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Frank Ocean’s decision to pull a fast one on Def Jam and Universal Music Group is working out nicely, if you care about trivial things like artistic freedom and fat bank accounts.

Frank released a 45-minute visual album titled Endless earlier this month, freeing him from his contractual obligations with the record companies. Then, just days later, released Blonde on his own independent label, Boys Don’t Cry.

That album has sold 276,000 units since its release last Saturday. According to Forbes, artists on a major record label typically make anywhere from $1.50 to $2.00 per album. But since Ocean released his project on his own label, he’s seeing anywhere from $5 to $7.50 per album sold. That means after the expenses that went into producing the album, Ocean has already pocketed $1 million in profit in just one week.

 

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Girl Power Prevails At The 2017 American Music Awards

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Music’s most amazing night went down Sunday at the Microsoft Theater in L.A. and we have to say the night was all about the ladies!

That’s right the 45th American Music Awards had some major moments and some major girl power starting with Pink and Kelly Clarkson.

The duo got the show started singing R.E.M.’s “Everybody Hurts”, but it was their solo performances that had fans going nuts.

Kelly Clarkson returned to the stage and had everyone on their feet with a medley of her classic tracks and new single “Love So Soft.”

While Pink took her career to new heights leaping off the side of a building while performing her hit single “Beautiful Trauma.”

Christina Aguilera, paid tribute to Whitney Houston with a commemorative performance for the 25th anniversary of The Bodyguard.

But the #Majah moment of the night had to be Diana Ross. The Motown legend was given the Lifetime Achievement Award, and performed some of her greatest hits before accepting the honor.

 

Photos by Kevin Winter/Getty Images

 

 

 

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