Jay Z is preparing to release his thirteenth solo album on June 30th, and it’s going to be a Tidal exclusive. The album, titled 4:44, will be available to Tidal subscribers and to Sprint users in the latest manifestation of the partnership between the two companies.
Tidal says 4:44 is the first in a line of exclusives that will be available to Sprint users, after the carrier purchased 33 percent of the streaming service for $200 million earlier this year. Sprint users can get a free six month trial of Tidal HiFi and listen to the album for free. “Jay Z is a global icon and we’re giving customers an incredible opportunity to be among the first to experience his new album 4:44,” Sprint CEO Marcelo Claure said in a statement.
Tidal has been teasing 4:44 with billboards and videos on YouTube featuring actors Mahershala Ali, Lupita Nyong’o and Danny Glover for the past few weeks, hinting that the album may have an extensive visual component.
This will be Jay Z’s first album since Magna Carta Holy Grail was released back in 2013. Jay Z has reportedly been working with producers including Swizz Beatz and Zaytoven over the past year, but there is no indication what we’ll hear on the album. We’ll just have to wait until June 30th.