Frank Ocean’s new album ‘Blonde’ has reportedly been illegally downloaded over 750,000 times since its release less than a week ago.
‘Blonde’ – stylised on its cover art as ‘Blond’ – was released via an exclusive Apple Music stream last weekend, coming just days after the release of Ocean’s visual album ‘Endless’ and his ‘Nikes’ music video via the same platform.
With the album yet to reach rival streaming services (it is, however, also available via Pandora in North America), Music Business Worldwide cites data provided by data analysts MUSO, which looks at the number of illegal downloads of the album but not the amount of times the album has been illegally streamed online. The figure is also the number of times that the full album has been downloaded, it doesn’t include single tracks.
Despite the high number of illegal downloads, ‘Blonde’ is still expected to top both the UK and US album charts.