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BREAKING: Tidal manipulated Lemonade and The Life of Pablo streams

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You might recall that, in the deep dark recesses of music streaming history – ie. two years ago – Jay Z-owned TIDAL left many in the music business scratching their heads.

In March 2016, the firm claimed that Kanye West’s The Life Of Pablo, a six-week exclusive on its platform, had been streamed 250m times in just 10 days.

At the same time, TIDAL claimed that its platform had surpassed 3m subscribers.

These numbers meant that, on average, every single TIDAL subscriber would have had to be playing the Kanye album over eight times a day.

Similar suspicions were triggered by the success of Beyonce’s record-breaking Lemonade a couple of months later.

TIDAL claimed that Lemonade was streamed 306m times on its platform in its first 15 days post-release.

Stats like this led Norwegian newspaper Dagens Næringsliv to investigate in January 2017 – and uncover documents which, it said, suggested that TIDAL had been deliberately inflating its subscriber figures.

Its central accusation: ‘Beyoncé’s and Kanye West’s listener numbers on TIDAL have been manipulated to the tune of several hundred million false plays… which has generated massive royalty payouts at the expense of other artists.’

 

 

Link to the article: https://www.musicbusinessworldwide.com/did-tidal-falsify-streams-to-bulk-up-kanye-west-and-beyonce-numbers/

 

And here's a link to the report:

https://cdn.mbw.44bytes.net/files/2018/05/NTNU_DigitalForensicsReport_DN_Final_Version.pdf

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We were approached by DN to investigate possible fraudulent manipulation of data in the database of a music streaming service. We have through advanced statistical analysis determined that there has in fact been a manipulation of the data at particular times. The manipulation appears targeted towards a very specific set of track IDs, related to two distinct albums. It is difficult to determine the exact cause and means of the manipulation, but it is likely that several methods were used. The manipulation looks to have become more sophisticated during the period for which we have data. It starts with simple duplication and possible insertion of fabricated playbacks of tracks, to more advanced (and difficult to detect) manipulation at the timestamp by adjusting the timestamps of duplicates with something evenly divisible by six minutes. The advanced manipulation was more difficult to detect, because playbacks have not been simply duplicated or inserted into the log files. Our analysis also show that a considerable amount of system users was affected by the manipulation during these days. It is very unlikely (but not impossible) the manipulation is the result of an external attack or that an outside source has affected the accuracy of the data. The absence of noise in the data and log files suggests that a Structured Query Language (SQL) based attack was not the cause of the manipulation. Also, unrelated third-party attackers do not have motivation for manipulating the playbacks for very specific tracks. Our analysis also shows a significant number of system users were affected by the manipulation, which may exclude a external or user originated manipulation. As such the manipulation likely originates from within the streaming service itself. Due to the targeted nature and extent of the manipulation, it is very unlikely that this manipulation was solely the result of a code based bug or other anomalies.

 

The writers of this report confirm that we have no conflict of interest of any kind, other than any which are set out below. The writers will advise Dagens Næringsliv, if between the date of this report and any further request if there is any change in circumstances which affects this statement.

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Well, what do you think? It's pretty clear they inflated the numbers for Lemonade and TLOP.

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Just now, XxJTheBerrixX said:

I’m shocked but I’m also not shocked at the same time. This is very interesting :nails:

It is VERY interesting

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The consequences of this alleged tampering are seismic.

DN says it has gained access to record company royalty payment reports, which reveal that TIDAL paid Sony in excess of $4 million across April and May of 2016.

Of this, Lemonade – a Billboard 200 No.1 album – accounted for $2.5 million, based on the figures reported by TIDAL.

It’s a similar case for The Life of Pablo: according to DN, in February and March 2016, TIDAL paid Universal a total of €3.2 million.

Of this, The Life of Pablo cashed in around €2 million.

 

I guess we know why they did it :nails:

This also explains why TIDAL exclusives were a great move. :nails:

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This is interesting I've been reading the report and according to them the gist of it is that users' streaming data were manipulated to end songs at moments where the seconds align all in the same day gfhjdsksjfhfd. The flops couldn't even generate a random time.

I ALSO LOVE HOW AFTER 25 PAGES THEY MENTION BEYONCE IS MARRIED TO JAY-Z HFDKKDKJHC.

