According to Music Business Worldwide, Blonde snagged 753,849 illegal downloads, in under a week. The figures, which don’t include downloads per-song or illegal streams, are more than double the projected sales figures of Ocean’s new album.
Blonde is expected to sell between 200,000- 250,000 copies during its first week, and will debut at No. 1 on Billboard’s Top 200 charts. In addition, Blonde marks Ocean’s first No. 1 debut on the UK album charts.
Though the music industry has taken steps to hamper music pirating, the trend doesn’t seem to be going away — especially for major artists like Ocean and Kanye West. Directly following it’s release in February, West’s The Life of Pablo album was illegally downloaded over 500,000 times in a week.