Tidal, a music and video streaming service based on a subscription owned by rapper Jay-Z, is being investigated in Norway for allegations of false inflated listening counts.
Investigations are ongoing after Dagens Næringsliv, a Norwegian daily, reports that the streaming service has inflated counts of listeners, such as Beyonce and Kanye West.
Tidal is now being investigated by the Norwegian Office for Economic and Ecological Crime Investigation (Okokrim) after receiving accusations from Norwegian artists' associations who believe they are losing their data manipulation revenues.
"It has been known through media coverage that the news is about Tidal streaming service and the suspicion that someone has manipulated a number of game songs," Okokrim deputy Elisabeth Harbo-Lervik said in an e-mail.
Okokrim said he had begun an investigation to confirm or deny the alleged manipulation of Harbo-Lervik and refused to provide further details of the investigation.
Tidal Fredrik Berg's lawyer at Fend, a law firm in Oslo, said Tidal was not suspected or accused. Berg refused further comments.
"Tidal is not a suspect in a fundamental investigation," the company spokesman said. "We are communicating with Økokrim, and we are aware that at least one person suspected of theft has been questioned."
Jay-Z earned a $ 56 million transaction in 2014 to earn more of its streaming revenue, which now accounts for more than half of all US sales. During his presentation in 2015, he presented co-owners like Rihanna and Alicia Keys.
Services have not been able to compete with platforms such as Spotify Technology SA and Apple Music. In 2017, Sprint Corp. gained a 33% share, according to reports reported by Tidal in sales talks with Apple, according to The Wall Street Journal.
A year after the tide was bought, Jay-Z sent a letter to the owners of Schibsted ASA, a Norwegian media company, and accused the vendor of defrauding the subscriber at the time of the deal.
The latest complaints come from Norwegian copyright and music associations, following Dagens Næringslivina's investigation in 2018. The newspaper, together with the Norwegian University of Science and Technology, analyzed the data that are claimed to be Tidal's raw materials. The University has produced a report showing that data has been manipulated at specific times.