Mumford and Sons slam Jay Z’s Tidal music streaming service

Mumford & Sons have slammed Jay Z’s new music streaming service Tidal, claiming they “don’t really care” whether fans pay for their music or not.
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The ‘I Will Wait’ hitmakers have slammed Jay Z’s new music streaming service Tidal and the artists supporting it, insisting they have absolutely no interest in joining.

Frontman Marcus Mumford said: “We wouldn’t have joined it anyway, even if they had asked.

“I’m not into the tribalistic aspect of people trying to corner bits of the market and put their face on it. That’s just commercial bulls**t.

“We want people to listen to our music in their most comfortable way, and if they’re not up for paying for it, I don’t really care.”

Tidal was launched last month to rival Spotify but has been criticised for its high subscription fee with some claiming it will drive fans back to illegally downloading music.

Banjoist Winston Marshall – who called artists including Rihanna and Madonna “new school f***ing plurocrats” for backing Tidal – told The Sun newspaper: “We don’t want to be part of some Tidal streaming revolution, nor do we want to be Taylor Swift and be anti-it.”

Meanwhile, Jay Z recently hit back at criticism claiming the subscription fees are there to pay writers and producers for their hard work and not just to line the pockets of already rich artists.

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