Frank Ocean album worth the wait as it hits number one
Frank Ocean’s long-awaited release Blonde has scored him a first UK number one – while David Brent also has a spot in the top five.
The R’n'B singer’s second album marked the follow-up to his 2012 debut Channel Orange, which scored two Grammy Awards and achieved critical acclaim.
It has reached the top of the album charts despite being made available exclusively on the Apple streaming service.
The 17-track record, which arrived on Apple Music on Saturday, debuts at number one with 32,000 combined sales (including 26,000 downloads), almost twice as many as his closest rival Dolly Parton, who lands the second spot with her 43rd studio album Pure And Simple.
David Brent’s Life On The Road – the soundtrack for the new Ricky Gervais film – is at number three.
The album is recorded entirely by Gervais’ alter ego and his band Foregone Conclusion and features 15 tracks, including the previously released Equality Street and latest single Lady Gypsy.
Drake album Views and Bob Marley retrospective Legend round off the top five.
In the Official Singles Chart, Major Lazer, Justin Bieber and MO hang on to Number One for a fifth week with Cold Water.
Bieber also lands a place in the second spot, as he features in DJ Snake’s Let Me Love You.
It is followed by The Chainsmokers with Closer, Calum Scott’s Dancing On My Own and Heathens, the track from Twenty One Pilots.