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Sprint to acquire stake in Jay Z's Tidal streaming service

By Wade Sheridan
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Jay Z (L) and Beyonce arrive on the red carpet at the Costume Institute Benefit at The Metropolitan Museum of Art celebrating the opening of China: Through the Looking Glass on May 4, 2015. Jay Z's streaming service Tidal is partnering with wireless carrier Sprint. File Photo by John Angelillo/UPI | <a href="/News_Photos/lp/2cf7b595f005b4b0d500da078e21d97b/" target="_blank">License Photo</a>
Jay Z (L) and Beyonce arrive on the red carpet at the Costume Institute Benefit at The Metropolitan Museum of Art celebrating the opening of China: Through the Looking Glass on May 4, 2015. Jay Z's streaming service Tidal is partnering with wireless carrier Sprint. File Photo by John Angelillo/UPI | License Photo

Jan. 23 (UPI) -- Sprint is set to acquire a 33% stake in Jay Z's struggling music streaming service Tidal.

Announced Monday, the deal is part of a partnership between the two companies which will allow Sprint to offer its customers exclusive content to those who subscribe to Tidal.

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"The passion and dedication that these artist-owners bring to fans will enable Sprint to offer new and existing customers access to exclusive content and entertainment experiences in a way no other service can," said Sprint CEO Marcelo Claure in a statement.

"We'll do great things with @Sprint & can't wait to share our exclusive experiences with their 45 million customers," noted Tidal on Twitter alongside a graphic featuring a turntable with the company's logo's side by side.

Launched in March of 2015, Tidal was bought by Jay Z for $56 million and was announced as a streaming platform where the artists have a majority stake in the company. It prominently boasts having the highest percentage of royalty payments than any other service.

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In September, the service was reported to have been losing $2.3 million a month as it failed to compete with competitors Spotify and Apple Music which was once rumored to acquire the service.

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