Frank Ocean’s ‘Blond’ Album Expected to Sell Nearly 250,000 Copies First Week
Frank Ocean appears to be on the cusp of earning his first No. 1 album on the Billboard charts. Industry forecasters say the singer's new album Blond is expected to move 225,000 to 250,000 equivalent album units in its first week. The world will find out if Ocean did land the No. 1 spot on the chart when it goes public on Sunday (Aug. 28).
The expected sales for Frank Ocean's Blond LP will almost double the first week sales of his debut album. 2012's Channel Orange sold 131,000 copies. That project was released before the changes to the RIAA's rules though. The RIAA now counts 1,500 on-demand video or audio streams as an equivalent to one physical album sale. 100 to 150 streams are counted as an equivalent to a single track download.
The hype and anticipation are certainly a factor in Frank Ocean's impressive sales too. Fans and media alike have not been patiently waiting for this album. Plenty of false release dates and idle pleas to the singer have popped up in the four years since his debut LP dropped. Ocean topped everyone's expectations by releasing not one, but two new albums last week.
Frank Ocean's first release of the past week, Endless, was a visual album. The Odd Future member quickly followed it up with his Blond album just two days later. Ocean also released a zine called Boys Don't Cry which added to a massive amount of content for fans to enjoy.
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