Frank Ocean's new album Channel Orange was released earlier today exclusively on the iTunes store a week ahead of its official July 17 release. The news was announced on last night's "Late Night With Jimmy Fallon' show
Ocean also made his TV performance debut on the program with the new song "Bad Religion," which he performed with the Roots and a string orchestra (watch above).
The anticipated album will be his Def Jam bow after the 2011 release of "Nostalgia, Ultra," a mixtape Ocean shared online himself after a period of label frustration.
While it's too early to tell how well the album will sell in its first week, some industry sources suggest a top 10 debut on next week's Billboard 200 chart is likely. We'll have a better forecast of its sales on Wednesday, July 11.
Ocean's possible top 10 arrival would follow a pair of top five debuts from the Odd Future gang. Earlier this year, Odd Future's "The OF Tape Vol. 2" debuted at No. 5 with 40,000 in its first week (according to Nielsen SoundScan), while in 2011, Tyler, the Creator's "Goblin" also bowed at No. 5 with a 45,000 launch. However, unlike Channel Orange, neither of those titles were exclusive to one retailer in their first week.
R&B singer Ocean, an Odd Future member who has worked with Beyonce, Kanye West and Jay-Z, drew attention last week for a much-discussed blog post revealing a past relationship with a man. His honesty drew industry support from figures including Russell Simmons, Tyler, the Creator, and Beyonce, who responsed with a poetic post on her own site, writing, "Be fearless / be honest / be generous / be brave / be poetic / be open / be free / be yourself / be in love / be happy / be inspiration."
Channel Orange Track Listing:
'Thinkin Bout You'
'Not Just Money'
'Super Rich Kids' (feat. Earl Sweatshirt)
'White' (feat. John Mayer)
'Pink Matter' (feat. André 3000)
(Reporting by David Greenwald and Keith Caulfield, L.A.; Andy Gensler, New York )