Jay-Z's streaming service Tidal 'loses $28 MILLION' and has been late on its payments almost 100 times since March 2015

Jay-Z's streaming service Tidal 'loses $28 MILLION' and has been late on its payments almost 100 times since March 2015

Jay-Z's music streaming service Tidal reportedly posted heavy losses and struggled to make payments on time last year.

Tidal's parent group Aspiro had a loss of $28 million (239.5 million Swedish kronor) last year, according to the Norwegian business daily Dagens Naeringsliv.

The outlet discovered the huge losses after examining the accounts of the Swedish-based company. 

Tidal is Aspiro's core holding.

According to the newspaper, Tidal received about 100 payment default records since Jay-Z bought the company through his holding group, Project Panther Bidco, for $56 million in March 2015.

It also has 3.6 million Norwegian kroner (390,000 euros, $438,000) in outstanding payments due, DN claimed.

Aspiro, a Norwegian company headquartered in the Swedish town of Malmo, was not immediately available for comment.

The New York rapper turned mogul's lawyers have reportedly accused Tidal's former owners, including Norwegian media group Schibsted, of overstating the number of paying customers it had ahead of last year's sale.

The accusation has been denied.

Tidal has made headlines in recent times after it was reported Apple was in talks with the company about a possible purchase, which was designed to beef up its streaming service, Apple Music.

Tidal soared in popularity early this year after Beyonce - Jay-Z's wife - released her latest album 'Lemonade' exclusively on the service. 

An accompanying film version of the album was broadcast on HBO, and the album was quickly made available on iTunes.

Tidal, which had a mixed reception after its relaunch last year, has also heavily promoted exclusives, such as albums by Rihanna and Kanye West.