The Best R&B Debut Albums of All Time

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The Best R&B Debut Albums of All Time

As they say, you never get a second chance to make a first impression. Frank Ocean certainly didn't squander that one-time opportunity. His incredible studio debut, Channel Orange, which hit stores today (July 17), is already being called one of the best R&B albums in years. In honor of Ocean's gem, BET.com takes a look at the best soul-music debuts of all time — albums that introduced greats, moved crowds and launched legacies. —Alex Gale

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