Beyonce Loses $3.8 Million in Illegal Downloads of New Album…So Far

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*Billboard is reporting that Beyonce’s new self-titled album was illegally downloaded 240,000 times in the first 10 days since its release, resulting in $3.8 million of lost revenue for the singer.

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The record, which had a surprise Dec. 13 release on iTunes, also clocked up just under a million legitimate sales in the same time period, according to Billboard, putting the album at the top of the Billboard 200 chart for the two subsequent weeks.

The report also states that the former Destiny’s Child singer’s entire back catalogue has been shared more than two million times using BitTorrent downloading sites.

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As well as recent downloads of her eponymous new release, the album has also spurred downloads of the singer’s older albums; on Dec. 15, more than 11,000 downloads of previous Beyoncé albums were also downloaded, which accounts for more than five times the number accessed the day before the singer’s newest release.


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