The Norwegian authorities have opened investigations into reports that millions of tidal streams have never occurred, Dagens Næringsliv reports a Norwegian financial newspaper. Økokrim, Norway's national agency for investigating and prosecuting economic and environmental crime, is carrying out the investigation after reports emerged last May that 320 million streams of Beyoncés Lemonade and Kanye West The life of Pablo were fraudulent.
If that's true, inflating the number of streams each album received would artificially increase royalty payments for each artist. In the same month in which reports of the fake streaming numbers were published, Tidal reportedly lingered for months on license payments to three major record labels. The streaming service was also accused of increasing the total number of participants from 350,000 to 1
The investigation, which began last autumn, began after four Norwegian music organizations filed police reports in response to the allegations. Dagens Næringsliv reports that Økokrim allegedly has already subjected four former Tidal employees to cross-trial for 25 hours.
Commenting on the investigation reports, a representative said, "Tidal is not a suspect in the investigation. We communicate with Økokrim. DN has from the beginning cited documents that they have not shared with us despite repeated requests. DN has repeatedly made allegations on the basis of information that we believe may be counterfeit. We are aware that at least one person we suspected was stolen was questioned. We can not comment further at this time.
Tidal also referred The Verge to his statement, which was published immediately after the appearance of the reports. It states that it examines the data breach that DN receives the information into the hands. She said that she had used a third-party cybersecurity company to investigate the data breach and that the data behind it DN was inaccurate.
Tidal has tried different strategies to stand out from the competition. In addition to streaming exclusives such as Beyoncé's Lemonade and West's The Life of Pablo the streaming service also announced the audio quality of its music streams, recorded in 16-bit / 44.1 in CD Quality was kHz or even high-resolution MQA at a time when most of the industry was still limited to 320 Kbps.
However, these benefits have been slowly eroded over time. The Life of Pablo appeared just a few weeks ago on competing streaming services, after West claimed that it would never be " never on Apple ," and the music-streaming service Deezer now offers both CD-quality streams and high-resolution MQA tracks.