It’s been a great year on the Billboard charts for country music artists like Carrie Underwood and Zac Brown Band. Last week’s Billboard 200 numbers are in, and Zac Brown Band scored big, holding down the No. 1 spot for Uncaged. Uncaged debuted with sales of 234,000, higher than predicted. With eight No. 1 singles in their catalog and their 2010 No. 1 album You Get What You Give there’s no surprise the group would soar to the top. Behind the seasoned ban at No.2 is R&B newcomer Frank Ocean.
The buzz around Frank’s Channel Orange resulted in impressive numbers. Channel Orange had no radio hits and very little promotion, but managed to sell 131,000 in its first week, which is more than Usher‘s Looking 4 Myself that debuted with 128,000. Ocean released the album on iTunes a week early, which resulted in all but about 3,000 of the 131,000 units sold purchased from iTunes. Times are changing, as the elders would say. The No. 2 Billboard 200 album was primarily purchased on iTunes and created by fairly new artist who opened up about his sexuality a week prior. That’s not only impressive, but inspiring, which is exactly what music does at its best.
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