The leak of Rihanna’s ANTI album on Wednesday night (January 27) was caused by an error on Universal Music Group’s behalf, not TIDAL’s, a representative for the music streaming service has told SPIN.

During a previously published interview with the publication, Grace Kim, TIDAL’s Director of Marketing, said that a “system error” caused the album to leak shortly before its planned release date of January 28.

“Look, we know what happened here, in the sense that unfortunately we still rely on systems, and there was a system error,” Kim said. “But I don’t think it hurt it at all.”

However, a TIDAL representative later issued a statement to SPIN clarifying Kim’s comments. The rep said that when discussing the “system error” previously mentioned, Kim was actually “referring to a system error caused by Universal Music Group. The error was not something TIDAL caused.”

In the same statement, the rep also clarified comments that Billboard and Nielsen Soundscan won’t be counting the albums sales on TIDAL towards their respective totals.

“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.”

Physical copies of Rihanna’s ANTI are scheduled for release on February 5.
-HipHopDX