Frank Ocean Debuts at No. 2 with ‘channel ORANGE’

Frank Ocean

Frank Ocean is making big waves on the charts with channel ORANGE. The Odd Future singer’s major-label debut put up impressive numbers to enter at No. 2 on the Billboard 200.

ORANGE, the follow-up to 2011’s Nostalgia, Ultra, sold 131,000 copies in its first week, according to Billboard. The majority of sales were digital, with only 3,000 coming from physical CDs.

The album was released as an iTunes exclusive a week in advance of its scheduled July 17 date. Following its digital release, physical retailers were told to start selling the CD as soon as it arrived in stores. Target, however, refused to carry ORANGE as a result of the early iTunes release.

Ocean trumps the first-week sales of Usher’s Looking 4 Myself (128,000) and comes close to Chris Brown’s Fortune (135,000). The latter, which opened at No. 1 last week, falls to No. 4 with 45,000 sold in its second week.

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51 Comments

  1. Tahir

    I think this is gonna be one of those underrated classics……

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    kwayzee Reply:

    @Tahir, same here

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  2. SMH@#UndercoverCiaraFans

    I wish it went #1 but I’m still happy for him I’ve been playing that album since he released it early on iTunes & I love it each song has a deeper meaning to it & it’s amazing I don’t think he really understands how talented he is lol but Yay congrats :)

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    Hank Reply:

    @SMH@#UndercoverCiaraFans, It would’ve, were it not for the Zac Brown Band…

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    Nick Reply:

    @Hank, fuck that country bull shit

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    Hank Reply:

    @Nick, lol I feel u

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    SMH@#UndercoverCiaraFans Reply:

    @Hank, Really? Wow well hopefully the sales will increase since he is on tour right now

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    Hank Reply:

    @SMH@#UndercoverCiaraFans, Yeah, I agree. But I knew Zac Brown was gonna make a splash. They always do.

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  3. Replay

    If he wouldn’t say he is bi then he would never get all these sells :)

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    F.A.M.E&Fortune Reply:

    @Replay, please shut up you pathetic bastard and learn how to construct a proper sentence before ridiculing talented artists. Frank sold those records because channel Orange is a classic.

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    Good Motherfuckin Music Reply:

    @F.A.M.E&Fortune, you are retarded

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    Fraud... that the ish I don't like Reply:

    @Replay, you are right. He will leave with this burden his whole life.
    He will always wwonder if people like him because of his talent or because people feel sorry for him.
    Playing the victim for sympathy is double-edged sword, he will learn it the hard way.
    If you have confidence in your talent you will let your talent speak for you. People who wanna sell their private life always end up in bad situation and depression. Look at britney, michael, rihanna, chris brown. Hope he is enjoying his 15 min of fame tho.

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    _iamjones Reply:

    @Fraud… that the ish I don’t like, you cant be fucking serious he been one of most waited to come since his mixtape and he a excellent writer so 15 mins of fame is he going to have he going to be around for awhile

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    AllAmerykhanBoy Reply:

    @Fraud… that the ish I don’t like, But Frank Ocean Didnt Say He Was Bi First. The Content Of His Music In His Album Did. The First People To Hear and Review The Album Were The First. Two Days Later He Just Clarified It.

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    Kalin Reply:

    @Fraud… that the ish I don’t like, What in the hell … so, by THAT skewed logic, people only like Boy George and Elton John because they “feel sorry for them.” -__-

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    Morgan Reply:

    @Replay, Oh, the idiots on Rap-Up…

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    Triniti Reply:

    @Replay, You are a damn fool. This album was highly anticipated before the letter was even posted.

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  4. He is trolling the industry

    lmao Def Jam probably bought half of those copies.
    Still waiting for a #1 album and a radio hit. Otherwise I’ll stay conviced that Def Jam bought 50 000 copies of their “Itunes Exclusive”.
    How could this nobody sell more digital copies than Justin Bieber, the biggest digital act? Very suspect in my opinion.

