Apple Music competitor Tidal reportedly months behind on royalty payments

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The same publication that was slammed by Tidal last week for accusing them of manipulating Beyoncé and Kanye West's streaming numbers has released a new accusation. "The information was stolen and manipulated and we will fight these claims vigorously".

In December of past year, it was reported that the much-hyped streaming service Tidal may only have enough money for 6 more months of operation. Crucially, says DN, it did so without consulting rights-holders or PROs. DN cites TIDAL royalty documents sent to the major labels (pictured main) as evidence, one of which - from July 2017 - you can see in detail through here.

Specifically, the Apple Music rival is supposedly lagging when it comes to paying three worldwide record companies, and in some cases has not made royalty payments in more than six months. While some of DN's sources were anonymous, two went on the record.

Hypebot has independently confirmed what several established Norwegian music companies told DN, TIDAL is months behind on payments to at least some rightshoders.

"It is correct that there are delays in payments from Tidal", Sveinung Rindal, CEO of the Sony-backed Phonofile, reportedly said. Frithjof Boye Hungnes of Propellor Records, a company that represents many independent artists, says his company has "not been paid since October".

He adds: "People are talking about withdrawing [their music from TIDAL]; I think there is a pretty upset mood". Bjørn Gunnar Sando and "Ravi" Johansen, both Norwegian artists, allege that they also have not been paid in months.