In other news, Steve Albini called the service “a budget version” of Pono.

Streaming service Tidal has addressed criticism levelled at it from artists like Mumford & Sons by launching Tidal Rising, a feature designed to put the spotlight on emerging artists.

As The Drum notes, the new feature is part of a recent update to Tidal’s web and mobile apps, which gives video content more prominence. The app also features new linking and video sharing functionality, and an exclusive content tab that collects the increasing amount of exclusive content Jay Z is sourcing for the service. Earlier today he released an exclusive video on the service for his 2012 track ‘Glory’.

The move follows hints from Jay Z in a recent interview that Tidal would focus on up-and-coming artists, and the company promises that Rising will also promote independent artists from around the world. “Every week, nascent talent in any genre will emerge,” the company said in a statement.

In other Tidal news, Steve Albini became the latest artist to slam the service yesterday. In an interview with Vulture, Albini called the service “a budget version” of Neil Young’s audiophile Pono player, saying: “If you want your music to play at the push of a button, convenience is going to trump sound quality 100% of the time”.

He also had his reservations about artists pledging allegiance to one streaming service over another. “The for-pay services are deluding themselves by trying to establish a permanent monetization of something that’s in flux,” he said. “The internet provides access to materials and things. Creating these little streaming fiefdoms where certain streaming services have certain artists and certain streaming services have other artists is a crippled use of the internet. If the internet has demonstrated anything over the years, it’s that it has a way of breaking limitations placed on its content.” [via NME]




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