This is just brilliant. Frank Ocean's major-label debut channel ORANGE was expected to drop at Number 2. But the album has debuted at Number One on Billboard's R&B/Hip-Hop Albums and tripled initial sales, reports Billboard.
The singer among rappers in the alternative rap collective Odd Future [debuted his] studio album, "channel ORANGE," at No. 1 on the R&B/Hip-Hop Albums chart with 131,000 sold, according to Nielsen SoundScan. Initial projected opening sales week [were] 40,000.
channel ORANGE debuted early July 10 on digital and made No. 1 on iTunes in 10 countries. The album has attracted critical reviews, international attention and much support after Ocean revealed that the songs were inspired by his first love—another young man. Ocean posted on his Tumblr on July 3 to deliver an account of his same-sex relationship. After being at the center of a media firestorm for weeks, the singer and producer tells The Guardian why he decided to open up about his sexuality.
[The decision] was "about my own sanity and my ability to feel like I'm living a life where … I'm happy when I wake up in the morning, and not with this freakin' boulder on my chest. ... I wished at 13 there was somebody I looked up to who would have said something like that, who would have been transparent in that way."
Frank Ocean's channel ORANGE is the first time an out artist has topped the R&B or hip-hop charts.
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