Chart Check [Billboard 200]: Frank Ocean Blasts To #1 With ‘Blond’

Published: Thursday 1st Sep 2016 by Rashad
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If sales are anything to judge by fans obviously thought Frank Ocean‘s sophomore album, ‘Blond,’ was worth the wait.

For, as we reported here, the singer/songwriter was set to top the charts with the album moving an impressive 225,000-250,000 units.  However, with the full tracking week behind us, refreshed news indicates the project – released independently as an Apple Music exclusive – exceeded its forecasted figures by a handsome sum.

Billboard reports:

Frank Ocean earns his first No. 1 on the Billboard 200 albums chart with the arrival of Blonde. The set, which was released on Aug. 20, bows atop the list with 276,000 equivalent album units earned in the week ending Aug. 25, according to Nielsen Music.

Blonde logs the third-largest debut of 2016, behind only the arrivals of Drake’sViews and Beyonce’s Lemonade.  Of Blonde’s start of 276,000 units, 232,000 were in traditional album sales, while the rest were SEA (44,000 units).

Only two albums started bigger than Blonde in 2016: Drake’s Views (1.04 million units earned in its debut frame) and Beyonce’s Lemonade (653,000). Blonde also logs the third-biggest sales start — behind, again, just Views (852,000 copies sold in its first week) and Lemonade (485,000).”

Check in below to find out where all of your other favorites landed under Ocean on this week’s refreshed TGJ Chart Check – Billboard 200:

Billboard 200 This Week

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  1. Jess September 1, 2016

    Those numbers are good. How can someone like Frank Ocean debut with similar numbers to a global superstar like Rihanna.

    • HailLegendGiselle September 1, 2016

      And the reverse is true. How can someone like rihanna debut with same numbers as a talented guy?

      • TikklZ September 1, 2016

        haaaaaaaaaaaaaa… where is lemonade? Terrible for a over-hyped artist like beyonce. Really queen of front loaded sales!

      • Jay September 1, 2016

        Its funny how these navy stans keep bringin up Bey .. lets keep it real Bey is only outta the top 10 bcuz lemonade is not on any other streaming service but Tidal .. meanwhile shes killin pure sales and if she adds it to the streaming sites .. she would kill Anti-Success and Views! meanwhile Bey still makin more money than both of them lol

    • Kris September 1, 2016

      @Jay Exactlu girl! These silly Navy chicks think because Rihanna crushing numbers with streams that she’s outselling Beyonce. No boo! Beyonce is raking in the mad doh. Her album cost double the price of an average album, yet she’s in the top album sellers.

      • Cupid September 2, 2016

        The combination of streaming and sales determines the overall demand for an album and the artist. Even with stream I don’t believe Lemonade would come out on top(my opinion). Rihanna garners a lot of streams each week from this album alone. She’s the most stream female artist each year. She has managed to push over 500k in the U.S alone with an album she gave away to 1.4Million people, she’s dominating any other female artist on radio by covering all top formats with hits. That Rihanna Reign won’t let up.

  2. Mark111 /.\ September 1, 2016

    JOHNVIDAL says:


    Isn´t it strange that Rihanna didn´t seem to benefit at all from her performances at the VMAs? Any of her singles I mean? Normally that´s all she´s got going on with her.
    Beyonce is doing really well sales wise with these last two albums.
    And look at billboard, the only chart that matters. You clowns better cling to record breaking low sales iTunes. lol

    • Barb B**** September 1, 2016

      Your fave broke a record for the lowest selling album to debut at #1 on Billboard. SLAY.

      • Mark111 /.\ September 1, 2016

        Has nothing to do with the subject of my comment. Deflect on your own time sir.

      • Barb B**** September 1, 2016

        I know but I’m just so happy for you guys, you need to be reminded of such an amazing feat. I could shed a tear just thinking about that slay.

      • Mark111 /.\ September 1, 2016

        “I know…”
        And that is all. Goodbye.

      • Barb B**** September 1, 2016

        Lol bye *blows kisses*

      • Keri Qween September 1, 2016

        That was when her album RETURNED to #1 for the 2nd time tho

        Plastic minaj broke a record for the most Hot 100 entries with no #1s. Poor dat

    • Qaz September 2, 2016

      Mark111 is the biggest f(a)g on here. The way he talks is nothing but gay. Your parents failed.

