Frank Ocean's Channel Orange Debuts Big

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Frank Ocean\'s Channel Orange Debuts Big
All the press that Frank Ocean got for his controversial new album is paying off.

Big support helped the release earn big numbers on its first week. The R&B singer’s album channel Orange has debuted at the number two spot on the US Billboard 200 chart.

Ocean’s first studio album hit stands this week, selling 131,000 copies, according to the Nielsen SoundScan.

The impressive opening puts Ocean’s name on the same tier as Usher and Chris Brown. Usher’s seventh studio album Looking 4 Myself debuted under Ocean’s first week, selling 128,000 copies. Breezy was just above Ocean with Fortune at 135,000 copies.

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What makes the feat of these massive numbers even more impressive is the fact that Frank’s ad campaign was only a fraction of what his fellow artists were allotted. A physical copy of the album was hard to come by for fans, especially after Target dropped the album from its shelves.

Only 3,000 actual CDs were sold, adding to the 131K in sales. Most of the number can be attributed to iTunes sales alone.

The new release made headlines even before it was available to the public due to its non-heterosexual lyrics. Since then, Ocean has admitted to falling in love with another man on Tumblr.

Despite the unexpected success, channel Orange’s debut was not big enough to surpass Atlanta country group the Zac Brown Band. The debut of their album Uncaged owned the chart with an impressive 234,000 in sales.

Rounding out the top three for all the Beliebers out there is Justin Bieber’s Believe. The album scored a respectable 45,00 in sales in its third week, bumping the youngster back up to the top ten.
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