Somebody Take ‘Mercy’ on Kanye

Hordes of online pirates reportedly have been illegally downloading Kanye West’s newest album, with one estimate saying that half a million people downloaded a pirated copy of the album in the first day of its release.

The rapper’s much-anticipated album The Life of Pablo—the title references West’s comparing himself to Pablo Picasso—dropped late on Saturday night, exclusively on the music streaming service Tidal. The $56 million streaming project launched by Jay Z has spurred thousands of complaints from purchasers who did not receive a download link, and music fans have been torrenting the album.

Torrent Freak, a blog focused on the file-sharing ecosystem on the Internet, tracked over 500,000 downloads on the first day after the album’s release. “The Life of Pablo was a highly anticipated album, which would have resulted in a lot of piracy anyway, but it’s safe to say that the limited release boosted these numbers significantly,” writes Torrent Freak.

In comparison, Rihanna’s Talk That Talk was the most pirated album over the first half of 2012 with more than 1.2 million illegal downloads, according to a 2012 Musicmetric study.

People on Twitter and Reddit complained that Tidal charged them but didn’t provide them a download link. West initially had downloads available on his website but took it down to remaster the sound quality on some of his tracks, which sparked chaos between Tidal and the thousands who purchased the album.

(Source Cowan: Black Media Scoop)

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