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Rapper and music mogul Jay Z has stirred up some commotion in Silicon Valley after he was spotted leaving Samsung’s offices this week.
Jay Z, who co-owns the music-streaming service, Tidal, reportedly met with executives at the offices of Samsung Research America, Variety reports.
The tech company’s content strategy division is also housed there, according to the entertainment industry trade magazine.
While it is unclear why Jay Z was at Samsung or what, if anything, the millionaire mogul and the tech giant might be cooking up, it has prompted whispers about a potential deal between the two.
Tidal has had its own challenges since it launched earlier this year. Several high-level executives have come and gone, the company was hit with a $50 million lawsuit, and the streaming service has been lambasted by critics and some artists.
Jay Z himself has clapped back at naysayers both during performances and on social media, suggesting he has no intention to give up on Tidal.
Jay-Z leaving Samsung corp. in Silicon Valley right now pic.twitter.com/AQAJWzL6lq
— Damian Trujillo (@newsdamian) October 15, 2015
According to people familiar with Jay Z’s Samsung visit who were cited by Variety, Jay Z reportedly met with the company’s SVP of content and services – Daren Tsui – who is also responsible for Milk Music.
Rumblings of a potential Tidal shakeup began this past summer, but indications from inside the company have suggested Tidal was staying its course. Madonna, who is a co-owner, said in an interview with the Associated Press in July: “It’s just the beginning, so we’re working out a lot of kinks … we’re going to build something unique and amazing that’s going to attract a lot of people.”
We have reached out to Tidal and Samsung for comment. We’ll update this post when we learn more.