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    Mon, 29 Aug 2016 10:21:52

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    Following a week of dynamic releases, industry machinations and controversy, Frank Ocean's long awaited third studio album Blonde has reached Number 1 on Billboard's 200 chart.

    The album sold 44,000 copies in streaming equivalent albums and 232,000 in traditional album sales, totalling 276,000 units, and in doing so it knocked the Suicide Squad soundtrack from the number one position.

    Ocean's visual album Endless, released just a day before Blonde, is not represented in the 200 chart because in its current form it was not considered eligible, according to Billboard. Over the course of the past week, Blonde was streamed 65.4 million times on Apple Music.

    According to anti-piracy company MUSO, Blonde has been illegally downloaded over 1 million times since its release.

    This marks Ocean's first number one album; his 2012 album Channel ORANGE peaked at No. 2 on the Billboard 200 chart in July of 2012.

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