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Tidal involved in Norwegian investigation into possible manipulated streaming data

Tidal is back in headlines with questions about the accuracy of its internal stream counts, but the story is gnarlier than it appears. The Norwegian Authority for Investigation of Economic and Environmental Crime (Okokrim) has reportedly launched an investigation after receiving allegations from domestic artist associations about potential loss of income due to manipulation of streaming data, according to Bloomberg Quint. Tidal appears to be involved, but is reportedly not under investigation. Continue Reading

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Tidal subject to more rumors of false numbers; plans investigation into data breach

Tidal is no stranger to the rumor mill, but the past few weeks have been more eventful than usual for the streaming audio company. Norwegian newspaper Dagens Næringsliv has made multiple allegations about the platform, first that it intentionally inflated the stream counts for albums by Kanye West and Beyoncé, and more recently that it has fallen behind on payments to labels. Tidal has denied the newspaper’s claims. Continue Reading