The long-awaited LP Blonde by Frank Ocean accomplished great success, as it became the Number One in its debut week. The album, formerly known as Boys Don’t Cry, sold 276,000 copies, out of which 232,000 came from the traditional iTunes-only album sales and the rest from Apple Music exclusive bulk streams.
This is the third-best opening sales week of this year, only behind Beyonce’s Lemonade and Drake’s Views. And, it’s Ocean’s first Number One album, after his Channel Orange got to Number Two back in 2012.
Earlier it was announced by Billboard that Ocean’s visual album Endless will be missing from the chart – not eligible due to only being available as one continuous stream, instead of as individual tracks, among other things. Endless, however, fulfilled Ocean’s contract with Def Jam, which made Blonde the first Billboard top 200 album that was independently released since 2013, when Garth Brooks’ box set Blame It On My Roots came out.
Other than Blonde, a few other new releases made it into the Top 10, namely the debut LP of Tory Lanez, I Told You, which entered at Number Four with 52,000 copies sold, and at Number Five, there is Lindsey Stirling’s Brave Enough with 49,000 copies.