Frank Ocean Set to Make Big Splash on Charts with ‘channel ORANGE’

Frank Ocean

Chris Brown is the current king of the charts, but another R&B crooner is set to take over next week. Frank Ocean is expected to make a big splash with his major-label debut channel ORANGE.

According to HITS Daily Double, the Odd Future crooner’s well-received album is on track to open with 110-125,000 copies in its first week based on preliminary estimates.

These figures are impressive considering the album is only available as a digital exclusive on iTunes. Physical copies won’t hit shelves until July 17.

The “Pyramids” singer made his television debut on “Late Night with Jimmy Fallon” on Monday, where he announced that the project would go on sale immediately. Within an hour of its release, it soared to No. 1 on the iTunes charts and currently remains there.

ORANGE didn’t receive a traditional rollout and wasn’t supported with any singles or videos prior to its release. The press shy Ocean made headlines when he opened up about his sexuality in a letter on his blog.



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83 Comments

  1. Dave

    SLAY. & they will deal.

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    Realist : Navy-Nazi Reply:

    @Dave, get it frankie!

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    Morgan Reply:

    @Dave, YESSSSSSS

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    JussSaying Reply:

    @Dave,

    Im not gonna lie.. I wasnt checking for Frank Ocean until he came out.
    I decided to listen to his music.
    First thing I heard was “I Miss You” which he wrote for Beyonce. I thought it was BEAUTIFUL
    Then I heard “Bad Religion” and it really hit me that this dude is in his own lane.
    Not cuz of his sexuality but his amazing lyrics and topics.

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    Say word Reply:

    @JussSaying, Whatever makes the people listen. Tell a friend to tell a friend. Franks the man

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  2. A Realist

    Yessssssssssss!

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  3. Mimi

    YOU DID IT, FRANKIE!! BIG TIME BABY!!

    best R&B album I’ve heard in a looooong time. Hell, it’s the best album, period, i’ve heard in a long time!!

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  4. KurtiShane

    Used the gay community and pressed, cool and congrats.

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  5. ewp

    chris brown numbers yet only digital. ouch

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  6. DRB

    Well worth my purchase. To this day, physical copies still account for 2/3rds of sales so hopefully next week goes well. I will be irked if he doesn’t actually promote this album.

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  7. coolio

    Easily Album of the Year! Frank Ocean is BLOWING UP and bringing R&B to new heights!!!

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  8. Miles

    ODD FUTURE WOLF GANG KILL THEM ALL DON”T GIVE A #%@# all day!!!
    Frank Slays First
    Tyler Takes The Plate Next
    Then Earl & Hodgy are gonna take over after them

    OF will own the Grammys this year

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    CarlosBonegro Reply:

    @Miles, i normally comment stuff like this its so awesome to see someone else sees what i see

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    A$AP Richie Reply:

    @Miles, Sooooo true. But u gotta mention domo as well, also left brain bout to be a huge producer

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  9. thaTROOF

    The New King of R&B

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    Kenyon Green Reply:

    @thaTROOF, Kill yourself!!!

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  10. Romeo

    That’sboring

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  11. Lea

    He’s killing Chris Brown.

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    @4everlawayne Reply:

    @Lea, Haha!!:-):-)

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    Adrian Reply:

    @Lea, LOL TRUUUUU

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    sam Reply:

    @Lea, especially being that Chris Brown is no longer a r&b singer but a euro-pop artist.

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    Miszi Reply:

    @sam, You didn’t listen to his ablums at all did you? He have like 2 euro-pop songs on each F.A.M.E. and Fortune and the 2nd of these two is actually mostly R&B. Big props to both artists anyways. I don’t know why people always need to argue who is better. Just enjoy the music.

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    feathernow Reply:

    @Miszi, matter of fact, Frank ocean is a schemer, why would he use is sexuality to gain attention, i fuq with his talent and creativity tho, but the way he came around it using is ‘GAY’ personality to get known, is pathetic and big joke.

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    Miszi Reply:

    @feathernow, He had a pretty nice fan base before the whole thing with his sexuality and I was a part of it. He really is a great artist but I too am not fond of the whole pr stunt for sales (even if it is real).

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    E53 Reply:

    @Miszi, Honey we have ears. Even I do. Chris Brown is all Euro-Pop… Frank’s album.. Is #PureR&B … Besides if you knew what was R&B.. Educate yourself with TLC, Aaliyah, Boyz II Men, and all of those artists in the 90′s and 80′s.

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  12. ayo

    WOW FUcking SUprised
    the hype definetly turned into sales
    and the coming out Gay close to the album release has worked for him.

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  13. TRP

    For digital sales, that is CRAZY!! Then the Physical release comes next week, which could easily push him into a second week at #1. I personally feel like he’s about to do an Adele situation with a few weeks at #1. Mainstream celebrities are buzzing about this album, and when you have buzz from the urban community and the mainstream community that equals sales.

