With help from HTC, Tidal celebrated reaching a milestone of one million subscribers, with a star studded concert combining over a dozen eclectic musical acts on stage at Brooklyn’s Barclay’s Center Tuesday night (October 20th).
The show also served as a means to help raise money for nonprofit organizations which work to promote positive community relations. Prior to the official showtime, HTC let media try out their newest phone model the HTC One A9, which features a 13 MP camera with Optical Image Stabilization, and a unique feature called Sense Home, which detects where you use specific apps the most frequently.
The lineup for the concert catered to a variety of musical tastes, which the Tidal streaming service has accomplished since it’s launch. Thomas Rhett represented those who like country music, the show’s opener French music group Indochine was suited to those who enjoy new wave music, and a variety of hip hop acts including TI, Meek Mill, French Montana, Fabolous, Lil Wayne, and Jay Z represented for hip hop. Noticeably absent was Prince, who was listed as a performer when the artist lineup was initially revealed in September.
Overall the show displayed a theme of unity and brevity in how artists were paired together for the brief sets in which every main act was paired with another main act and by having each act perform between one to three songs. Newer artist such as Justine Skye and Alessia Cara were brought to the stage first, before the more known big acts hit the stage. The pinnacle of the show was when during Nicki Minaj’s three song set, Beyonce came out on stage in a pink leotard to perform “Feeling Myself”, live onstage together for the first time. The two dynamic females showed off their moves. Jay Z closed out the show with his Brooklyn anthem “Empire State of Mind”.