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TIDAL, SoundCloud, Apple Music, and Spotify: Which Streaming Service Should You Get?

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There are four streaming giants that people utilize – most of the time, paying for more than once when they offer somewhat similar packages. Doing this, aside from waisting money, limits the listener from absorbing the full scope of the content that each service has. So to help with that, we’ve decided to break down what service is best for you.

TIDAL: Quality

TIDAL’s main draw is its lossless audio that’s decidely more expensive to use ($19.99 per month vs $9.99 per month). Aside from that, you’re not necessarily missing out on much. There’s the same music that comprises most of the others. You won’t find Beyonce’s Lemonade or Jay Z’s 4:44, but, if you can live without that, you’ll find plenty to look for in the other services.

SoundCloud: Rising Stars

TIDAL, Apple Music, and Spotify, all share one thing in common: you won’t find nary a rising star there – always someone that’s been cultivated for the spotlight. SoundCloud is a lively database populated with primarily underground artists. The community has created its own culture that’s frequently bit by mainstream artists. If you’re looking for the next big think, SoundCloud is the way to go.

Apple Music: Design

There’s nothing inherently bad about Apple Music, it’s just that it’s not all that good either. It’s decent at best, with curated playlists lacking special sauce being its best feature. But if you’re looking to have something that works best with Apple technology, Apple Music may be the way to go. From functionality to uniform design capabilities, Apple Music reigns supreme in the usability department.

Spotify: Playlists

Spotify has a ton of features that separate it from the rest. My favorite is the curated playlists that you can download at any time, but there are a number of features as well such as access to multiple apps for one low price that make it the best bang for your buck.

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Michael Rubin, Meek Mill and Kevin Hart Announce $15M Donation to Philadelphia’s Low-Income Students in Need

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Philadelphia 76ers partner Michael Rubin, Meek Mill and Kevin Hart are teaming up to give back to the community with a collective $15M donation to 110 Philadelphia schools in need, serving low-income students. The donation will assist thousands of students from underserved families for the 2022-2023 academic year across schools around the Philadelphia area.  

This donation marks the latest development in Mill and Rubin’s ongoing commitment to give back to communities in need. Previously, the rapper and 76ers partner created a $2M scholarship fund in 2020 to support underprivileged students from pre-K through high school in Philadelphia, providing youth with critical resources during the pandemic. 

These social-good efforts culminated in a powerful initiative just last month for the holidays. Rubin and Mill partnered with REFORM Alliance to host a special VIP experience for more than 25 children who have been negatively impacted by the criminal justice system and unjust probations. 

Please let me know of any interest in covering today’s latest announcement on the multi-million dollar donation to Philadelphia’s children in need. Happy to answer any questions!  

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TikTok’s first breakout of 2022, Muni Long

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2022 has just dawned and TikTok has already begun minting hits. “Yours, mine, ours/I could do this for hours…” is part of singer-songwriter Muni Long’s infectious love song “Hrs and Hrs,” and the TikTok community can’t stop creating videos to the R&B track. Since the song’s release in November 2021, the sound has earned 169.2M+ video views to date on 114.7K+ global video creations. The sultry love song inspires creators to highlight what they love about their loved ones through compilations of candid moments, cozy indoor date nights, and footage of early Valentine’s Day proposals

Additionally, creators are showing off their singing and songwriting abilities, using the #HrsAndHrsKaraoke hashtag to cover the song and add their own original verses. “Hrs and Hrs” also soundtracks cooking videos on the platform, with artists like Latto engaging by sharing her recipe for her seafood lasagna rolls. Other notable artists/celebrities that have engaged with Muni’s song include Jordyn Woods, Jacob Latimore, Tea Cooper and more. 

Muni Long has leaned into the trend to her 278k TikTok followers, reposting couples’ videos and sharing a video compilation of her significant other. The song’s success has grown beyond TikTok with the song charting on Spotify’s Top R&B and U.S. Viral 50 charts, a top five placement on Apple Music’s Top 100 Global, and a debut on the Billboard Hot 100 this week.

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2022 GRAMMY-NOMINATED ARTIST ERIC BELLINGER HEADLINES VIBES ON VIBES TOUR THIS SPRING!

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2022 GRAMMY-nominated singer and songwriter Eric Bellinger announces the arrival of the “Vibes On Vibes Tour” today! The tour celebrates Eric’s first GRAMMY nomination as a solo artist for his album, New Light. 

The 27-city tour is set to kick off on March 11th at Center Stage in Atlanta, GA. Along the way, the tour will make stops in Los Angeles, New York, Houston, and Chicago. Pre-sale tickets go on sale on Wednesday, January 12th and general tickets go live on Friday, January 14th at 10 AM local time.

The tour comes as Eric’s gift to his fans, a celebration for his well-deserved GRAMMY nomination for his LP, New Light. Since its release last year on September 10th, New Light has received well over 20 million streams on Apple and Spotify alone as well as garnering critical praise from the likes of ELLE, XXL, Okayplayer, Rated R&B, The FADER, and UPROXX among others. The album is led by the singles: “Shine on The World,” “Only Fan,” “Go Get It,” and “What About Us” ft. Sevyn Streeter. The LP also features star-studded appearances from Brandy, Teedra Moses, The Game, Kierra Sheard, and Dom Kennedy!

Eric has also been experiencing a lot of career-defining firsts in his career as of late including his small screen debut this past November alongside Taye Diggs and Ne-Yo in The CW’s “The Black Pack” as well as his daytime talk show debut on The Kelly Clarkson Show last week performing his single, “What About Us” ft. Sevyn Streeter. 

With a new tour, GRAMMY nom, and a few more surprises to come, 2022 is shaping up to be a major year for Eric Bellinger!

Pre-Sale Tickets: Wednesday, January 12th

On-Sale: Friday, January 14 at 10 AM local time

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