News: Frank Ocean Reacts To 'Channel Orange' First-Week Sales, "Getting Blacklisted By Major Retailers & Still Selling A Lot"

Thursday, Jul 19, 2012 7:00AM

Written by Cyrus Langhorne

Odd Future affiliate Frank Ocean has stepped up to offer his reaction to dropping his new Channel Orange ahead of schedule and still pushing impressive first-week numbers.

Ocean hopped on Twitter early Thursday (July 19) morning to boast about his new LP's sales.

"getting blacklisted by major retailers and still selling a lot of albums is a great feeling. thanks yall.," he tweeted July 19th.
"toast to the digital age." (Frank Ocean's Twitter)

The new LP managed to sell over 100,000 copies after dropping exclusively through iTunes last week.

Leading the pack this week is Frank Ocean's Channel Orange at No. 2 behind Zac Band Brown's Uncaged (234,300). According to Nielsen SoundScan, the iTunes-exclusive LP shelled 131,200 copies in its first seven days. (SOHH Sales Wrap)

Target recently defended not carrying Channel Orange and denied blackballing the LP over Ocean coming out as a bisexual man earlier in the month.

In response, Target issued a statement to Billboard.biz that reads: "The claims made about Target's decision to not carry the Frank Ocean album are absolutely false. Target supports inclusivity and diversity in every aspect of our business. Our assortment decisions are based on a number of factors, including guest demand. Target has a longstanding tradition of supporting music and artistry that reflects the diverse landscape of American culture. Our history of partnering with diverse artists includes recent partnerships with a variety of musicians, such as Ricky Martin, B.o.B., and Gloria Estefan." (Billboard Biz)

Last week, music veteran Jermaine Dupri said he hoped Ocean's new LP sold big opening week units to send a shock wave to label executives.

"When I saw the # that Frank Ocean is suppose to hit next week, I got extremely Happy,I said I need to get in my car and and listen to this album,by the time I got to "Sweet Life" I was even more happy,finally!! a RnB album that's hip,with out having the same 5 rappers on every song,I actually hope he hits 200k,for the sake of RnB,it's in the worst position it's ever been since I started making music, The Record company's don't believe in it,Radio won't play it if it don't have a rapper,and a majority of the artist that are labeled RnB,are confused and lost,so I repeat,I hope Ocean sells more than the 125k that he's on pace for,maybe these executives u'llwake the f*ck up,or at least try to copy what he's doing,like they always do, by the way,the end of "Pyramids"jammin like a m*fucka. [sic]" (Global 14)

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