    This guy is a fraud:
    -he can’t sing
    -stole the channel orange concept from Devonté Hynes aka BLOOD ORANGE, even his album cover cover is a rip off of Devonté’s single covers
    -He lied He is dating a girl named Alycia Bellamy, Chris brown’s ex girlfriend

    He said it himself on twitter he is trolling the industry and everybody is jumping on this fraud bandwagon but I ain’t buying it.

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    hhhhhhaa please! Reply:

    @He is trolling the industry, you’re an idiot

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    Fraud... that the ish I don't like Reply:

    @hhhhhhaa please!, you are mad cause I exposed his lying a**.
    He won’t fool people for long. People in the industry are already laughing about his fraud a**.
    Hope he is enjoying his 15 min of fame, because anytime soon people will find out about his true colors.

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    Jake Reply:

    @Fraud… that the ish I don’t like, You mad, though? Sound hella bitter to me.

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    SMH@#UndercoverCiaraFans Reply:

    @He is trolling the industry, I’m not trying to argue with you but I will say that Frank has NEVER said he was gay but he has said he was bisexual months before he released his album thank you notes (letter) but people never paid any attention to it until the music critics noticed that he was singing about his past relationship & was being very open & honest about his past : )

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    Rachel Reply:

    @He is trolling the industry, He can’t sing? HAHAHAH…clean your damn ears out!

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    ugur ekin Reply:

    @He is trolling the industry, frank has been trolling industry he tweeted “pyramids is 10 minutes long song i trolled industry.” and he started his “coming out” with Lil B’s words.but he can sing and he is great songwriter,he’s creative he ain’t stole anything.so don’t hate.

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  5. mus

    @Replay, its sad but very true. I think he strategically announced his situation to build some buzz. He is a student of Kanye, and we’ve seen that guy always strategically build some buzz around his album release, negative or positive. He is very talented and should have just let the music speak, but guess it worked for him.

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  6. Miszi

    Nice job, glad he sold that much because he has amazing talent but to all of you that get mad whenever someone says he did those numbers because of the “coming out letter”, deal with it, it’s true. He deserved the numbers without the whole letter thing but he would sell much less without it.

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  7. Lauren

    Congratulations! This album is one of the year’s best!

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  8. D

    Although the coming out letter could have been something he did to create more of a buzz this album was still highly anticipated..I think the letter more of a foretelling of the album.Listen to the lyrics of most of the songs on the album..He says “him,boy” a lot in the lyrics!I think it was more so to “warn” people that “hey,I’m gonna be a little different so please be aware.” Although he did do good please believe he lost fans too with the letter!Im still a fan though.

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  9. .

    LISTEN TO REAL MUSIC LIKE FORTUNE BY CHRIS BROWN. HOW IS THIS CONSIDERED a classic?!!! HAHAHA. he would of sold 35k without the GAY ANNOUNCEMENT! FUCK THIS FAGGOT! how can anyone support gay music? listen to some real masterminds and talented people like chris brown

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    Josh Reply:

    @., Real music like Chris Brown? LMFAO…yeah, just what I need. Some music to beat my woman too. Fucking idiot.

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    bamielovesbreezy Reply:

    @Josh, ur a fool

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    Josh Reply:

    @bamielovesbreezy, Says the teenage Chris Brown stan…LMFAO

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    AllAmerykhanBoy Reply:

    @., The Same Way YOU Support Clothes, Cars, T.V. Shows, Food and Countless Other Things That Involved A “FAGGOT” Contribution

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    Frankie Reply:

    @., Clearly he isn’t REAL MUSIC, otherwise TeamBreezy wouldn’t have let Fortune sell 140K less than F.A.M.E. Oh.

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    Josh Reply:

    @., RIGHT, because what we all NEED is some music to beat our women too!

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    Josh Reply:

    @., Yeah, because what we REALLY NEED is some music to beat our women to!

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  10. Lol at y'all

    Congrats Frank. I’m enjoying my Digital copy and will pick up my physical copy today.

