JAY-Z’s TIDAL streaming app is being accused of “massively” falsifying streaming plays of albums by his wife Beyonce and rap producer Kanye West.

According to a report by a Norwegian newspaper, TIDAL reportedly falsified over 320 million plays of Beyonce’s Lemonade and Kanye West’s The Life of Pablo.

TIDAL denied the claims, calling the report a “smear campaign.”

According to Music Business Worldwide, reporters from Dagens Naeringsliv obtained a hard drive that allegedly contained manipulated TIDAL streaming data.

The reporters took the hard drive to Norwegian University of Science and Technology’s Center for Cyber and Information Security (CCIS), for analysis.

DN reports the study found over 320 million falsified plays of Lemonade and TLOP. One example was a user who played TLOP tracks 96 times, including 54 times in the middle of the night.

In 2016, TIDAL announced that TLOP was streamed 250 million times in its first 10 days of release.

And in May 2016, The New York Times reported that Beyoncé’s album, which dropped 2 weeks earlier, received 306 million global streams.

TIDAL released a statement on Wednesday denying the allegations:

“This is a smear campaign from a publication that once referred to our employee as an “Israeli Intelligence officer” and our owner as a “crack dealer.

“We expect nothing less from them than this ridiculous story, lies and falsehoods. The information was stolen and manipulated and we will fight these claims vigorously.”

Photo by Jason Miller/Getty Images

  • RICHIE_RICH

    Lies! They reaching with Alligators arms

  • Itzgoingdown

    “Smear Campaign”….. that’s all that needs to be said. We all know the reason behind it. It wasn’t a problem when he was rapping about hoes and dope but now it’s a problem? Look at how much effort and detail they’re going through trying and bring this man down.

  • Jethro

    Couldn’t possibly have been as “Massively” Over-inflated as Khloe Kardashian’s ass.

  • TMW

    Too many holes in this story to even begin… SIGH

  • country57

    Damn, that got a big ass chuckle. Just did a visual on her latest picture.

  • jeniefrumdabloc™

    Chile … ? so damn true

  • Miss Thang

    not surprised at all.

  • Tammie Reed

    Nothing new here, they escalate celebs followers, views etc on all social platforms to make them look important. Take for perfect example these celebs, actors, rappers, singers etc they come out with a movie, album or project and it bombs! I’m thinking of Taraji’s last movie Proud Mary. She has all those followers but nobody went to see it! It’s all smoke n mirrors lol.

  • Tammie Reed

    I JUST FELL OUT! LOL!

  • bemetoo

    off topic…yall seen teairra mari sucking some dack..its small

  • Dove Amerie

    DAMN DAMN DAMN!!!! BY 320 million views? So basically nobody played Lemonada but Tina? So that’s why the Grammy’s held onto those statues. Tea is brewed

  • Dove Amerie

    Basically

  • FukkFolks2018

    I only heard what was released on the radio. I’m not buying or willingly listening to either. Ye or Bey. Or Jay. And I only listen to the radio once a day. Between 645 and 745a. Less if traffic good. Never in afternoon.

    Fukk em. Payola is still alive.

    The end

  • Miss Thang

    lollllllllllll

  • Fire & Ice

    It’s all an illusion. Most of what we see and hear, especially on social media is fake.

  • YellowSauce

    the music game is nice and distorted now because of the internet … my rapper friend says he can’t get signed w/o “numbers ” so numbers means more than talent these days … followers do not necessarily equate to sales …. the internet has basically made people stalkers it doesn’t mean they are your fans … most followers are nosy not necessarily consumers … for instance teyana taylor has millions of fans but just cancelled her reality show due to low ratings …. I watched her show but am not one of her followers …. so no followers do not equate to sales …what tidal does is crazy because it alienates their total fan base … so numbers DO lie if you falsify them … looks good for the billboards but fake sales is fake money at the end of the day …. they get their money from touring and products not from record sales … the labels make THAT money …. you HAVE to be on your toes in music or you WILL be graciously robbed … and especially by the people you trust .. its definitely a dirty game and that just music can you imagine what goes on in the movie industry …its all entertainment but a different lane even if they do intertwine often

  • FukkFolks2018

    and our owner as a “crack dealer.

    ^^^^
    So they forgot the word former?

    Ok

  • ?AriesBaby?

    Bahaha you noticed that too?! This ninja tried to expose her but he really just showed how small his dack is! ?

  • Bonita

    Well the owner is an admitted “crack dealer” so where’s the lie about that?

  • http://thedevereauxshow.com/ Ms.Devereaux

    They do this for all artist BUT the major labels ain’t get paid so it’s an issue Cardi album streams was inflated migos, drake, Nicki and the rest sooooooo let’s NOT and say that we did! I’m tired of it all

  • Allihave2say

    The seals around them are being broken, as if this is their Revelation.

  • Coy little wink

    Her doctor need his azz beat

  • Dontgetdraggedhoe??

    Duh
    Sure a lot of females idolize her but beyonce has been going down since before drunk in love. Her albums numbers those that arent from tidal are pathetic af. I knew jayz wanted that exclusivity just so he could fudge the number. This fool messed up anti’s number so his long suffering one trick pony could grab all the accolades. Fuh him and fuh that dead eye doormat too. Fraudulent heaux

  • abby500

    Well get to fighting because this is very believable. Who would know?

  • Pnthr

    Not shocking. Jay and Bey are all about image and fake numbers. ??

