Over 600,000 copies of Beyoncé’s eponymously titled new album were bought in the first three days of release, but the theft accompanying the release is of equal interest.
According to a Billboard report, the new album was torrented over 240,000 times in the ten days since the album made its debut on iTunes. Lost profits were estimated at approximately $3.6 million.
The singer's new album release has also led to an increase in piracy of her back catalogue. On December 15 alone, in excess of 11,000 downloads of previous Beyoncé albums were pirated. That accounts for more than five times the number accessed the day before the singer’s new record.
“I was terrified. I was so scared, “ the singer declared, recalling the lead-up to the release of the new record. “ I already envisioned like the worst things that could happen.”
However, as soon as the album went on sale, she began to feel ambitious for the record. “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.”