Since Kanye debuted his latest album, The Life Of Pablo (aka TLOP), last Thursday, it has been illegally downloaded over 500,000 times. That adds up to zero dollars for the rapper, who's $53 million in debt. Sorry, Yeezy.
TorrentFreak, a website that reports on copyright, file sharing, and privacy, said that Kanye’s tweet is directly to blame for "pushback from fans" and the overwhelming number of illegal TLOP torrent files that have been surfacing on the interwebs. Normally, high levels of illegal downloads just mean something is popular, and the product makes more money overall. This seems like it might be spite:
"At the time of writing, close to 10,000 people were sharing a copy of the most popular torrent simultaneously, something we haven’t seen with a music release before," said the website. “The album is currently leading The Pirate Bay’s list of most shared music torrents by a landslide."
Yikes, Kanye needs help from more than just Mark Zuckerberg at this point.