Frank Ocean is headed toward his first No. 1 album with 'Blonde'

Los Angeles Times 

After a whirlwind, unconventional release, Frank Ocean's new album is coasting toward the top of the charts. "Blonde," the follow-up to the enigmatic singer's critically acclaimed and Grammy-winning major label debut, "Channel Orange," is expected to debut at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 -- a first for Ocean. Released Saturday exclusively to Apple Music and available for purchase through the iTunes store, the album is projected to debut with 225,000 to 250,000 equivalent albums, Billboard reported late Monday. The arrival of "Blonde" (also stylized as "blond") followed a rollout that kept fans guessing. In April 2015, Ocean announced that he had completed an album, to be called "Boys Don't Cry," and his reps confirmed the album and an accompanying publication would arrive in July of that year.