  • Junkanoo

    ” It’s all an illusion” especially the major news networks were adrift in a ocean of deception so much needs to be exposed.

  • Bossy704

    It’s unfortunate that TIDAL limits her accessibility. She could have way more streams if she were on multiple platforms. I haven’t heard a Beyoncé album in six or seven years. Still went to the concert and didn’t know one new song. All hail the queen. Buzz.

  • Sid

    They’re gunning for every successful black man

  • NY_bornNraised

    I unsubscribed to Tidal after they lied about the trial membership. They charged me at the beginning of the free trial. I had Itunes give me my money back.

  • sunni_daze

    And We’re merrily, merrily eating off these streams
    -Jay – Z 444 album

  • Doink_Ahanahue

    EXACTLY! Streaming or anything computer related is easily manipulated. And can be done “behind the scenes” and unbeknownst to the average user

  • cleopatra04

    Over inflating by 320 million is ridiculous. You’d have to have an ego the size of the Grand Canyon to be that desperate to appear successful.

  • SingleGalCrazyWorld

    I dont like Tidal or how Jay-Z has literally removed almost all of his classic songs from Youtube. I was just trying to find “What you gonna do” with him and Sean Paul on you tube yesterday smh…So a paper on the other side of the world has the scoop and a “hard drive” when the whistle blower could have went to any major news outlet in the U.S. or even the U.K.??? That in itself is unbelievable…

  • what?why

    With all that over-inflating of albums, what ere the numbers sold or listened too. Not high, to my knowledge. Shrugs

  • Fire & Ice

    Yup!!

  • Lady_Elle

    I choked on my coffee… the laugh was worth it. rofl

  • Trace da Ace

    “This is a smear campaign from a publication that once referred to our employee as an “Israeli Intelligence officer” and our owner as a “crack dealer.
    ^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^
    ummm……both references are not much farther from the truth…jus saying…

  • MyaCompton

    Sad lol but anywho i liked it!! I pay so much for my cable ill just rather wait for it come on demand for free lol!! #FrugalLifeBishes

  • Marlika

    I wouldn’t put it past this attention whore. She always wants people to believe she’s perfect with no flaws, always winning never losing. ?? this heffa learned from her cocked eyed papi on how to be crooked to stay on top.??

  • Y’all Jealous Cuz I’m Prudy

    Lol

  • bemetoo

    yes it is and it’s skinny

  • zero options

    Go after jayz? then go after tay-tay and the rest!

  • Blue

    Everything they do is over-inflated.

  • Carmen Harrison Johnson

    LMAO!!!!!!!!

  • Carmen Harrison Johnson

    #INTHATORDER

  • Skin Deep Beauty

    WHAT GOES UP… MUST COME DOWN. IDOL WORSHIPPING. THE LOVE OF MONEY! DABBLEING WITH THE DEVIL! THIS IS WHAT YOU GET. OH but us peasants are “haters”! FOH…THE GRANDIOSE OF IT ALL! And hell to the MUFUGGIN NAW…I WILL NOT SUPPORT THIS BLACK COUPLE BECAUSE THEY ARE BLACK.. They don’t even support black people.. THE STEP ON BLACK PEOPLE AND THEN CLAIM BLACK WHEN IT’S OPPORTUNE!

  • Skin Deep Beauty

    Success after STEPPING ON AND OVER THE BLACK COMMUNITY!! BYE FELICIA!!

  • Skin Deep Beauty

    Pssst HEY JAY… This isn’t crack dealing and street hustling homie. You FCKING WITH THE WRONG CREW! YOU DONE SHYTTED!!

  • Applebootay

    but cable ain’t frugal…but I know what you mean….LOL…I gave up cable for years until just recently….I was streaming only….and antenna tv….

  • Applebootay

    Dead eye? <>

  • Applebootay

    Yeah, I downloaded it for the free month and was gone….like give me a fugging break….ain’t no way in hail am I’m going….wait….I pay for Amazon music…nevermind…

  • Dontgetdraggedhoe??

    You ever see those clips of her just staring into the abyss? Girl look like she’s digging for clues in her mind and coming up blank

  • Smith Jane

    Damn!! ?

  • Smith Jane

    Shit ?

  • Munchosgirl

    It’s real…the photo that is? I thought some one had manipulated the photos!

  • http://sandrarose.com SandraRose

    The photo is real. The photo service is legit. It’s her butt that is fake.

  • Applebootay

    HOLLERING!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • missmiami305

    That’s his wife so hey lol. Not surprised! I don’t believe numbers nowadays anyway. They all inflated

  • Munchosgirl

    OMG! I am speechless!

  • country57

    Very real. :)

  • Goodii2Shoes

    :’) they got paid streaming royalties on false streams on an album riddled with stolen/unauthorized use of someone else’s artwork. Idk if the label is the bigger joke or the carters

  • Goodii2Shoes

    Graciously.& if u don’t trust any of them (bc Idk who still puts trust in music industry niggxs.) It’s the ppl u would not believe or expect.
    & they will then graciously present awards speeches wearing designer while robbing u, graciously, walking the red carpet.

  • Goodii2Shoes

    A young dreadhead black man told me that “amongst men” you can “never trust a grown man with no facial hair. A man aint supposed to hv a face smooth as a baby’s bottom. He might b a pedophile” lol then,
    -jayz was the 1st barefaced adult black male I saw & wondered who even told him he looks good barefaced.lol. but, his shxt bad like pedophilia , so..