Tidal blames ‘system error’ after accidentally leaking Rihanna’s ‘Anti’

Technical mistake hasn't stopped album reaching nearly 1.5m downloads

Tidal have blamed a “system error” for the accidental leak of Rihanna‘s new album ‘Anti’.

The album first emerged on the streaming platform on Thursday night (January 28) ahead of its proposed release on Friday. After temporarily removing the album, Tidal promptly put it back online and allowed fans to download and stream the record. Rihanna also shared a limited number of free downloads of the album with fans through the help of a corporate deal with Samsung.

Speaking to Vulture, a representative for Tidal blamed technical faults for the leak. “Look, we know what happened here, in the sense that unfortunately we still rely on systems, and there was a system error. But I don’t think it hurt it at all,” the spokesperson is quoted as saying.

Distributing the album for free has meant that the it was obtained by 1.4 million people in just 15 hours. However, none of those free downloads will count towards Rihanna’s position on the US Billboard chart. “There were conversations [with Billboard] early on when this promotion and partnership started, but ultimately it became about giving music directly to the fans. While everyone would’ve loved to have it count, the thing that we’re focused on here is that it’s No. 1.”


‘Anti’ features new single ‘Work’ as well as a cover of Tame Impala’s ‘New Person, Same Old Mistakes’ (titled ‘Same Ol’ Mistakes’). Aside from Drake on ‘Work’, there is just one other featured artist on the record; R&B singer SZA.

2015 singles ‘Bitch Better Have My Money’ and ‘American Oxygen’ do not feature on the record, nor does ‘FourFiveSeconds’, her collaboration with Kanye West and Paul McCartney.

‘Anti’ tracklist:

‘Consideration’ feat. SZA
‘James Joint’
‘Kiss It Better’
‘Work’ feat. Drake
‘Needed Me’
‘Yeah I Said It’
‘Same Ol’ Mistakes’
‘Never Ending’
‘Love On The Brain’
‘Close To You’

Deluxe Edition tracks”

‘Good Night Gotham’
‘Sex With Me’

Speculation about ‘Anti’s release date reached a new high late last year when Rihanna launched a new website for the record in mid-November. Speculation suggested that the album would be streamed on Tidal with a wider release planned for December 4. However, that failed to materialise.

Rihanna officially launched her eighth studio album in September at an exclusive gallery party in LA, during which both the ‘Anti’ title and the accompanying artwork were revealed.

Rihanna will tour the UK in the summer. The Weeknd and Big Sean will support Rihanna on all European dates on the Antiworld Tour, which makes it to Britain in June.

The UK and Ireland tour dates for 2016 are as follows:

Ricoh Arena, Coventry (June 14)
The Principality Stadium, Cardiff (June 16)
Stadium of Light, Sunderland (June 18)
Aviva Stadium, Dublin (June 21)
Wembley Stadium, London (June 24)
Hampden Park, Glasgow (June 27)
Emirates Old Trafford, Manchester (June 29)