Frank Ocean has debuted at no. 2 on the Billboard charts with his first album Channel Orange, selling 134,000 copies of the much-talked-about LP since it was released digitally last week, according to Nielsen Soundscan.
The debut is impressive for a number of reasons. One, for most of the week, the album was solely available via iTunes and only began arriving at physical retailers over the weekend. Target, one of the largest brick-and-mortar retailers of CDs, refused to carry the record outright.
Two, the sales outpace that of Usher's recent No. 1 debut for Looking 4 Myself, which sold 128,000 copies in its first week and benefited from much more promotion and several hit singles. Ocean also narrowly missed another certified crossover R&B star with similar advantages in Chris Brown, who recently secured his own No. 1 debut with 135,000 sales of his album Fortune.
Channel Orange debuts behind the new album from country sensation the Zac Brown Band, which debuts with 234,000 copies sold.
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