certified smash featuring mega-hits like “Anaconda” and “Truffle Butter” featuring Drake and Lil Wayne. The LP was always warmly embraced because it featured songs that appealed to both her pop/mainstream fans and her more hardcore street audience. Jay-Z made a wise choice for including perhaps the most influential female in hip-hop right now to be part of the TIDAL fold.
At the age of 36, Usher Raymond is one of those names and faces that everybody knows in the music industry. His career trajectory could be almost compared to that of a child actor, because he started in the music industry when he was only in his young teens. But he has managed to stay relevant through the times and even star on hit television shows like The Voice. If there’s one person who has probably seen it all in the music industry, it’s Usher and he can provide some key insight to Jay-Z and the new TIDAL venture.
3 Chris Martin
With Chris Martin, the leader of the band Coldplay, it’s definitely all about the music. You never see him talking on a record about how much money he has, how much expensive art he buys or how many diamond watches he owns. Chris and his separated wife Gwyneth have long been friends with Jay-Z and Beyonce, so we can totally see how him being part of this new music streaming venture was a total no-brainer.
2 Calvin Harris
At the young age of 31, the handsome DJ, songwriter and producer Calvin Harris is worth a very respectable $46 million (according to Forbes). Why so much cash you ask? Well, put simply, this man makes huge hits. He has also makes a ton of money from the DJ gigs he does all over the world. He was dating Rita Ora in the past, but most recently he’s been linked to America’s own sweetheart, Taylor Swift. Whichever way you cut it, this guy is a major force in the music industry right now, and him being part of Jay-Z’s Tidal music streaming venture is a really big deal.
When the net worths of Jay-Z and his superstar wife Beyonce are combined, the total amount is well over a billion dollars. Now, that’s the real definition of a power couple. With the amount of influence, selling power and sheer popularity that Beyonce wields, it makes perfect sense that Jay-Z decided to include Queen Bey in this new TIDAL venture. Don’t look now, but it seems this couple is about to get even richer.