Frank Ocean has been disappointing his fans lately. First, his highly anticipated album that was supposed to drop last month never saw the light of day. Now, he bailed on his performance at the FYF Fest. Fans were pretty upset but were compensated with a performance from Kanye West instead.
Kanye brought out the pop phenomenon and fashion icon Rihanna to help him sing “All of the Lights” and “Four Five Seconds”. Travi$ Scott also made a surprise appearance and performed “Antidote” and “Upper Echelon”.
In a interview with British newspaper Sunday Times, the Miguel says he’s just better then his peer, Frank Ocean. “I wouldn’t say we were friends. To be completely honest — and no disrespect to anyone — I genuinely believe that I make better music, all the way around.” Though the beginnings of their “rivalry” are murky, one could point to the the 2013 Grammy Awards, in which Ocean beat out Miguel and Chris Brown for Best Urban Contemporary R&B Album, as its va
Miguel was also asked about the comparison between his music and that of The Weeknd, who has gained significant mainstream traction this year, with his last 3 singles landing in the Billboard 100 Top 15. