Frank Ocean, the singer among rappers in the alternative rap collective Odd Future, plants his debut studio album, "channel ORANGE," at No. 1 on the R&B/Hip-Hop Albums chart with 131,000 sold, according to Nielsen SoundScan. With an initial projected opening sales week of 40,000, overflowing support came in after Ocean's tumblr announcement regarding his sexuality.
In addition to the expectation-exceeding feat accomplished by Ocean, Aesop Rock, the underground artist who made his first appearance on R&B/Hip-Hop Albums in 2003, reappears with his latest set, "Skelethon," which debuts at No. 5 with 14,000, marking a career-high sales frame and chart ranking.
In between the two titles, Chris Brown's "Fortune" falls to No. 2 after bowing last week at the summit (45,000, down 67%); the various artists compilation "Maybach Music Group Presents: Self Made 2" drops 2-3 (21,000, down 39%); and, Usher's "Looking 4 Myself" slips 3-4 (20,000, down 35%).
In its fourth week on R&B/Hip-Hop Albums, BeBe Winans' "America * America" claims Greatest Gainer honors, soaring from No. 46 to a new peak to date at No. 22.
R&B/HIP-HOP'S SONGZ: Trey Songz earns his 17th top 10 on R&B/Hip-Hop Songs, as "2 Reasons" (featuring T.I.) reaches up 11-10 in its sixth week. T.I. concurrently nets his 19th top 10. The track is Songz's second single from his fifth studio album, "Chapter V," which is set for release on Aug. 21. First single "Heart Attack" reached No. 3 last month. Further, "Dive In," a third track from the forthcoming set, debuts at No. 88 on the tally.
Atop R&B/Hip-Hop Songs, Kanye West, Big Sean, Pusha T and 2 Chainz's "Mercy" logs a third week at No. 1 with 29 million audience impressions (down less than 1%), according to Nielsen BDS. 2 Chainz's "No Lie" (featuring Drake) climbs 5-2 (26.1 million, up 8%), followed by Usher's "Lemme See" (featuring Rick Ross) (3-3); Usher's prior single and former 11-week leader "Climax" (2-4); and, J. Cole's "Nobody's Perfect" (featuring Missy Elliott) (4-5).
Further down the chart, Keyshia Cole's "Enough of No Love" (featuring Lil Wayne) dons the Greatest Gainer/Airplay badge as it more than doubles its audience impressions (up 111%) to 7 million. The song is the first single from Cole's fifth studio album, "Woman to Woman," due this fall.