Ever since Beyonce named Frank Ocean’s “Novacane” as one of her ten favorite tracks of 2011, I’ve been a fan of his. Then, when he came out of the closet, I admired him even more. While declaring your homosexuality in Hollywood is the norm these days, doing it in the R&B/Hip-Hop world is unheard of. So major props for his courage.
With the media attention mostly focusing on Ocean’s sexuality, it’s great to see people haven’t forgotten about his music. The 24-year-old singer notched an impressive first week sales with his debut album, “channel ORANGE“. His CD was released a week early on iTunes to take advantage of the press, and it looks like the gamble paid off. “channel Orange” bowed with 131,000 copies moved. The number falls in line with recent urban debuts by established artists. Usher’s “Looking 4 Myself” and Chris Brown’s “Fortune” entered the Billboard 200 with 128,000 and 135,000 units sold respectively.
As solid as Frank Ocean’s numbers are, he was only able to land at No. 2 on Billboard. Georgia’s Zac Brown Band topped the Billboard 200 with 234,000 in sales with their third studio album, “Uncaged“. That number represents the biggest bow for the group. I’m sure their special $3.99 price tag on Amazon helped buoy the sales.
As if Adele hasn’t broken enough records with her sophomore album, she adds another notch to her belt. “21” sold another 35,000 units landing her at No. 8 on the chart. With that, “21″ logs in an astonishing 73 weeks in the Top 10. It represents the longest run by a female artist in the chart’s history. The previous record holder was Alanis Morissette’s “Jagged Little Pill”. The 1995 album clocked 72 frames in the Top 10 during its run.
What do you think of Frank Ocean’s debut? Have you checked out his album yet? It’s pretty good and I highly recommend it. Can you believe Adele broke Alanis’ record? Both albums are great and definitely deserve all the accolades. Which album do you prefer? Sound off below.