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    ayo Reply:

    @TRP, he is not goin to be no 1 dis week or next week

    this week is zac brown band
    next week is nas

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    Miles Reply:

    @ayo, I like Nas just as much as anyone else, but Nas will not be #1 next week. his album was great though

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  14. MsGoodeLovesYou

    F*@$ that faggot ass niqqa.

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    Sebastian Reply:

    @MsGoodeLovesYou, Bitch your dumbass is on his point! CLOSET FAN! CLOSET FAN!

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    MissGoode Reply:

    @Sebastian,

    I wudda fucked that niqqa at one of his shows but he just had to like dick didn’t he!

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  15. MsGoodeLovesYou

    Fuck that fag ass niqqa.

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  16. Replay

    Album is okay but nothing more but people acting like it’s the best Album ever, I know why becaus he announced that he is bi… funny world :)

    Anyway since when is Chris Brown the King of the Charts? He better make first a worldwide hit before he is named under “king of charts” lOl

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    zania Reply:

    @Replay, When his album just topped 22 countries in the R & B #1. I guess you can call him King of charts.

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    Nobody wants to say it Reply:

    @zania, How many times are you going to respond to people saying what the public already knows about Chris Brown?

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    OFWGKTA Reply:

    @Replay, I’m straight and could care less about his sexuality and i can honestly say its the best r&b in probally the past 5 years. And I thought he was gonna be great waaay before his annoucment.

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    fools gold Reply:

    @OFWGKTA, straight my ass haha. You aint foolin nobody.

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    Jake Reply:

    @Replay, The album is “nothing more” than okay? Clearly, you need your ears checked.

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  17. Meme

    I don’t understand why they didn’t push up the album. I don’t see the strategy in releasing the digital copies ahead splitting the sales except buyers purchasing both like I will

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    @ClothezMinded Reply:

    @Meme, im guessing to control the album leaking. jay-z and kanye west did the same thing.

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  18. boom boom

    so he did ONLY digitally what the woman beater did digitally+physical?

    OWNED!
    yet no video, no hype, no brawl, no diss song, etc, no huge promotions.

    KING of R&B bitches.

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    Good Motherfuckin Music Reply:

    @boom boom who are you hoe?

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    ty Reply:

    @boom boom, yesssssssssssssss

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  19. Issa

    GOOD MUSIC will always win. Look at all the publicity Usher and Chris had…look at their subpar album sales, for artists of their caliber, DESPITE the #1 albums.

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    zania Reply:

    @Issa, What PR, CB had all negative Pr. Frank Ocean, had Beyonce, Jay z, Kanye and Rihanna hyping his album up. I think the only celebrity that mention CB album was Monica Just like last year with Fame. Frank Ocean didn’t have a leaked album either, Just like Jay Z and Kanye released their album to itunes only. Plus he came out and created PR, by announcing that he was gay, and then posted his album on itunes. PR 101. CB and Usher sold Worldwide. CB is #1 on 22 countries R & B chart.

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    Issa Reply:

    @zania, Chris brought all the negative publicity on HIMSELF what with foolish diss songs and club brawls in which innocent people was injured. Frank Ocean’s album was hyped up? PUH-LEASE. Since when is it “hype” when people offer support to someone who has just made one of the most difficult announcements in life–on the WORLD stage, might I add. Frank is BISEXUAL, not gay. Ocean’s album doesn’t hit shelves until July 17. We’ll see how it sells then in addition to his iTunes numbers. And riddle me this since you know so much — WHY would Usher and CB NOT sell worldwide, considering they’ve been in the industry for a while? Their names are KNOWN. #1 in 22 countries is fine. But TeamBreezy swore up and down this album would go gold within the first week as if this would be the best album of the year. I guess the team wasn’t on one accord. And one more thing on the matter of Brown — I know he’s #1 in the UK. Have they decided to life their ban of him yet?

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    Miles Reply:

    @zania, Who cares how much CB sold.Frank Ocean’s nostalgia ULTRA and channel ORANGE is waay greater than anything Chris Brown has ever released

    Universal Acclaim >>>>>>>> Sales

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    Victoria Reply:

    @zania, Hip-Hop/R&B songs on Fortune: “Bassline;” “Sweet Love;” “Strip;” “2012;” “‘Till I Die;” “Biggest Fan;” “Touch Me;” “Tell Somebody” … SEX SELLS.

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  20. Deidre

    With the way the Grammys seem to just HAND OUT nominations nowadays, Frank had better get a nod for Best New Artist or Best R&B album. He truly deserves it!

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  21. Francine OceanSpray

    blah
    dude cant sing
    its a well known fact that gays support their own in outstanding numbers BUT
    i expect a huge drop in the 2nd week
    and he will struggle to go gold

    D.E.A.L.

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    Erik Reply:

    @Francine OceanSpray, Bitch please.

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  22. drakefan

    it was very smart of Frank to open up about his sexuality right before the release of the album because in that way he got a lot more attention then he probably would have had before

    also this album is great! it will get a grammy!

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  23. Rap*LovesJesus

    look what a coming out can do for you.

    im not dissing him or the music bc hes good but lets be real.

