Tidal has long been accused of falsifying numbers and faking streams, but now the company is being investigated by Norwegian authorities.
According to Dagens Næringsliv, a Norwegian financial newspaper, Norway’s National Authority for Investigation and Prosecution of Economic and Environmental Crime, is conducting the investigation after reports emerged last May that 320 million streams of Beyoncé’s Lemonade and Kanye West’s The Life of Pablo were fraudulent.
By inflating streams, the company would then be increasing royalty payments for each artist affected. Tidal has also been accused of inflating overall subscriber numbers from 350,000 to over 1 million.
Dagens Næringsliv reports that authorities have already cross-examined four former Tidal employees for 25 hours.
Tidal maintains the company’s innocence.