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.
Frank Ocean has been collaborating with Rick Rubin.
Frank Ocean's hugely anticipated second album appears to have been recorded, in some part at least, at Abbey Road studios in London. The French pianist Christophe Chassol told the BBC's Gilles Peterson that he collaborated with Ocean on new material at the famous venue.
Frank Ocean recorded some of his new album with Rick Rubin at Abbey Road Studios
"Ocean invited me to Abbey Road to record on his album. I asked him how he heard about me. He told me his friend Diplo was listening a lot to [my album]Indiamore, and they started to listen to it, and they were wondering how I was doing the speech harmonization, so he called me. He asked me to do some speech harmonization on a song with him," Chassol told Peterson. "After a while, it was cool and he was like, 'yeah, but we have to find another way because you already did it'."
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Frank Ocean is returning with a new album.
Frank Ocean has announced he is to release a new album as well as launching a magazine in July. The R&B giant has been quiet since Channel Orange in 2012 though he took to Tumblr on Monday to make a special announcement.
Frank Ocean is returning with a new album and, err, a new magazine
Along with an image of himself looking down at a stack of magazines called Boys Don't Cry, Ocean wrote: "I got two versions. I got twoooo versions," adding, "#ISSUE1 #ALBUM3 #JULY2015 #BOYSDONTCRY."
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No, you're not dreaming. Frank Ocean actually has a new track out.
Remember when Frank Ocean was a thing? Well, it’s been a hot minute since the soulful singer/songwriter released a new track, but today was the day. Ocean has been artistically reclusive for two years or so, working on new material, This weekend, he released Memrise, his first solo effort in a few years.
Frank Ocean owns your soul from now until the album drops.
It’s pretty lo-fi stuff, but there’s a lot of production going on. The instrumental is pretty big for a Frank Ocean track and it’s clear he’s been experimenting with a new sound. Intentionally or not, the song has a vinyl kind of sound and a it sounds very ambient – the kind of thing you’d use as background music for a very arty short film. Probably one set in Atlanta.
Without any promotion or warning, the 27-year-old singer dropped his new track on Friday (Nov 28th).
It has been over two years since American singer Frank Ocean burst onto the music scene when releasing his debut album 'Channel Orange,' and on Friday (Nov 28th) he finally gave fans something new to listen to as he unveiled a new song called 'Memrise.'
Frank Ocean released 'Memrise' on Friday (Nov 28th)
Unlike many of his fellow recording artists, the Grammy Award-winner chose not to put together a huge PR campaign for his new track, but simply uploaded the two-minute-long number to his Tumblr without any buzz.
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The Red Bull Music Academy Festival has featured events across the city, including performances from David Byrne and lectures with D'Angelo, but it all culminates on Saturday 31st May, with the official closing party.
Firstly, we recognise that reporting on a mixture of New York parties, eclectic performances and signature lectures from prominent music movers and shakers could seem, well, immaterial. Let's face it, Gotham is one long eclectic party - but the Red Bull Music Academy Festival is different. The Academy itself, which took place in New York in 2013 and will visit Tokyo this fall, is a travelling series of music performances, club nights, lectures, workshops, art installations and more founded in 1998 - it doesn't look to create "stars" (despite notable participants including Aloe Blacc, Flying Lotus, Hudson Mohawke and Juan Son), instead it looks to bring together music makers from around the globe. Think of it as a mobile behemoth of culture, skills and sound.
The newly created 'RBMA Festival ' - now taking place annually in New York City - is a legacy to the critically acclaimed Red Bull Music Academy that took place in New York in 2013. It is a month-long blowout that brings together a diverse group of the world's most creative young musicians. Since May 1st, this year's programme has blanketed the boroughs with a selection of richly curated events - and you're invited to the ultimate wrap party. But more on that soon.
Hip hop artist Frank Ocean was photographed as he stood on the red carpet at the TIME 100 Gala held at Jazz inside the Lincoln Center in New York. The event was part of TIME's annual '100 Most Influential People In The World' issue.
Frank Ocean - TIME celebrates its TIME 100 issue of the 100 most influential people in the world gala at Frederick P. Rose Hall - Red Carpet Arrivals - New York City, New York, United States - Tuesday 29th April 2014
Burrito lawsuits, Chris Brown, Grammy awards, there's been a lot going on for Frank Ocean
Frank Ocean’s career has certainly been on the rise in the past few years since releasing his debut album ‘Channel Orange’ in 2012, to much critical acclaim and recognition. Since then he’s been attempting to break down barriers of homophobia in hip hop as well as having spats with Chris Brown and more recently Chipotle. So what have the past few years been like for the rising hip hop star?
Grammy award winner, Frank Ocean
Frank Ocean was born Christopher Breaux and grew up in New Orleans Louisiana, he started his recording career early before being derailed in 2005 when Hurricane Katrina hit the city and destroyed his studio. In order to continue with his musical ambitions, Frank moved to Los Angeles and began to forge a career in the hip hop scene. Originally he was signed as a songwriter, working with artists such as Beyonce and Justin Bieber. Then in 2009 he joined Tyler the Creator’s hip hop collective Odd Future and was eventually signed as a solo artist to Def Jam recordings.
Continue reading: Chris Brown, Sexuality and Chipotle: The Rise of Frank Ocean
The Chipotle saga, feat. Frank Ocean.
It’s difficult not to like Frank Ocean. He tells big corporations to “f*ck off” when giving back huge advance cheques; he makes good music and he’s helping to break down the barriers of homophobia in R&B and Rap in his songs by addressing the issue.
Look how much Frank Ocean cares. Look at him.