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  11. Yasmine

    I remember before J. Cole’s debut came out, people were yelling, “This nigga will be lucky enough to sell 50K.” Well, Cole World sold ~217K in the first week and the haters were shocked, yelling “Jay brought the albums” as a defense. Cole did that without the promotion that some rappers have — the fanbase that supported him through The Come Up, The Warm Up and Friday Night Lights came through when it mattered the most. In the case of Frank Ocean, now, letter of admission or not — people have been salivating for Frank’s debut ever since nostalgia, ULTRA. He has homophobic fans who don’t ride with him anymore. He has loyal fans who’ll support him no matter what. He has new fans, in the wake of this announcement, that have discovered his music and support meaningful productions. Y’all kill me with these little conspiracy theories. While you are sitting here constructing flawed philosophies and hating, Frank is moving on with his damn life. Ironic, really. I have the album … I love it … he’ll snag a Grammy nomination for sure!

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  12. SMH at your life

    Haters will remain pressed. How would def jam buy all that when it was only on itunes? And everyone on twitter says they bought it? LOL nice try #teambreezy. Yall need to go save chris’s career because that 45k is SAD.

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    Heather Reply:

    @SMH at your life, TELL THEM.

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  13. ny

    chris brown sales… LOL. Karma is a bitch

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  14. TheDreamer

    Congrats Frank. Wish it would have went #1, but the sales are pretty good. Great album.

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  15. Lamar

    Congrats to Frank! I thoroughly enjoy the album and “come out letter” or not I already had an interest in the album.

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  16. boom boom

    so the woman beater TOTAL sells just digitally? lmao!

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  17. HUGH

    Congrats

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  18. blozie L24op

    Congratons Frank Ocean and half of yall need to shut the F up

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  19. peace

    You can’t compare Chris Brown and Frank Ocean’s music, it’s not fair. Frank Ocean’s music is in a completely different level in terms of artistry and sophistication, it is more alternative, more raw R&B. Chris Brown is more pop, as far as I’ve heard some of his songs are strongly influenced by this eurodance-pop sound trend which is going on at the moment.

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  20. LastOneStanding!

    I think he is very taleneted and would have sold a lot of records slowly over the next year and would have been considered one of the most overlooked albums of the year. I do believe that it helped is out of the box sells but the kid is being honest unlike a lot of these fake azz dudes in the indusrty. I’m not one that condones men being gay, I was raised and taught for years and believed for years its wrong but then you grow up mature and relize its not my place to judge but I believe he is telling a lot of these kids stories out there. many young teenage boys are comitting suicde behind being scared to be exposed for their life style. while I’m still one not to approve of gay acts’ and it’s my spiritual morals that can’t accept it. I think he was brave and could help some of these lost kids. at least he is honest and open and the kid is a star extremely talented artist and a gifted songwriter. hope it’s not a stunt for pub. let the music speeak for itself… shit everyone Loves Prince, and he is a super queer!

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    SdotB Reply:

    @LastOneStanding!, what? Prince is a super queer? What makes him that? b/c of his style? As far as I know Prince has always had all the ladies and never had any talks of him being queer…

    I initially agreed with your post until I got closer to the end, it’s like you supported his decision but then u still had to take a jab and leave that ignorant comment…bitter sweet ::shrugs shoulders::

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  21. stan

    What does Chris Brown have to do with Frank Ocean and why keep bringing him up? It’s really stupid, this is all about Frank, sad, even on this post, Chris Brown haters are thinking about Chris Brown, you people really need help, you all are some sad individuals! Yet you talk about his stans being teenagers when you haters are acting childish!

    Congrats Frank!!!!

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  22. ugur ekin

    look dumbass chris brown fans , i’ve been listening chris brown and frank ocean don’t be dumb you can listen both of these singers.frank ocean and chris brown has personal problems tyler the creator told it on interview so hop out on chris brown’s dick and listen whatever you want.he could sell 1931823983292830624 albums or he could sell 1 album but frank is really talented no doubt he’s BETTER singer than chris brown but he’s not a good entertainer that’s all. that’s why chris brown is famous and whole world knows him that’s it. stop acting like dumbass highschool girls/boys.

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