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Frank Ocean Biography

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.

Frank Ocean: 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.

Frank Ocean: 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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The Latest Frank Ocean News

Sasquatch! Music Festival's Second Weekend Axed

22nd March 2014

Organisers of the Sasquatch! Music Festival have scrapped plans to hold a second weekend event in 2014 that was set...

Chipotle Bosses Officially Drop Lawsuit Against Frank Ocean

21st March 2014

Bosses at fast food chain Chipotle have officially dropped their breach of contract lawsuit against R&B star Frank Ocean.The Pyramids...

Chris Brown, Sexuality And Chipotle: The Rise Of Frank Ocean

13th March 2014

Frank Ocean’s career has certainly been on the rise in the past few years since releasing his debut album ‘Channel...

Frank Ocean Gives Profane Cheque To Chipotle. What Did He Expect Though?

12th March 2014

It’s difficult not to like Frank Ocean. He tells big corporations to “f*ck off” when giving back huge advance cheques;...

Frank Ocean Tells Chipotle To "f- Off" In Lawsuit Over Scarecrow Advert Song

11th March 2014

Frank Ocean has sent off a cheque ending a legal spat with burrito giant Chipotle after a dispute over the...

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Frank Ocean Reviews

Frank Ocean - Channel Orange Album Review

10th July 2012

Frank Ocean must be breathing a pretty big sigh of relief right now. Since he...

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Frank Ocean Festivals

Osheaga Festival

1st August 2014

Rock en Seine

22nd August 2014

Wireless Festival

4th July 2014

Coachella

11th April 2014

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The Latest Frank Ocean Press Releases

Frank Ocean Adds Second O2 Academy Brixton Show - Wednesday 10th July 2013

5th April 2013

Due to popular demand Frank Ocean has added a second London show at O2...

Frank Ocean Announces O2 Academy Brixton Show 9th July 2013

4th April 2013

Frank Ocean makes his long awaited live return to the UK this July, when he...

Frank Ocean Leads 2013 Grammy Nominations

6th December 2012

Frank Ocean has been nominated for a staggering six Grammy Awards 2013.These...

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