Tidal is being investigated over allegations of falsely inflating listening numbers. I swear this is deja vu!
From Bloomberg News
The investigations follow ongoing reports by Norwegian newspaper Dagens Næringsliv that the music streaming service had inflated its listening numbers of artists such as Beyonce and Kanye West.
Tidal is now being probed by the Norwegian Authority for Investigation of Economic and Environmental Crime (Okokrim) after having received allegations from Norwegian artist associations claiming potential loss of income from the manipulation of streaming data.
Okokrim said it had initiated an investigation to confirm or deny the alleged manipulation, according to Harbo-Lervik, and declined to give any further details on the investigation.
Tidal’s lawyer Fredrik Berg at Fend, an Oslo-based law firm, said that Tidal is not suspected or charged. Berg declined to give any further comments.
“Tidal is not a suspect in the underlying investigation,” a spokeswoman for the company said. “We are communicating with Økokrim. We are aware that at least one person we suspected of theft has been questioned.”