Frank Ocean’s ‘Channel Orange’ Debuts High on Billboard, Chris Brown Slips

Despite having no radio single, Frank Ocean’s debut album had a strong chart debut that puts him up there in sales with Chris Brown, who sold 135k copies of “Fortune” its first week and Usher, who moved 128K with ‘Looking For Myself.’

“Channel Orange,” the follow-up to 2011’s Nostalgia, Ultra, hit number two on the Billboard charts in its debut week. This is truly a feat, with Nielsen Soundscan reporting “Channel Orange” selling 131k, mostly digital units with no heavy promotion or official single releases; just an “Unrequited Love” open letter, which gave buzz to a performance on Jimmy Fallon, which led to the iTunes digital album release the next day; a sequence of events that seems like a recipe for success.

As for Chris Brown, who debuted at the No. 1 spot last week, the R&B crooner slips to the fourth position on the tally this week with 45,000 units sold.