Jay-Z’s streaming platform Tidal has been accused of manipulating media streaming statistics in favour of his wife, Beyonce.
The accusation was spearheaded by Norwegian songwriters, composers and music publisher made this claim in a complaint.
The music publishers had on Monday revealed that they got a media report from the rap mogul’s platform to substantiate their claim.
According to the financial daily, Dagens Naeringsliv, the streaming numbers for Beyonce’s “Lemonade” and Kanye West’s “The Life of Pablo” were inflated through false play counts on Tidal.
This manipulation, however, earned the heavyweight artists excessive royalty payouts.
AFP reported that in an email sent to them, Tidal lawyer, Jordan Siev, rejected the allegations, calling them a “smear campaign” cooked with “lies”.
Siev denied the allegation while suggesting that their data may have been stolen.
Meanwhile, a Norwegian organisation, Tono have insisted that there are strong proof that the claims were true and they have filed a complaint with the police.
Tono director Cato Strom said in a statement, “We have to protect the interests of the rights holders for whom we work, but we also believe that a complaint is in the interest of Tidal which says the data has been stolen and manipulated.”
According to an analysis provided by the Norwegian Center for Cyber and Information Security (CCIS), DN claimed more than 320 million false plays of songs from the two albums over short periods. This manipulation it said affected over 1.7 million users.
This accusation suggest that Beyonce and West would have received great amount of royalties at the expense of some artists.
Jay-Z became the owner of Tidal in March 2015 through an investment worth $56 million.
The online streaming service can be traced to Oslo where a great amount of its activities hold.