With the 2013 Grammy Awards now less than a month away, one would think Frank Ocean had enough to look forward to this year- following the birth of his debut album last year.
However, before he’s set to win big at the star studded event, tonight welcomed news that cements his status as one of the world’s fastest rising commercial acts…and the unassuming saviour of Contemporary R&B.
This week, his Malay produced cut ‘Lost’ rose by 116 spots on the Official UK Singles Chart, securing him a Top Ten position (#9) on the nation’s Urban tally, while its supporting album ‘Channel Orange’ rose 1 spot to #2 in its 27th week of release.
If it succeeds in rising by the same amount next week, it will dethrone Rihanna‘s seventh studio album, ‘Unapologetic’, which has thus far remained unchallenged on the chart since its November 19th arrival. Impressive, considering her 2010 effort ‘Loud‘ and 2011 album ‘Talk That Talk’ occupy #15 and #19 respectively.
Meanwhile, on the Official Albums Top 100, ‘Orange’ continues on its winning streak by jumping 16 spots to #19 in a single week, while Kendrick Lamar‘s ‘Good Kid Maad City’ leaps 22 spots on the chart in the same amount of time, indicating a renewed interest in Hip Hop & R&B in the competitive market.
A market, the likes of his Def Jam brother Elijah Blake will hope to fare just as well in upon the release of his debut album this year.