Rihanna (@rihanna) finally catches somewhat of a break after what initially started off as a disaster of a roll out for her new album ANTI. An accidental leak ahead of the actual intended release occurred on TIDAL last week but now a rep for the streaming service claims that their distributor at Universal Music Group is at fault.
TIDAL also now indicates that after being met with resistance, the sales from them will now be counted but won’t honor the Samsung downloads which exceeded 1 Million downloads. In other words, the roughly 400,000 sales made exclusively through their app will chart instead of the copies that were given to fans via Samsung platform.
A TIDAL representative has reached out with the following clarifications to Kim’s comments. In regards to TIDAL’s “systems error,” Kim is “referring to a system error caused by Universal Music Group. The error was not something TIDAL caused.”
In regards to Kim’s comment that Billboard and Nielsen are not counting ANTI’s sales on TIDAL toward their totals, TIDAL has clarified with the following statement: “Billboard and Nielsen are counting ANTI’s sales on TIDAL towards their totals, [but] they aren’t counting the Samsung/Rihanna download code gift to fans. The 400k+ sales of ANTI via TIDAL will be counted by Billboard.”