  3. Hur September 1, 2016

    No one will ever sell as much as *NSYNC did in one week… Or Adele …

    • tammy September 1, 2016

      who cares? Anyway wow at the chart, is there any hope that beyonce will make it back in the top 10? Her music is such a struggle these days.

      • Mr.StLaurent September 2, 2016

        Yes next week !!
        She will be back in the top 10 billboard.
        And Lemonade is still in the top3 iTunes WW
        Like always… She slay ???

  4. Swiftie September 1, 2016

    Taylor could

  5. Barb B**** September 1, 2016

    That’s great for him. He is raw talent.

  6. Mark111 /.\ September 1, 2016

    Anti been in the top 10 for over 30 weeks. It may finally drop out of it next week. I see this week’s new releases falling, minus Frank. Brit, Barb and GFLine will have the top 3, bumping Anti down unless it out does 25.

    • IStan4Rihanna. September 1, 2016

      “ANTI” will not fall put of the Top 10 next week. It is expected to peak at #7 this week’s due to the sales/SPS push of the VMA’s.



      1. *Florida Georgia Line (BMLG) 147-152k
      2. *Barbra Streisand (Columbia) 130-135k
      3. *Britney Spears (RCA) 114-119k
      4. Frank Ocean (Boys Don’t Cry) 73-78k
      5. Drake (YMCMB/Republic) 71-76k
      6. Suicide Squad (WMG) 59-63k
      7. Rihanna (Westbury Road/Roc Nation) 33-37k
      8. *Young Thug (WMG) 33-37k
      9. twenty one pilots (WMG) 29-32k
      10. Beyonce (Columbia) 29-32k


      In fact, without this week’s new releases “ANTI” would be #3 (7 months after its release) and “LEMONADE” would be #8.

      • Mark111 /.\ September 1, 2016

        Oh thank bob! Still sh1ting on Lemonpledge I see.

  7. Coolness September 1, 2016

    Congrats to him!

  8. FC/JC September 1, 2016

    Wow, Tory Lanez debuted in the Top 4…. Goof for him

  9. TikklZ September 1, 2016

    All im seeing is Drake Rihanna and Slaydele

  10. HailLegendBeysus September 1, 2016

    Congrats Frank!!! Selling album’s the HONEST WAY!! ???

    • #JACKIE September 1, 2016

      Ooooops? Kiii

  11. FASHION_ICON ~ Anti&Lemonade September 1, 2016

    Not at Anti still in the top 10. Who keep listening to a sh!t album …oh i get it only haters says it’s a s*** album …

  12. Keri Qween September 1, 2016

    Congrats Frank

    ANTI still slaayinggg. Top 10 sitting above albums that was released way after hers

    • Weezy Tha Goat/ Zayn is ? September 1, 2016

      Is Keri still working in her non existent album sis?

      • Keri Qween September 1, 2016

        She’s working on a movie with Gabrielle Union and Monique. Hopefully Wayne’s next album actually charts because Free Weezy didn’t hun.

      • Weezy Tha Goat/ Zayn is ? September 1, 2016

        Free Weezy was a mixtape Hun. Which is why he named is FREE WEEZY

      • Keri Qween September 1, 2016

        And it still didn’t chart but okay

      • Weezy Tha Goat/ Zayn is ? September 1, 2016

        A Tidal exclusive. DUH

  13. Jamie September 1, 2016

    Like Martin used to tell Gina, “You go gitl”. Even though I think he’s beyond overrated. Just a dark-skinned The Weekend minus the forest.

  14. Amerikkka’s Most Wanted ~tyler September 2, 2016

    Views >>> aunti
    Lemonade >>> aunti
    Blonde >>> aunti

  15. Mr.StLaurent September 2, 2016

    I think some people forgot America is not the world.
    Looking at the billboard numbers is good for state artist.
    But for big names like Drake, Rihanna, Beyonce etc for me it’s more what they doing worldwide.
    You can slay America but fail in the rest of the world.

  16. Lolz September 2, 2016

    Congrats Frank. Didn’t need to cheat his way there.

  17. Nowqd Reddish tran ivy blobukz Need UK timely Ukuno eremixi September 2, 2016

    Congrats to frank ocean

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