Kanye West’s new album has been pirated 500,000 times already

Yeezy’s latest album, The Life of Pablo, has already been illegally downloaded more than half a million times, according to filesharing news site TorrentFreak - despite only being released two days ago.

The album was released exclusively on Jay Z's streaming service Tidal, as well as on Kanye's personal website. Though it means Tidal has shot to the top of app download charts, the move annoyed a number of fans who didn't want to have to pay for a monthly subscription.

It's not surprise, then, that more than 500,000 people have taken to torrenting sites like The Pirate Bay to nab themselves a copy more easily. As of yesterday, in fact, around 10,000 people were sharing one torrent of the album simultaneously.

TorrentFreak said: "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."

That's not even counting everyone who got a copy of Pablo from a direct download service or hosting site. The Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) has filed around 20 takedown requests to Google for sites hosting downloads of the album already.

In spite of the high level of piracy, we're not likely to see The Life of Pablo get released any other way. Ye himself tweeted: "My album will never never never be on Apple. And it will never be for sale… You can only get it on Tidal."

To take a listen, you'll need a subscription to Tidal - available online, or with the Android or iOS app - and a decent broadband connection.

Source: TorrentFreak

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