Frank Ocean's decision to go independent has already resulted in massive dividends.
Forbes estimates that Ocean earned $1 million in the week following the release of Blonde. Whereas most artists who are signed to a major label earn between $1.50 and $2 per album sale, Ocean stands to make between $5 to $7.50 per album. By leaving Def Jam, Ocean was forced to pay estimated $500,000 it took to make Blonde out of his own pocket. Apple covered marketing expenses and will earn a quarter of the album's list price ($9.99). The math works out to a personal gross of approximately $1 million.
Read HNHH's review of Blonde here.