First week sales numbers are in for Frank Ocean‘s Blonde and Tory Lanez’s I Told You. Blonde was expected to move between 225K and 250K equivalent units. It ended up selling 278K landing it in the number one spot. Frank’s first number 1 album. I Told You also met sales projections by selling an equivalent of 58K units putting it in the number 4 spot behind Views and the Suicide Squad soundtrack.
These amazing numbers come in spite of Blonde being illegally downloaded more than 750K times in its first week out. This is three times the amount the album was projected to sell. The 750K does not include illegal downloads of individual tracks. The album was released exclusively via Apple Music and then on I Tunes.