Frank Ocean’s ‘Blonde’ tops the US Billboard Chart in its first week

The long-awaited album has surged to the top of the charts in the States

Frank Ocean has achieved his first number one album in the US after his new record ‘Blonde’ hit the peak of the Billboard Chart in its first week.

Ocean finally released his second studio album last week (August 20) after over four years since the arrival of his debut, ‘channel ORANGE’. ‘Blonde’ was preceded by a visual album, ‘Endless’, which streamed on Apple Music in the days before ‘Blonde”s release.

‘Blonde’ has stormed to the top of the Billboard’s 200 chart, racking up 44,000 copies in streaming equivalent albums and 232,000 in traditional album sales – making for a total of 276,000 units, as Pitchfork reports.

The album is also reigning supreme at the top of the UK album charts, making it his first number one album in the country. ‘Blonde’ had 32,000 combined sales (including 26,000 downloads), which was almost twice as much as his closest rival Dolly Parton, who charted at number 2 with her new album ‘Pure & Simple’.

Over the past week, ‘Blonde’ has been streamed 65.4 million times on Apple Music, where it is being housed exclusively.

You can stream the album below, via Apple Music.

Read NME‘s track-by-track review of ‘Blonde’ here.
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