200,000 People Have Stolen ‘Beyoncé’ In The Last 10 Days


Beyoncé proved she was above the rules of music industry promotion when she surprised the world with the unexpected release of her new, self-titled album earlier this month. No one knew exactly how the record would fare, but as the Soundscan reports began to roll in it became incredibly clear Mrs. Carter had left a huge impression on the pop music community. Over 600,000 copies of the record were purchased in the first three days of release, and earlier today a new report revealed just how many copies have been stolen since the album first debuted on iTunes.

According to a report from Billboard, Beyoncé’s self-titled new release has been torrented over 240,000 times in the ten days since the album made its debut on iTunes. To put that into money terms, a normal download of Beyoncé runs $15.99, which puts the grand total of lost profits from bittorrent at just over $3.6 million. That kind of money can buy a lot of sexy onesies.

The same story goes on to highlight the fact Beyoncé’s new album release has also led to an increase in piracy with her entire back catalog. On December 15 more than 11,000 downloads of previous Beyoncé albums were also pirated, which accounts for more than five times the number accessed the day before the singer’s newest release.

Speaking about the days leading up to the release of her new album, Queen B revealed, “I was terrified. I was so scared. I already envisioned like the worst things that could happen.” Once the album hit stores however, Beyonce had a very different outlook. “I’m very private and I’m very respectful, and I think it just took me no longer being someone’s child — once I became a mother, I felt like I could tear those fourth walls and I just felt like it was time. I completely feel liberated.”

Beyoncé is available now.


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