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  24. RealIssh

    I’m still asking why “Whip Appeal” wasn’t on it but regardless , great ass album .

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    Phoenix Wright Reply:

    @RealIssh, THIS!!! That was such a great song, to me it was better than most of the album.

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    Victoria Reply:

    @RealIssh, Right! If he was gonna put TBU up there, WA and Songs for Women should’ve been included too.

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    Sarah Reply:

    @Victoria, TBU wasn’t on nostalgia ultra tho & songs for women was. WA was just a song he just released. anyways great album! not complaining at all.

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  25. Phoenix Wright

    Wait Rap-up, but didn’t he have a video for “Thinkin Bout You”? I know it was released sometime last year but doesn’t that count? They even made a radio edit version which was sent to radio stations a few months ago. Just making sure you guys know.

    Regardless Frank still didn’t have much promotion at all but still did his thing

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    John Reply:

    @Phoenix Wright, Since when do they make Radio Edit versions of Music Videos for them to be played on the radio

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    Phoenix Wright Reply:

    @John, it was a radio edit of the demo that leaked last year. the song not the video.

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    fools gold Reply:

    @Phoenix Wright, The announcement was enough promotion. That was all you heard about for weeks.

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  26. Raymond

    @Phoenix Wright No, he didn’t have a video for ‘Thinkin’ Bout You’.

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    Phoenix Wright Reply:

    @Raymond, on Def Jam Official website there is a video under his profile there is video for “Thinkin Bout You” and he in the video at some parts. It’s on youtube as well.

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  27. Miszi

    Real nice album, glad he did that well with sales although I still think people overrate it because of his “coming out” which is sad.

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  28. TRA

    After reviewing Frank Ocean’s Channel Orange album, I am now convinced that Frank Ocean will be nominated for Best New Artist and Best R&B Album at the 2013 Grammy Awards. Frank Ocean’s Channel Orange album is the best R&B album of the year, and arguably the best album of the year so far. Channel Orange is a very, good album from top to bottom. The album is getting good reviews from unbiased music critics and unbiased music fans. Not only does Frank Ocean deserve to be nominated for Best R&B album at the Grammy Awards, Frank Ocean should win Best R&B album at the Grammy Awards next year.

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  29. boom boom

    Frank Ocean music >>> Woman Beater music
    deal with it bitches.
    & sales are obviously reflecting that.

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  30. Brass_knucklez

    Frank Ocean renews my conviction to loving music. Been a fan and if he keeps at this rate I will always be.

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  31. LuvinDaCrew

    YAS FRANK! so glad i went and supported.

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  32. ty

    that is CRAZY for just digital copies!!!

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  33. Hugh

    Wow. No promo!

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  34. MEEET

    Frank Ocean!!!!!! Getting another copy Tuesday. He came along way and he did it.. #channelORANGE

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  35. TheDreamer

    He deserves those numbers for the amazing album. Definitely R&B album of the year.

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  36. Ey

    The fact he has no video or radio play and no promi..just word
    Of mouth is what this guy special

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  37. William

    125K isn’t a blockbuster number. His album will struggle to achieve gold status. So much for the hype. Yawn.

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    Sarah Reply:

    @William, It is when it’s your first album & little promotion. he’s doing what chris is doing with his 5th ALBUM. so yeah it is good.

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  38. ladyrt23

    we must be listening to two diff albums cause nothing on it screamed R&B. besides that, im glad that he has sold extremely well digital wise. i will be picking up that hard copy come 7/17.

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  39. channel ORANGE

    I’m SO happy for Frank Ocean. I first heard him last year with nostaligia, ULTRA which blew me away. The Lonny Breaux Colletion is cute too but channel ORANGE is in a different league. You can see his progress and how his songwriting has improved. TALENT over everything.

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  40. Ello

    Chris Brown should come out too to increase his sales.

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    Nathan Reply:

    @Ello, LOL … no, he don’t want it with another bottle.

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  41. V

    Frank Ocean’s certainly on track to have his first album debut on Billboard 200.

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  42. ChrissyPoo

    what Frank Ocean did was not a publicity stunt it was a smart move. He already had rumors garnered about his sexuality because critics at his listening party was buzzzing about his lyrics mentioning a “he” in them. So why not go ahead and adress the rumors (and in a very intimate way too.) Frank Ocean’s music is nowhere near R&B, his music can’t be put in a box. But do I see him being our generation’s Stevie Wonder in a sense? absolutely. The guy is waaaaaay ahead of his time…he’s already a brilliant writer and producer, writing and producing for TOP music artists. Hats off Frankie! Love his music and been supporting before Nostalgia came out!

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  43. Dione

    OCEAN IS A YOUNG AND TALENTED ARTIST WHO DO NOT WEAR HIS PANTS HANGING LIKE A STUPID IDIOT….HE IS TALENTED AND I WILL SUPPORT HIM…..JUST LIKE MY PRESIDENT HAVE MY VOTE IN THE NEXT ELECTIOIN….OCEAN YOU HAVE MY SUPPORT AND VOTE

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