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Frank Ocean (born Christopher Breaux, 28.10.1987) Frank Ocean is an American R&B singer songwriter who rose to fame on the release of his debut album 'Channel Orange' which charted at number two in the US Billboard 200 in 2012.

Childhood: Frank Ocean was born in Long Beach, California but later moved to New Orleans, Louisiana when he was five. As a teenager he took up numerous small jobs in order to save money to record his music in a studio. He attended the University of New Orleans where he continued to record his music, even setting up his own studio. In 2005, following the disaster that was Hurricane Katrina, he found his recording studio had been looted and flooded.

Musical Career: Frank Ocean moved to LA after University where he signed a songwriting deal and subsequently became a ghost writer for artists such as Brandy, Justin Bieber and John Legend. In 2009 he became a member of the hip hop collective OFWGKTA (aka Odd Future) and released his critically acclaimed 'Nostalgia, Ultra' mixtape alongside charting singles 'Novacane' and 'Swim Good'. Soon after, he signed a deal with Def Jam recordings and legally changed his name to Christopher Francis Ocean inspired by 1960 movie 'Ocean's 11'. In 2011, he featured on Kanye West and Jay Z's 2011 album 'Watch The Throne' contributing on the tracks 'No Church in the Wild' and 'Made In America'. His debut album 'Channel Orange' came out in July 2012 a week earlier than had been announced. It debuted at number two on the US Billboard 200. It was promoted with three singles: 'Thinkin Bout You', 'Pyramids' and 'Sweet Life'. He came second in the BBC's Sound of 2012 poll and has performed at the Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival as well as Lollapalooza. He has collaborated with artists such as Nas, Pharrell Williams and Tyler, The Creator over his relatively short career. Frank Ocean: Personal Life Before the release of his album, Frank Ocean became one of the first African-American R&B artists to come out as having had homosexual relationships. He announced the fact in a blog on Tumblr thanking those who have stood by him for their support and commented: 'I don't know what happens now, and that's alrite. I don't have any secrets I need kept anymore...I feel like a free man.' Frank Ocean: Legal Issues Frank Ocean sampled The Eagles' hit song 'Hotel California' for his track 'American Wedding' without asking the band's permission. Frank suggested the band felt 'intimidated' by his rendition but they retorted that what he did was illegal. Having initially not considered taking legal action, the band are rethinking their decision.



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Solange Knowles Will Perform At This Year's Lovebox Festival


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Solange Knowles is set to perform at this year's Lovebox festival.

The 30-year-old musician has been confirmed as one of the artists who will take to the stage at the music extravaganza, which will take place at London's Victoria Park, on July 14 and 15.

And the brunette beauty - who is the sister of Beyoncé Knowles - will be joined by Jamie xx, Chase and Status, Jess Glynne and Rag n Bone Man at the hotly anticipated event this summer.

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Frank Ocean, Lana Del Rey And Many More Announced For Way Out West Festival 2017


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Frank Ocean is the latest headliner to be announced for Way Out West Festival this summer, adding the event to his ever growing list of upcoming summer festival appearances this year. The xx and Chance The Rapper have also been announced alongside already confirmed acts Lana Del Rey and Pixies.

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The festival, which takes place at Slottsskogen Park in Gothenburg, Sweden between August 10th and 12th, has already been announced to host acts such as Lana Del Rey, Major Lazer, Pixies and Young Thug, but Ocean joins the list of top billed artists in his very latest festival booking.

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Frank Ocean Hits Back At Grammy Producers In Tumblr Post


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Frank Ocean has responded to the Grammy Awards telecast producers who had criticised him for his performance four years ago, calling them “old” and responsible for “faulty TV” in a new Tumblr post.

Writing on Sunday (February 12th), the 29 year old singer went in with both feet on Grammy producer Ken Ehrlich and writer David Wild, saying “We all die one day and you're old so f*** it,” and citing the moment Taylor Swift won the 2016 Grammy for Album of the Year as an example of how The Recording Academy was behind the times.

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Frank Ocean Being Sued For $14.5 Million By His Father For Defamation


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Frank Ocean is being sued by his father, Calvin Cooksey, for defamation over a comment the R&B superstar made about him on Tumblr.

Cooksey, who has been estranged from his son for several decades, is reported to be seeking $14.5 million in damages, claiming Ocean falsely accused him in a blog post of having used the word “faggot” in front of him as a young child, according to TMZ.

Frank OceanFrank Ocean said in a Tumblr post that his father had used a homophobic slur in front of him as a child

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Are Kanye West, Justin Bieber And Drake Boycotting "Irrelevant" Grammys?


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Kanye West, Justin Bieber and Drake are reportedly not going to be attending next month’s Grammy Awards.

According to reports the three artists will be no shows at the February 12 ceremony, despite receiving multiple nominations each.

