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Frank Ocean racked up a cool $1 million in first week of "Blonde" release

Ocean is already making waves on new independent venture.

In his first go as an independent artist, Frank Ocean added some big points to the scoreboard. A more fitting way to put it, while quoting a song he wrote, Ocean scored himself a whole lot of Nikes, as in checks.

On Sunday (August 28), Blonde, his sophomore set, landed atop the Billboard 200, giving the singer his first No. 1 with 270,000 units sold. The release also logged the third-largest debut of 2016, joining the arrivals of Beyoncé’s Lemonade and Drake’s Views. Now, after scoring his first chart-topping LP and winning critical acclaim, the album, which was pirated a reported 750,000 times, has earned Ocean a cool million.

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As Forbes estimates, Ocean earned $1 million in the week after the release of Blonde.

After the singer maneuvered out of his Def Jam and Universal Music Group contract by releasing the 45-minute visual album Endless, which fulfilled his contractual obligations, Ocean dropped Blonde on his independent label Boys Don’t Cry. Where most artists under a major label typically earns between $1.50 and $2 per album sold, Ocean, who released the album independently, stands to make $5 to $7.50 per album.

By leaving Def Jam, Ocean likely paid an estimated $500,000 to make the album out of his pocket. While Apple covered the marketing costs and pockets Blonde’s list price ($9.99), the singer came out with an estimated profit of $1 million. As Billboard points out, with publishing revenue wholly subtracted, Ocean would net a cool $1.77 million from Blonde.

Not a bad way to close out the summer.

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