Frank Ocean’s ‘Channel Orange’ Turns Five, Twitter Celebrates
Five years ago today, Frank Ocean released his debut album, Channel Orange. Fresh off the release off his Nostalgia, Ultra mixtape in 2011, the R&B singer wanted to approach his next project with a sound and song structure.
Upon its July 10 release, Channel Orange quickly became a hit, debuting at No. 2 on the Billboard 200 chart and selling 131,000 copies in its first week. The album went on to be certified gold but it was an even bigger hit with fans and critics.
The record was met to widespread critical acclaim, holding a 92 out of 100 rating on Metacritic and being praised for its lyrics and storytelling. The album is also memorable for its subject matter, including Ocean being open about his sexuality on tracks such as “Forrest Gump” and “Pink Matter.”
Many of Frank’s fans on Twitter celebrated the album’s anniversary, praising the project and sharing their memories. “Channel Orange was the soundtrack to my life for two years straight. Timeless project,” wrote one Twitter user. Check out some of the other tweets celebrating the album below.