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When Prince died, the icon’s six siblings were named his heirs. Despite a recent deal between the Prince estate and Tidal to debut the legend’s first posthumous albumTMZ says the musician’s heirs are wanting out of Prince’s agreement with the streaming service.

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A lawyer for three of Prince’s siblings, Sharon, Norrine, and John Nelson, told the probate judge in Prince’s case that Tidal has been accused of “inflating the streaming numbers,” according to a letter obtained by TMZ. As a result, they are asking the judge to reconsider Tidal’s exclusive streaming rights for his posthumous project, arguing they’d rather not be involved in the company’s legal troubles.

The accusation that Tidal had been “deliberately faking” streaming numbers for artists like Beyoncé and Kanye West originated from the Norwegian outlet Dagens NæringslivThe company denied these allegations, telling Complex they were party of a larger anti-TIDAL smear campaign.

“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,” the company said.

Back in May, it was announced that the Prince estate and Tidal formally agreed to compile and stream an album of new and unreleased Prince songs in 2019, with JAY-Z overseeing the compilation process. The project is an apparent continuation of a deal Prince began with Tidal years ago.



Article Courtesy of Complex

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