Wednesday, May 09, 2018

Tidal Accused of Falsifying Streaming Numbers


Two years ago there were whispers Jay Z was inflating the numbers for his music streaming service Tidal [click here if you missed that].

The whispers are starting to get loud...

From Variety
Tidal has been accused of intentionally falsifying streaming numbers for Beyonce’s “Lemonade” and Kanye West’s “Life of Pablo” albums and consequently paying inflated royalties to the artists’ labels, in a report by Norwegian newspaper Dagens Næringsliv (via Music Business Worldwide). The paper has accused Tidal, which is primarily owned by Beyonce’s husband Jay-Z, of inflating its subscriber numbers in the past, claims the company has denied; in a statement to Variety, it also denied the latest accusations.
Today’s report, according to MBW’s translation, says that “Beyoncé’s and Kanye West’s listener numbers on Tidal have been manipulated to the tune of several hundred million false plays… which has generated massive royalty payouts at the expense of other artists.” It bases this claim on data contained within a hard drive it obtained that “contains ‘billions of rows of [internal TIDAL data]: times and song titles, user IDs and country codes.” Tidal has disputed the information on the hard drive, but the paper asserts that it matches information received by labels for the time period.

Read the full piece here

28 comments:

Anonymous said...

Where's Lurker???

Anonymous said...

this is some of that long island iced tea.

Niyabinghi/ObeahWomanWarrior said...

I am sure they all do, how the fuck you think that no talent taylor swift got so popular, certainly not on those monotonous mundane basic ass lyrics.

Anonymous said...

@Snitch

Oh Lord Chris Brown done got himself in some more trouble. Something about some woman claiming a rape at his house that involved this woman having to perform oral sex on some menustrating woman...and some mo' shit.

Allihave2say said...

The reason Jayz wants to avoid that SEC deposition is because they can ask any questions they want about anything under oath and use it against him later.

I don't know of anyone who bought Lemonade. Tidal didn't pay Kanye so who did they route his money too?
@8:10 Woman should avoid CB and CB should avoid women. I've always rooted for his recovery. Right now he's too sick for his own good.

Anonymous said...

Lurker

Anonymous said...

Everything about jay and bey is false, this is only new to those who have been under their spell, the sooner they go the better for me, then the community and music can start the healing process They can take their shitty dangerous divisive low brow poisonous ‘music’ and imagery to hell where it came from

Anonymous said...

I am confused. We all know Jay doesnt actually own Tidal. So why is he taking the blame for these inflations?? Serious question.

Anonymous said...

Tidal is free on sprint. Sprint is merging with tmobile. Tidal numbers will soon increase due to merger.

Anonymous said...

Check out Brent Christopher’s comments on TGjuice, facts on facts on facts, bam!

Anonymous said...

@10:58pm T-mobile may not take Tidal due to the current streaming scandal and the numerous lawsuits that Tidal is facing (lawyers that helped Jay seal the deal are suing Jay. Jay is suing Tidal's previous owners). The Sprint & T-Mobile merger has been on/off for years and T-Mobile has more money than Sprint, which gives T-Mobile all the leverage in the deal. Remember, Sprint only owns 33% of Tidal.

Anonymous said...

Seems like they coming for Jay bcuz other companies do this shit all the time....and yes, they wanna go diggin for dirt...
Meanwhile, execs from Wells Fargo still out here Free after they frauded thousands of people...

Anonymous said...

This is an inside job. We are talking federal. Someone was on here saying Kanyé aligned himself with trump in order to save his life. Jay-Z got them killers on payroll, remember.

All this "slavery was a choice", "maga hat" "TMZ rant" was probably the humiliation payment.

Every piece of information coming out of Hollywood is tightly controlled. Even Kanyé's ass. Who let him off the reservation & why???

Now he (or someone he knows) dropped that software on them & is hoping they will / can expose it all & take the heat off / exonerate him. These ninjas playing chess for real. Only winner will be yt.

Quiet as its kept, I think Kris Jenner has more clout / pull than Jay-Z. Jay is looking seriously stressed lately.

Anonymous said...

Now Jay's ass is on the chopping block. Kanyé is quieter than a church house mouse.

Perfect timing of Kim's tweet announcing the re-cloistering of Yé & the 5 album project.

Man, these celebrities & politicians need a new playbook. Shit is see through deception.

"Thou must first tell them, before ye no vaseline them". - some English guy

Chrissy Snow said...

@3:58 The Trump blanket of treachery won't cover this one. This investigation was initiated by a Norwegian business publication around the time of Kanye's TLOP release. Trump wasn't even president at that time.
PMK is an evil, manipulative you know what but she has no influence in the music industry or the Norwegian press.
This case is the result of a company that is desperate to appear profitable and gets sloppy with their schemes.

Merkaba Morris said...

Well Well well apparently numbers do lie ......They are using all the entertainers for the distractions these days, Jay Z thought because he turned Beyonce into a robot he was gone be able to control her money,wrong they gone use him and her until they go broke and then they gone reveal all they secrets and take back everything they gave them.and they will see is was not worth merging ur energy with the entity and selling your soul experience here in this illusion.i t don't matter if u are a rich or poor Slave we are all stuck here in this prison ,these fools took a vow to deceive the masses and intentionally keep they people dumb down and sleep, so they can keep resetting time in your mind ,and y'all keep creating this prison planet over and over again... Wake up Learn Yourself Love and Light

Anonymous said...

DUH.

In other news, the sun produces heat.....

Anonymous said...

Fake, greedy, narcissist problems

Anonymous said...

I can’t take anyone serious that stand these people, that’s my cue to distance myself. I wish jay, bey and all their Stans would move to that island they lied about, impossible right, damn, they are like pollution, toxic pollution that we are stuck with, ughhhhh

Felicia said...

Considering all the supposed happiness Bey and J ya share, Jay sure looks haggard these days..
When was the last time he shaved? He don’t even look like he bathe anymore.🤣🤣

Anonymous said...

wait he's been getting artists more money than anyone streaming service? This is business they all do it. I still will continue to support Jay Z, because he owns a streaming service and not begging for crums from Itunes. So the only thing I got is So what he isnt hurting anyone.

Anonymous said...

REMMMMMIX :::Kanye came thru snitching, snitch snitch
Nigga a coon now he snitchin

Anonymous said...

11:04 no sweetheart try again. you need to either need to read the article, or take reading comprehension courses. those bitches are clear SCAM ARTISTS!!

Tippie Toes said...

These whispers started as soon as Tidal launched.

Anonymous said...

@11:04 AM. They are hurting people, they are hurting people who like REAL MUSIC to cope. So, they (CONters, I mean Carters)took advantage of that their way. Talent builds up, not number up. Some people are not distracted by the games and numbers. They listen to what they want to listen to even if it's old. Some people will just listen to a song and go about their day and they want that kind of talent back. Thanks Childish Gambino cause I don't care about his numbers, his life, his money, his sales, his relationship etc....If it sounds good, it sounds good and it served it's purpose. PERIOD!!!! Goodbye.

Anonymous said...

All I kept thinking is how this info leaking will impact other artists namely Kanye and kim and PMK who is his handler. Kanye as well as Beyonce and many other artists were paid royalties for imflated streams so how many of these artists have money now owed to the government that was obtained fraudulently? Jay doesn't want to sit fowm because this rabbit hole goes deep. They want nanmes and have contacted indivuindi Today account holders to verify the data by one of the most prestigious tech companies out there. It's just a matter of time.

Anonymous said...

Individual Tidal account owners and the data is not adding up.

Anonymous said...

1:15 kanye might not have been paid. J&b stole all the fake stream royalty money for themselves.

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