Frank Ocean is having the best week ever. He finally released his Blonde album, which received favorable reviews from both fans and critics alike. However, his LP may not reached platinum status despite brisk sales over the past seven days.
According to Music Business Worldwide, Blonde has been illegally downloaded over 750,000 times, which would certainly put a dent on his sales overall. Music insiders have forecast that Ocean’s album will debut at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 chart with an estimated 225-250,000 copies sold.
So imagined if people didn’t download the bootleg, the Grammy Award-winning piano man would have at least reached 1 million in sales. Nevertheless, after a four-year hiatus, it’s good to see Ocean back on the charts again.
Meanwhile, we just found out that Frank Ocean apparently has three different covers for his Blonde album.
As Okayplayer points out, there are three distinctive versions of the LP’s artwork. There’s Blond (with a green-haired Ocean on the cover), Blonde (with a woman lighting up a cigarette) and Blonded (with Ocean wearing a helmet?).
So what does all of these covers mean? We don’t have a clue. But we do agree with Okayplayer when they say that “by releasing multiple spellings [of the album] with graphics that contradict or vary from the official title used by streaming services, Ocean seems to be intentionally messing with us.”
In the end, it’s the music that counts, right? Check out the alternative Blonde album covers below and tell us what you think in the comments.