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Jay-Z’s Tidal Under Investigation in Norway Over Streaming Fraud Allegations

TIDAL is now being probed by the Norwegian Authority for Investigation of Economic and Environmental Crime (Okokrim) after having received allegations from Norwegian artist associations claiming potential loss of income from the manipulation of streaming data. – Bloomberg via Fortune » http://bit.ly/2TSnO9z

JAY-Z Album Arrives On All Streaming Platforms — Except Spotify

JAY-Z’s move to hold his album from Spotify isn’t exactly a surprise. In April, he removed his entire catalog from the service without explaining why. Some theorized at the time it was because the streaming service’s ad-based freemium tier paid less than subscriber-only services—which may have been what spurred him to launch his own music streaming service with Tidal in March of 2015. The move may also have been a way to drive his fans to his own platform ahead of TIDAL’s week-long exclusive launch of 4:44. – Andy Gensler, Billboard http://ift.tt/2uQVhEP

Following Uproar, Tidal Makes Jay-Z’s ‘4:44’ Album Available to All Users

Some 72 hours later, it seems that pre-existing condition has been lifted, with the company announcing, along with Sprint CEO Marcelo Claure, that: “Response to Jay-Z’s ‘4:44’ has been unbelievable from Sprint and existing Tidal members who have been able to exclusively stream the album since Friday. Now anyone who joins Tidal can experience Jay-Z’s innovative new work. Of course, Sprint customers and those who switch to Sprint can continue to enjoy a six-month trial of Tidal HiFi on us.” – Variety http://bit.ly/2skhGtc

TIDAL just smashed streaming album records. Not a ‘serious competitor’?

According to trusted market monitor BuzzAngle, Lemonade was the biggest-selling album in the US so far this year (it won’t be for long: Drake’s Views is about to eclipse it). Lemonade shifted 656,484 ‘album projects’ in its opening week, says the company. This included 489,000 ‘pure’ album downloads, as well as 908,000 song sales. However, it also included 115.5m streams of Lemonade tracks on TIDAL. – Tim Ingham, Music Business Worldwide http://ift.tt/23lw8vY

A lawsuit against Kanye West and Tidal strikes at music streamings newest problem

Yesterday (April 18), one indignant fan filed a lawsuit against West and the streaming company, claiming they duped customers into signing up for subscriptions under false pretenses. “If they can mark an album as an exclusive, they can generate a lot of interest,” says Jay Edelson, founder of Edelson PC, the consumer tech privacy law firm representing the plaintiff, Justin Baker-Rhett. “In this case, we had an artist who wanted it both ways—he wanted to force customers to use one platform where he was a part owner, but also didn’t want to lose out on sales [from other platforms].” – Amy X. Wang, Quartz

Watch out Netflix and Hulu: Jay Z’s Tidal to start streaming movies

Multiple sources confirmed to us that the service is in negotiations with movie industry executives for a partnership to create films for Tidal, with a focus on the artists signed to the streaming service. Tidal has already put in a request to Apple for approval to add movie streaming to their app, we’re told, and the service could be up and running as early as June. – Emily Smith, Page Six

Samsung Isn’t Interested In Buying Jay Z’s Tidal Streaming Service

Tidal may grab plenty of headlines, but it also isn’t doing very well. As of late last year, the company only had one million paying subscribers, which puts it far, far behind the massive numbers that have been secured by competitors like Spotify, Apple Music, and iHeartRadio. While Tidal isn’t as popular as those that invested in it thought it was going to be when the company relaunched here in the U.S., that doesn’t mean it is done for. High-profile releases from superstars like Rihanna and Kanye West might have both been botched in their own ways, but they also brought a lot of attention to the struggling service. – Hugh McIntyre, Forbes
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