While country music group Zac Brown Band held down the #1 spot on the Billboard 200 this week, with Uncaged, Frank Ocean was on their heels with his newly released debut studio effort, Channel Orange.
Ocean’s new LP debuted at #2 this week, selling a sold 131,000 copies, despite dropping the project without warning and ahead of schedule.
The buzzed about Channel Orange project was initially released, exclusively through iTunes on July 10th — a week before its advertised street date of July 17. Since it dropped digitally, physical retailers were instructed by Ocean’s label to start selling the CD version as soon as it arrives in stores. So, many physical retailers dropped the LP over the weekend. About 3,000 physical CDs contributed to the overall tally.
Billboard.com reports that Ocean’s debut surpasses Usher’s recent first-week with Looking 4 Myself (128,000) and almost matches the figure Chris Brown launched with Fortune a week ago (135,000).
Chris Brown’s Fortune landed at #4 this week, selling 45,000 copies; and Maybach Music’s Self Made, Vol. 2 sells 21,000 copies to land at #13.
Closing out the top 20 is the latest release from Rhymesayers’ recording artist, Aesop Rock, who’s sixth solo album, Skelethon, bows at #20 with 14,000 sold. The LP is the NY-bred rapper’s first solo release since 2007’s None Shall Pass. It is largely self-produced, and features one vocal appearance.
That wraps things up this week. To cop any of these new releases, head over to Amazon.com.
According to Billboard.com, overall album sales in this past chart week (ending July 15) totaled 5.56 million units, down 4% compared with the sum last week (5.80 million) and down 1% compared with the comparable sales week of 2011 (5.61 million). Year-to-date album sales stand at 161.81 million, down 3% compared with the same total at this point last year (166.42 million).