Frank Ocean has stunned US chart bosses by reaching number two in the Billboards - despite the fact that currently his album is only available as an iTunes exclusive. Ocean now famously came out about his sexuality the other week, heralding a wave of support for the hip hop artist and member of troupe Odd Future.
That swell of feel good vibes has had a huge impact for the man commercially too, and his album 'Channel Orange' is in second spot having sold 131,000 copies from just the one retailer - almost as much as last week's number one Chris Brown who sold 135,000 of his LP 'Fortune'. Ocean could well have had a number one spot in the charts but for a chart policy instituted by Billboard that dictates that any album sold for less than $3.49 does not have the figures from those sales counted towards the overall chart. Ocean's LP has now gone on wider release and Amazon have been offering a download version of the album for just $2.99 which won't be tracked by SoundScan who keep note on the sales in the US.
This all means then that country outfit The Zac Brown Band are sitting at number one with sales of 234,000 - their second number one album after 2010's 'You Get What You With'.