A Norwegian newspaper Dagens Næringsliv did some investigating and is reporting that Jay Z’s Tidal streaming service has falsified 300 million streams. Tidal, which is headed by Jay Z, is being accused of padding the numbers to get artists like Kanye West and Beyonce “massive royalty payouts.”
The newspaper took the number of alleged streams and compared it to the number of subscribers at the time and it just wasn’t adding up. Then the organization received a hard drive containing two billion rows of internal Tidal streaming data which the Norwegian University of Science and Technology’s Center for Cyber and Information Security analyzed. This analysis found that 150 million of West’s The Life of Pablo plays and 170 million of Beyonce’s Lemonade plays were “duplicates” that did not reflect the actual listening activity of the subscribers.
Tidal’s lawyers responded to these allegations calling the reporting, “a smear campaign from a publication that once referred to our employee as an ‘Israeli Intelligence officer’ and our owner as a ‘crack dealer.’ We expect nothing less from them than this ridiculous story, lies and falsehoods. The information was stolen and manipulated and we will fight these claims vigorously.”