Published: Wed, January 16, 2019
Life&Culture | By Sue Mclaughlin

Norway Authorities Looking To See If Tidal Committed Crimes For Beyonce & Kanye

Norway Authorities Looking To See If Tidal Committed Crimes For Beyonce & Kanye

According to Bloomberg.com, this subscription-based music and video streaming service is in the process of getting their numbers verified through an intense investigation by the Norway authorities.

In the wake of the report, a Norwegian songwriter's association known as Tono filed an official police complaint against Tidal.

Elisabeth Harbo-Lervik, the Chief Public Prosecutor at Norway's National Authority for Investigation and Prosecution of Economic and Environmental Crime (Okokrim) confirmed an investigation is underway, telling DN it is "still in its early stages".

The statement referenced by Tidal is from company CEO Richard Sanders from last May, following the first DN report, in which Tidal said they "reject and deny" the story's claims and said they had been the victims of a "data breach".

Both claims caused Dagens Næringsliv to begin investigating Tidal for trumped-up numbers. "We can not comment further at this time and refer to our previous statement, which still stands".

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The company behind Tidal was bought by Beyonce's husband, Jay-Z, in 2015.

Tidal's lawyer said the platform was "not under suspicion in this case". We are communicating with Okokrim. However, they have been accused of embellishing their streaming numbers for Kanye West's The Life of Pablo and Beyonce's Lemonade. "We are aware that at least one person we suspected of theft has been questioned", the spokesperson said in part.

Tidal was meant to provide artists a greater share of the proceeds from streaming than rival popular streaming services like Spotify and Apple Music.

The investigation looked at "whether someone has manipulated the number of times certain songs have been played", Oekokrim added, but without naming any suspects. About a year later, Jay-Z reportedly sent a letter to the previous owners Schibsted ASA, which is a Norwegian media company, on the seller apparently overstating the subscriber numbers for the streaming service at the time the original 2014 deal was made.

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