Let’s start from the beginning. Chipotle – the fast food Mexican chain - wanted Ocean to sing a remake of the Willy Wonka song, Pure Imagination. All was well; the advert would promote responsible framing (as it sort of still does, as you can see below) and Ocean would lend his mellifluous tones to it.
Continue reading: Frank Ocean Gives Profane Cheque to Chipotle. What Did He Expect Though?
How very pleasant: Frank Ocean shows his true colours in Chipotle lawsuit.
Frank Ocean has sent off a cheque ending a legal spat with burrito giant Chipotle after a dispute over the soundtrack song for the company's Scarecrow advert last year. The R&B singer eschewed discreteness over sharing the cheque with his fans via Tumblr. The cheque was made out to an unknown company for $212,500 but had "F**k Off" scrawled in the 'memo' section.
Frank Ocean Was Most Displeased To Have Been Made To Give Chipotle Their Money Back.
The pop star also posted a link to the Wikipedia article for 'Defamation' alongside the cheque image. The money, which is assumed to have been made out to Chipotle, was refunding the advance the company paid for Ocean to sing a cover of 'Pure Imagination' for their emotive 2013 commercial.
Beyonce's surprise self-titled album stunned everyone, to the point that there isn't a negative review in sight.
Since she dropped the bomb on Thursday, Beyonce has occupied thousands of terabytes of data transfer with her new album. People are naturally baffled. Yes, we all know Beyonce is pretty much amazing, but even for her, it was an astounding feat. The woman, who opened 2013 by performing at the Inauguration, then went on to do the Super Bowl halftime show to end all halftime shows, went on a 123-show tour, took care of her little girl and still managed to record a 14-track album, film a video for each track and somehow keep the production team behind the entire escapade from breathing a word to anyone.
Can we get a round of applause?
Color us impressed. Since this is Queen Bey, however, people have gotten their heads around the idea by now and music critics are just starting to recover from the shock and express some opinions on the album. Yes, the album is amazing… but is it any good?
We've been speculating whether or not Beyonce would be releasing a new album any time soon. Time to end that speculation
As the minutes were about to take us into Friday, 13 December, music fans across the globe were treated to an unexpected yet highly anticipated surprise. Just before midnight (EST) Beyonce released her all-new, fifth studio album on to iTunes, completely without warning.
Ready or not, Queen Bey is back!
The self-titled release, her first since 2011's 4, became available to download on Thursday night without any prior marketing or anouncements from the star of her PR. The release is more that your traditional album though, as Bey has designated it as a "visual album," with each track coming with it's own video.
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Currently enjoying one of the most successful years in his career, Pharrell has said that he is in no rush to finish N.E.R.D. album
Pharrell Williams has appeared on two of the biggest hits of 2013; Daft Punk's 'Get Lucky' and Robin Thicke's 'Blurred Lines,' and is currently enjoying one of the most successful periods of his already illustrious career. Not one to forget his roots, Pharrell is also working on a new N.E.R.D. album, but told the BBC recently that he has no plans on rush finishing it to cash in on his current wave of success.
Pharrell is in no rush to bring out the next N.E.R.D. album
"N.E.R.D. is the special thing. You don't just throw that [new music] out there. You take your time and you get it right," he told BBC Radio 1's Newsbeat. The group, whose hits include 'Rockstar' and 'She Wants To Move,' last released an album in 2010, when they brought out the mixed received Nothing. Since then Pharrell has focused on his solo and production duties for artists such as Daft Punk, Thicke, Kanye West, Frank Ocean and Justin Timberlake. Now the producer extraordinaire is taking his time to make a quality record with bandmates Sheldon Haley and Chad Hugo.
Continue reading: Pharrell Williams "Won't Rush" New N.E.R.D. Album
John Mayer's sixth studio album, Paradise Valley, was released yesterday (20th Aug). What's the verdict?
John Mayer's new album, Paradise Valley, dropped yesterday (20th Aug) The new record, the follow-up to 2012's Born and Raised, features collaborations with R&B singer Frank Ocean and Mayer's on/off girlfriend, Katy Perry.
The 35-year-old is currently in the midst of his first tour in three years after having to have a granuloma (inflammatory condition) removed from his vocal cords that delayed his fifth album. Writing on his Tumblr at the time, Mayer told his fans: "Though there will be a day when all of this will be behind me, it will sideline me for a longer period of time than I care to have you count down."
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The relative of the Odd Future singer claims that Brown's bodyguard beat him up during a brawl between the two stars earlier this year.
Looks like another legal headache for Chris Brown is on it's way, as the singer is being sued by the cousin of R&B star Frank Ocean, who claims that the 'Don't Wake Me Up' singer's bodyguard beat him to a pulp during a confrontation between the two stars earlier this year. The attack in question happened in January this year, in which the two singers and their entourages came to blows over a parking spot at a LA recording studio, during which Brown allegedly threw homophobic slurs at Ocean and threatened to shoot him (although it is still unclear who started the brawl).
Brown has yet another legal battle to worry about
Frank's cousin Sha'Keir Duarte has now revisited the unpleasant incident saying that he was severely injured during the brawl, claiming that Brown's hired protection, a man who goes by the name of 'Hood,' pulverised him during the attack. Duarte goes on to state that Hood repeatedly punched and kicked him, continuing his brutal attack even when he fell to the ground. In all, Durate reckons he suffered at least twelve kicks to the body and several to the head whilst he was on the floor, having sustained a number of blows prior to collapsing to the floor.
Continue reading: Chris Brown Sued, By Frank Ocean's Cousin, Over January Brawl. Got That?
Date of birth
28th October, 1987