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TIDAL Streaming Numbers Under Investigation for Fraud

January 14, 2019 | Posted by Jeffrey Harris

Bloomberg reports that TIDAL, the music subscription service owned by rapper Jay-Z, is currently under investigation in Norway for allegations of falsely inflating its numbers.

The investigation comes in the wake of reports by the Norwegian newspaper Dagens Næringsliv stating that TIDAL inflated its listening numbers of artists, including Jay-Z’s own wife Beyonce and rapper Kanye West. The investigation comes from the Norwegian Authority for Investigation of Economic and Environmental Crime (Okokrim). The probe started after the organization received allegations from the Norwegian artist associations, which claimed potential loss of income from the manipulation of streaming data by TIDAL.

Okokrim Attorney Elisabeth Harbo-Lervik commented on the investigation, “It has been made known through media coverage that the reports relate to Tidal’s streaming service and a suspicion that someone has manipulated the number of plays of some songs.”

Harbo-Lervik added that the investigation was started in order to confirm or deny the apparent manipulation. Meanwhile, TIDAL’s lawyer Fredrik Berg of the Oslo-based law firm, Fend, claimed that TIDAL is currently not suspected or charged. The attorney opted not to offer any additional comments.

A spokeswoman for the company released a statement, saying, “Tidal is not a suspect in the underlying investigation. We are communicating with Økokrim. We are aware that at least one person we suspected of theft has been questioned.”

TIDAL was acquired by Jay-Z in 2014 for $56 million. About a year later, Jay-Z reportedly sent a letter to the previous owners Schibsted ASA, which is a Norwegian media company, on the seller apparently overstating the subscriber numbers for the streaming service at the time the original 2014 deal was made.

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