I've had this problem on one of my latest tracks, twice now. There's these guys here: http://www.soundcloud-shop.org/
They apparently like to promote their services by spamming plays on peoples tracks. The plays come from 3rd party websites that they own (and redirect to the link) such as:
First time this happened I looked into it. I had to delete my track and re-upload to reset the counter. OK, fine I did that. Then I saw there are permissions on the tracks. One which seemed would nip this in the bud: App Playback. When deselected I'm told: "This track will not be playable outside of SoundCloud and its apps."
Can someone explain to me why two weeks after the fact my track got spammed with plays again? I'd rather have none than fake plays. This stuff is insulting to my intelligence.
I understand that there are technical challenges with dealing with these "soundcloud promoters" . However this problem is not going away and seems to be getting worse which is ruining the site for content creators looking for a genuine audience. At the very least a "nuke stats" button should be added to at least clear those numbers to avoid the hassle of deleting and re-uploading.
I'd want a solution to this. These "promoters" add no value and doing what they do makes it look like I'm desperately trying to up my stats (that's pathetic).