Bey­once re­leases bal­lad on Jay Z’s mu­sic site

The China Post - - ARTS -

R&B queen Bey­once has qui­etly re­leased a love song ded­i­cated to her hus­band, hip hop mogul Jay Z, avail­able only on his new stream­ing ser­vice Ti­dal.

Songstress “Queen Bey” posted a 15-sec­ond pre­view of the acous­tic bal­lad “Die With You” on her Face­book page Satur­day in cel­e­bra­tion of the cou­ple’s seven-year wed­ding an­niver­sary.

“I don’t have a rea­son to be if I can’t be with you,” Bey­once sings softly as she plays the pi­ano, wear­ing a back­wards cap, blond pig­tails and ap­pear­ing make-up free.

“’Cause Dar­ling I wake up just to sleep with you / I open my eyes so I can see with you / and I live so I can die with you,” she sings in the homev­ideo style clip. The cam­era moves around her as she croons, even­tu­ally turn­ing on the filmer: the lucky man him­self, hus­band Jay Z.

The re­branded Ti­dal stream­ing ser­vice was launched in March by Jay Z, backed by ma­jor mu­sic heavy­weights in­clud­ing Madonna, Kanye West and the masked elec­tronic duo Daft Punk, who will all be eq­uity part­ners in the new Ti­dal and of­fer ex­clu­sive con­tent.

The site also fea­tures ex­clu­sive mu­sic videos from R&B singers Ri­hanna and Ali­cia Keys and rock­ers The White Stripes.

Jay Z bought Ti­dal

ear­lier

this year for US$56 mil­lion from its Swedish-listed par­ent com­pany Aspiro and mar­kets it­self to au­dio­philes.

In a pro­mo­tional video re­leased af­ter its launch, the com­pany said it is fo­cused valu­ing artists for their tal­ent, and not treat­ing them as mere prod­ucts, in a stab at other un­named stream­ing com­pa­nies. Bey­once posted the song un­ex­pect­edly on so­cial me­dia, much like the sur­prise re­lease of her epony­mous al­bum last year that quickly be­came a top-seller around the world.

By Sun­day af­ter­noon, Bey­once’s “Die With You” Face­book post had been shared close to 10,000 times and “Liked” by 129,000 fans.

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