|Zac Brown and Frank Ocean (WENN.COM, AFP)
Frank Ocean’s chart debut proves, once again, a little controversy does an album good.
The Louisiana R&B singer, who recently opened up about a gay relationship he had four years ago, went from relative obscurity to the No. 3 spot on the charts this week. His album “Channel Orange” racked up sales of 6,700, according to Nielsen SoundScan data.
While Ocean’s rise impressed, the chart crown this week on both sides of the border went to country act Zac Brown Band, whose third studio album “Uncaged” sold 8,100 copies in Canada and a respectful 234,000 in the U.S.
“Uncaged” had the second biggest country sales week this year, after Carrie Underwood’s “Blown Away” back in May 2012.
Justin Bieber continued his march to platinum sales status with “Believe” holding steady in second place. The pop star’s latest disc racks up another 7,000 copies this week and has sold over 92,000 copies in Canada since its release last month.
Flor Rida’s “Wild Ones,” last week’s No. 1, fell sharply to fifth place just behind Maroon 5’s “Overexposed” at No. 4 and ahead of “Up All Night” by British boy band One Direction in the sixth spot.
British soul singer Adele remained on the chart for the 73rd week, with her sophomore “21” landing at No. 7.
Rounding out the bottom half of the charts is Linkin Park’s “Living Things,” at No. 8, Katy Perry’s 2010 album “Teenage Dream,” reemerging at No. 9 and MC Mario’s “Summer Anthems 2012” falling five notches to tenth place.
In the U.S., Ocean came in at No. 2, with Bieber in third spot. Chris Brown’s “Fortune” (a flop in Canada) fell to fourth, while Maroon 5 dropped down to No. 5.