The Zac Brown Band has its toes in the water and rear end in the sand at No. 1 on this week’s Billboard Top 200 albums chart, as the Georgia rock group sold 234,000 copies of its latest, “Uncaged,” its first week in stores. The set marks the Zac Brown Band’s second No. 1 album on the Billboard chart.
ZBB’s triumph was expected; more surprising is the No. 2 debut of R&B singer Frank Ocean’s “Channel Orange,” which debuted online a week ahead of its physical release and sold 131,000 copies its first week. Ocean garnered a lot of buzz following an online admission of a same-sex relationship, and the strong sales of “Channel Orange” are proof of either a changing tide in tolerance and acceptance in culture or simply that a lot of people couldn’t wait to get their hands on Ocean’s much-lauded debut. Even more surprising, as Billboard points out, is that Ocean’s first week sales trumped those of Usher’s “Looking 4 Myself,” which debuted with 128,000 first week sales last month.
Justin Bieber, Chris Brown and Maroon 5 round out the top five.
Next week, the latest album from Nas, the new Kidz Bop collection and the soundtrack to “The Dark Knight Rises” will impact the chart.
Billboard’s Top 10 albums (sales in parentheses, figures according to Nielsen SoundScan)
1. Zac Brown Band, Uncaged (234,00)
2. Frank Ocean, Channel Orange (131,000)
3. Justin Bieber, Believe (45,000)
4. Chris Brown, Fortune (45,000)
5. Maroon 5, Overexposed (44,000)
6. Linkin Park, Living Things (37,000)
7. One Direction, Up All Night (36,000)
8. Adele, 21 (35,000)
9. Katy Perry, Teenage Dream (34,000)
10. Kenny Chesney, Welcome to the Fishbowl (32,000)