About Markus Tobiassen
Markus Tobiassen is a journalist at Norwegian newspaper Dagens Næringsliv
since 2014. Prior to that he was a cultural journalist and film critic in Adresseavisen. He was one of the lead investigators on the TIDAL case, which caused a stir in the music industry as whole, raising the alarm on possible issues with the way certain streaming platforms run their business.
About Kjetil Sæter
Born in Norway, Kjetil Sæter has worked as a journalist for the broadsheets Aftenposten, Finansavisen and Dagens Næringsliv, and still works as a feature journalist for the latter. He has won two SKUP diplomas (2007 and 2010), the Schibsted Journalism Award (2008) and the prestigious SKUP award (2011) for investigative journalism.
About Dagens Næringsliv
Dagens Næringsliv (Norwegian for “Today’s Business”), commonly known as DN, is a Norwegian newspaper specialising in business news. As of 2015, it is the third largest newspaper in Norway. The newspaper unveiled a major story in 2018 about alleged streaming data manipulation by platform TIDAL to inflate the number of times albums by Kanye West and Beyoncé have been played, leading to further investigation by the Norwegian National Authority for Investigation and Prosecution of Economic and Environmental Crime.
About IMPALA and the Outstanding Contribution Award
IMPALA represents independent music companies across Europe. World leaders in terms of innovation and discovering new music and artists, independents produce more than 80% of all new releases. The Outstanding Contribution Award is one of two annual awards, which showcases European independent music and those who drive it. Previous winners include Jonas Sjöström(Playground Music Scandinavia), Plus 1 – Refugees welcome!, Label Love, Eurosonic Noorderslag, Armada Music/Armin van Buuren, Martin Mills (Beggars Group), Charles Caldas (Merlin) and Mario Pacheco. IMPALA also has a Mercury-style prize for the best independent album of the year, as well as a range of silver, gold and platinum sales awards. Artists recognised include Agnes Obel, José Gonzalez, Major Lazer, Christine and the Queens, Jamie xx, Caro Emerald, Trixie Whitley, Keny Arkana, Adele, Normhal, Skepta, And So I Watch You From Afar, Els Pets, Texas and Andreas Kummert.