Now we know why Rihanna‘s lackluster album, Anti, ranked so high on the streaming charts. Rap mogul Jay Z fired Tidal executives CFO Chris Hart and COO Nils Juell for allegedly falsifying album streaming figures.
Could this be Jay Z’s version of the 1960s radio Payola scandal? This news could sink Tidal for good.
Hits Daily Double — Hart had been with the company since 2012, long before Jay Z acquired it, the last two years as CFO. The Breakit report says his departure came after an internal dispute about how the company handles user and streaming numbers, quite possibly having to do with the service’s policy of not sharing its data with Nielsen Music.
Said policy came under media scrutiny when Tidal failed to provide sales figures on Kanye West’s The Life of Pablo, which had briefly been for sale as a Tidal exclusive before West pulled it down.