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Has Tidal bluffing-owner Jay-Z with Streaming Numbers?

In may 2018, the Norwegian newspaper "Dagens Næringsliv informed" her readers for the first time, and with the big letters: "beyoncé's handset, and Tidal figures are manipulated."

Already in the next sentence, the newspaper wrote that not only the access numbers of the album, "Lemonade", the US singer – nota bene, the wife of Tidal-co-owner of Jay-Z and even a shareholder, but also those of the "Life of Pablo" by Kanye West also it is a part of the Tidal belongs artificially to the top have been driven. In a large scale: hundreds of millions of allegedly retrieved songs.

So the two Superstars and their record companies should be paid for thanks to the false Numbers at the expense of other artists higher, because a significant imbalance in the distribution of royalties.

According to the "Dagens Næringsliv" paid-Tidal in 2016 approximately 4 million US dollars in royalties to the Label, Sony, in which Beyoncé is under contract. Alone $ 2.5 million for call-offs from "Lemonade" flowed. Universal 3.2 million US-dollars flowed, therefore, alone is US $ 2 million for the Streams of West's Album.

Together with experts from the Norwegian University of science and technology, the newspaper had investigated the Numbers and data from Tidal. In the final report, it means that at certain points in time, manipulated data. The company is Tidal, with its headquarters in Oslo denies the manipulation.

A case to Økokrim

The allegations also called the Norwegian copyright law and music organisations, who submitted a complaint. With Success. According to the business portal Bloomberg.com an investigation by the Norwegian Agency for fight against economic, environmental and computer crime (Økokrim) is currently running against the subscription-based streaming service provider.

"By the media reports, it became known that there is a suspicion that someone has tampered with the number of pieces of some of the songs on Tidals Streaming Service",-quotes the lawyer of Økokrim, Elisabeth Harbo-Lervik, from an E-Mail to Bloomberg. We have now launched an investigation, the allegation of an alleged Manipulation.

According to the Tidals lawyer Fredrik Berg Fend Tidal'm neither suspected nor accused. Further comments mountain refused.

as early as 2017 the "Dagens Næringsliv had" the of Tidal projected number of subscribers to three million users after only one year.

But he did not doubt Jay-Z – once he had acquired in 2015, the service from the Norwegian-Swedish technology group, Aspiro (see Infobox) – to this Pay. The Star Rapper sent a year after the Takeover the previous owner a letter, in which he accused the seller, at the time of the transaction, the subscriber numbers will be oversubscribed. He had demanded a compensation, because the purchase price had been much too high. (nag)

Created: 15.01.2019, 19:11 PM

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