Jay Z announces a name change and a new album

2017-06-20 10:01

New York - Jay Z's new album will be released on 30 June and will be available only to users of the music streaming service Tidal, which the rapper co-owns.

Tidal announced the news on Twitter early on Monday along with a 30-second black-and-white clip from a video of one of the album's songs, featuring Moonlight star Mahershala Ali. The new album is called 4:44.

Along with the news of the new album, Jay Z's management confirmed to Pitchfork that the rapper has brought back the hyphen to his name and that it will be all caps from now on. So from now on, it will be JAY-Z.

Tidal was launched in 2015. It is co-owned by Beyoncé, Madonna, Rihanna, Kanye West and other artists. Earlier this year, Sprint bought a 33% stake in the service, which has more than 48 million songs and some 175 000 videos.

The new album is Jay Z's first CD since Magna Carta Holy Grail in 2013. It will be available to new and existing Sprint customers who sign up for Tidal.

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