(AllHipHop News) Is the Tidal streaming platform under investigation in Norway? Reports have suggested the Jay-Z fronted company is being inspected by the Norwegian criminal unit Økokrim for allegedly inflating streaming numbers associated with Kanye West’s The Life of Pablo and Beyoncé’s Lemonade.
A representative from Tidal provided a statement about the matter to AllHipHop.com:
Tidal is not a suspect in the investigation. We are communicating with Økokrim. From the very beginning, DN has quoted documents that they have not shared with us in spite of repeated requests. DN has repeatedly made claims based on information we believe may be falsified. We are aware that at least one person we suspected of theft has been questioned. We cannot comment further at this time and refer to our previous statement, which still stands.
The allegations of inflated Tidal figures began with an article published by Norway's Dagens Næringsliv (DN) newspaper. Previously, Tidal CEO Richard Sanders addressed the accusations. Sanders said in May 2018:
We reject and deny the claims that have been made by Dagens Næringsliv. Although we do not typically comment on stories we believe to be false, we feel it is important to make sure that our artists, employees, and subscribers know that we are not taking the security and integrity of our data lightly, and we will not back down from our commitment to them. When we learned of a potential data breach we immediately, and aggressively, began pursuing multiple avenues available to uncover what occurred. This included reporting it to proper authorities, pursuing legal action, and proactively taking steps to further strengthen our stringent security measures that are already in place. Additionally, we have engaged an independent, third party cyber-security firm to conduct a review of what happened and help us further protect the security and integrity of our data. We are proud of the hard work, devotion to our artist driven mission, and tremendous accomplishments of our over one hundred employees in Norway and fifty more in the United States. We look forward to sharing with them, and all of our partners, the results of the review once completed.