Italy based dance music label Art & Music Recording, or AMR, has asked the judge handling SFX Entertainment's chapter 11 case to green light a probe into possible sales manipulations of its songs within the Beatport store.
The Wall Street Journal reports that AMR is responding to Beatport's earlier claims that several tracks by label artists were "juiced," or purchased repeatedly by non-fans in an effort to bump songs up on Beatport's popularity charts. AMR denies any official wrongdoing and is asking the U.S. Bankruptcy Court in Wilmington, Del. to intervene.
According to the filing, AMR has approached the SFX-owned site to provide more information on its "juicing" claims but has so far been rebuffed. "AMR is looking for evidence that as-yet unidentified third parties are interfering with and manipulating the very 'bread and butter' of Beatport's operations -- its digital music charts," said lawyers for AMR, which does not have a working website.
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Court papers indicate six AMR tracks were removed from Beatport as a result of the alleged "juicing." A hearing is on the proposed investigation is set for Sept. 26 in Wilmington.
SFX filed for bankruptcy in February after losing an estimated $18 million in 2015. It announced plans to sell off Beatport in order to pay down its debts but that auction was later suspended. In May, Beatport announced it was shutting down its music and video streaming platforms, its mobile app, its Beatport News section and its Events vertical, and putting the focus solely on the 12-year-old Beatport store.