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Music A-listers launch new streaming service Tidal

Alicia Keys, Nicki Minaj and Beyonce are among the stars investing in Tidal. Credit: Instagram/Nicki Minaj

A dizzying array of musical stars turned out in Manhattan to launch a new music streaming service billing itself as the first of its kind owned by artists.

Tidal is the brainchild of hip hop musician-mogul Jay Z, who was joined in New York by an all-star line-up of investors including Madonna, Rihanna, Nicki Minaj and Kanye West.

Madonna, Deadmau5, Kanye West and Jay Z are also part of the project. Credit: Tidal

The membership-based service, which is similar to the subscription service Spotify, is being offered at around $10 for standard sound quality and $20 for "high fidelity" sound quality.

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U2 giving away latest album free on iTunes

Irish rock band U2 surprised fans worldwide last night by giving away their first album for more than five years after performing at the iPhone 6 and Apple Watch launch.

U2 with Apple CEO Tim Cook.

The band gave Songs Of Innocence to around half a billion iTunes music store users as well as subscribers to their website.

The announcement was made at the Apple launch last night and is the latest collaboration between the band and technology firm

We wanted to make a very personal album. Let's try to figure out why we wanted to be in a band, the relationships around the band, our friendships, our lovers, our family.

– Bono talking to Rolling Stone magazine

The 11-track album will be given an official release on October 13 and is their fist record in five years after 2009's No Line On The Horizon.

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