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By Joe Kukura on Mar 31, 2015

The 16 biggest names in pop music gathered onstage for a big announcement Monday, but they all forgot to announce anything. The occasion was the star-studded relaunch of a music streaming service called Tidal, a celebrity-backed venture that united Madonna, Jay Z, Beyonce, Kanye West, Daft Punk, deadmau5 and many other famed musicians onstage. Each of these artists is presumably an investor in the project, which seeks to change the streaming music revenue model that many artists feel drastically shortchanges them.  Will Tidal have any exclusive music that I won't find elsewhere? They didn't say. Will Tidal remain ad-free? They didn't say. How will Tidal provide me with a music listening experience unlike any other? They didn't say. In fact, they didn't say much of anything at Tidal's intro

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