Even though the album is only available on Tidal for streaming listeners, fans and non-subscribers willing to buy Beyoncé’s new album Lemonade are now able to enjoy it. Tidal just announced that both the record and the film that aired on HBO last night are now available for download worldwide for $17.99. Users who pick up the album will also be given a 90 day free trial for the streaming service.
The news comes as a boon for Bey fans who’ve up until now hesitated to sign up for Tidal. According to the company, making the visual album available for download opens it up to fans around the world, including areas where the service hasn’t launched.In addition, the New York Times reports and The Verge confirms that the album will be available on iTunes at midnight. Sources say that Tidal’s exclusivity rights to sell the album will expire tonight at 10pm ET. However, this deal is strictly for sales. Streaming, as previously indicated, is still available exclusively on Tidal, meaning Spotify, Apple Music, and Google Play Music are left out. Apple declined to comment.
Lemonade is already getting raves in the day since its release. In giving the album four out of five stars, The Guardian’s Alexis Petridis writes that “Beyoncé sounds very much like a woman not to be messed with.” Obviously, if you haven’t listened to the album or watched the film, hurry up and do it.