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Top 10 Music Videos Of 2016


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2016 has been a strange year. Starting off with the death of David Bowie (pictured below) and ending with nobody in the world quite sure what is going it has been a constant journey of ups and downs. 

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But still, there has been some excellent music videos created to match this state of confusion; from Bowie to Anohni, there has always been a constant source of inspiration available in the ever-changing climate. Here we do a recap of our favourite videos of the year, good luck 2017 in trying to match some of these...

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Jim Pusey's Top Ten Albums Of 2016


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Yet the shifting social landscape and loss of musical icons doesn't seem to have galvanised any one artistic movement in response, surely that's on the horizon for 2017. But while this annus horribilis may not be remembered for a particular genre or artist capturing the cultural zeitgeist, it did reinforce the simple point that the concept of an album is not dead yet. From Bowie and Cohen quite brilliantly using the format as a last will and testament, Beyonce's lavish visual album for Lemonade, to Kanye and Frank Ocean bypassing some methods of traditional distribution, it's clear that the digital age of single song downloads hasn't killed the album as an artistic statement. Vinyl has helped to massively bolster sales of physical products too, emphasising the artistic merits of the album beyond simply the music on the record.

With that in mind, many well-established artists delivered records vying for position with their best work. Bands such as Weezer, Green Day, Biffy Clyro, and Against Me! may not be making many end of year top ten lists, but their output in 2016 has been impressively solid. Even Metallica returned with a record that lived up to its hype. Elsewhere other artists produced records that at an earlier point in the year would certainly have made my list; Ray LaMontagne, Brian Fallon, Iggy Pop, Shearwater, Wye Oak, A Tribe Called Quest, Bob Mould, PJ Harvey, Joseph Arthur, and St. Paul & The Broken Bones, all comfortably fit into that category. Of particular note was the album, which kept appearing on my list and then just falling frustratingly into a lower position. Underworld's Barbara Barbara, We Face A Shining Future is a glorious album. It's two men at a very different point in their lives using the music of their youth to paint a portrait of life post 50, and the result is uplifting and hopeful in a way that many other albums weren't this year. I'm delighted that Underworld has picked up a Grammy nomination for such a great record.

One final mention before sharing my ten favourite records of 2016 is for Jimmy Broomfield. Performing under the name Heart Of Oak, his debut EP, aptly titled EP 1, was released this year. It's a collection of songs that are deeply personal and wonderfully intimate with their bare bones performances. His song-writing is both clever and witty and if you're looking for some home-grown talent with a promising future you need look no further than Heart Of Oak's website.

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Frank Ocean Announces First Live Dates In Support Of 'Blonde'


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Following the huge success of his long-awaited new album Blonde earlier in 2016, the enigmatic star Frank Ocean has announced his first live dates in more than three years next summer, including a show at British festival Lovebox.

In what has been described as a “London exclusive” by Lovebox’s organisers, the 29 year old singer will perform his first British gig since 2013 on July 14th in the capital’s Victoria Park, in what will also be Ocean’s first ever British festival appearance.

Furthermore, Lovebox describes the performance as “one of his only two UK festivals this year” – hinting at an appearance elsewhere in the summer.

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Frank Ocean Not Submitting 'Blonde' For Grammys Consideration Is His "Colin Kaepernick" Moment


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Frank Ocean has explained why he did not submit his latest album Blonde for consideration at the 2017 Grammy Awards.

In a interview with the New York Times, Ocean said he felt the Grammys were not doing a good job at representing black artists, and decided to have his ‘Colin Kaepernick moment’ and not submit the album.

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Is Universal Considering Suing Frank Ocean Over 'Blonde' Release?


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Following the release of two albums in the space of a few days, Frank Ocean has reportedly left himself open to the possibility of getting sued by his former record label Universal.

Immediately before he dropped his well-received second LP Blonde – his first in four years after 2012’s Channel Orange – the singer released a visual album entitled Endless. While both were made exclusively available by Apple Music, the first was released in conjunction with Def Jam, part of the Universal Music Group (UMG).

Frank OceanFrank Ocean's 'Blonde' was released just days after visual album 'Endless'

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Frank Ocean - TIME 100 Gala TIME'S 100 Most Influential People In The World at Jazz at Lincoln Center- Inside Arrivals - New York City, United States - Tuesday 23rd April 2013

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Frank Ocean - Time 100 Gala held at the Time Warner Center- Outside Arrivals - New York City, New York, United States - Tuesday 23rd April 2013

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Frank Ocean - Paris Fashion Week - Autumn/Winter 2013 - Valentino - Outside - Paris, Paris, France - Tuesday 5th March 2013

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Frank Ocean - Paris Fashion Week - Autumn/Winter 2013 - Givenchy - Outside Arrivals - Paris, La Halle Freyssinet, France - Sunday 3rd March 2013

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Date of birth

28th October, 1987

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