Frank Ocean’s ‘Blonde’ Debuts at No. 1 on Billboard 200 Chart
It's official—Frank Ocean has the No. 1 album in the country. The 28-year-old R&B singer's sophomore album, Blonde, debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 chart.
Frank didn't disappoint with the highly-anticipated album as he brought on the likes of Beyoncé, André 3000, Kanye West, Pharrell Williams, Kendrick Lamar, James Blake, and Tyler, the Creator for featured guests.
It was unclear whether or not Blonde sold enough to make it to the top spot last week since it was released exclusively on Apple Music. But Blonde ultimately sold 232,000 traditional album sales. With streams, it racked up 276,000 units including streams, according to Nielsen Music.
Blonde serves as Ocean's first No. 1 album. (His 2012 effort, channel ORANGE, debuted and peaked at No. 2 on the Billboard 200 chart.) It also nabbed the third largest opening week in 2016 after Drake's Views and Beyonce's Lemonade. Not to mention it's also charting at No. 1 in the UK and in Australia.
Ocean has yet to make a statement about his latest win but after the release of the album, he thanked his tireless fans who consistently begged for the release of his sophomore album.
"I had the time of my life making all of this. Thank you all. Especially those of you who never let me forget I had to finish. Which is basically every one of ya'll. Haha. Love you," read his Tumblr post.
The album was released independently through Ocean's Boy's Don't Cry imprint. As for Endless, the album Ocean released one day before Blonde to fulfill his contractual obligation to release another effort through Def Jam, is not eligible for Billboard charts since it is not available to purchase.