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Figure 12 show that Beyonc´e’s album have a similar behaviour as we found for Kanye’s album. Beyonc´e is married to Jay Z (Shawn Corey Carter).

Lowkey mad because Tidal should have at least done this mess to inflate Rihanna's sales, not just TLOP and Limes, humph r0L46cg.png

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The top thirteen tracks played on 2016- 01-28 was all from Rihanna’s album, with a total of 4 413 802 playbacks on this day alone. The highest track – not related to this album – was Formation (trackid: 57034935) by Beyonc´e. The top eighteen tracks played on 2016-02-14 was all from Kanye’s album, with a total of 33 331 035. Kanye’s album had 655.15% more playbacks than Rihanna’s album on their release dates.

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A noteable distinction between these albums is that Kanye’s ‘Life of Pablo’ continued to have unnatural high number of playbacks over several days. Although both Kanye and Rihanna have somewhat similar popularity, Rihanna’s album flattened out much quicker. Even if this particular music streaming platform could have a certain userbase, we would expect Kanye’s spike to react in a similar fashion as Rihanna’s spike. That is, a small spike (not quite as high as indicated by the figure) and then a fast decline and normalisation of the numbers.

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We would expect them to be more similar behaviour as Rihanna’s album: a small spike in interest for the album on release day, and then quickly subside. However, previous analysis steps show that this was not the case for ‘Life of Pablo’ and ‘Lemonade’

 

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Just now, badgallaura said:

This is interesting I've been reading the report and according to them the gist of it is that users' streaming data were manipulated to end songs at moments where the seconds align all in the same day gfhjdsksjfhfd. The flops couldn't even generate a random time.

I ALSO LOVE HOW AFTER 25 PAGES THEY MENTION BEYONCE IS MARRIED TO JAY-Z HFDKKDKJHC.

Lowkey mad because Tidal should have at least done this mess to inflate Rihanna's sales, not just TLOP and Limes, humph r0L46cg.png

 

 

Rihanna needs to run far away from the Carters lmao, they're lowkey sabotaging her career

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Just now, Ignacio said:

Rihanna needs to run far away from the Carters lmao, they're lowkey sabotaging her career

I mean Jay-Z did believe in her (with some bumps in her early career) but he's the head of Tidal so it's unforgivable how ANTI didn't get the release it deserved. She was right to tell us to buy her album on iTunes and not TIDAL, they couldn't even inflate her sales properlymMLqwqD.gif

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Just now, badgallaura said:

I mean Jay-Z did believe in her (with some bumps in her early career) but he's the head of Tidal so it's unforgivable how ANTI didn't get the release it deserved. She was right to tell us to buy her album on iTunes and not TIDAL, they couldn't even inflate her sales properlymMLqwqD.gif

In the end, it's more convenient for him to inflate his wife's sales since he'll be able to access that money.

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Oop time to recalculate the sales of both albums and dig further to see how far this manipulation went on for. 

Billboard bout to stop counting Tidal streams :gaycat3:

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Tidal has responded with the following statement.

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.

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Tidal trying to weasel their way out when so the evidence is very very clear. Besides, it's not possible to stream those numbers on exclusive streaming provider when it took Drake all streaming platforms to do 385mil streams its opening week and that's from over 100 million subscribers across each platform. It is IMPOSSIBLE for a mere 3 million subscribers to stream an exclusive album 306 million times in 15 days. 

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Just now, Ms. Knee said:

Tidal trying to weasel their way out when so the evidence is very very clear. Besides, it's not possible to stream those numbers on exclusive streaming provider when it took Drake all streaming platforms to do 385mil streams its opening week and that's from over 100 million subscribers across each platform. It is IMPOSSIBLE for a mere 3 million subscribers to stream an exclusive album 306 million times in 15 days. 

Lmao trying to discredit the writer of the publication, however they fail to realize the study was conducted by an independent source in the Netherlands

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They really think people are dumb enough that they won't point out that it's impossible for 3 million subscribers to stream an album 306 million times in 15 days. Beyonce and Jay Z are both frauds  :wendyw:

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Just now, Venti said:

At least this means Beyoncé's back on Spotify and co

Thank God! Hopefully FRAUDal will shut down now and Bey goes back to Spotify and Apple Music :ravenknows:

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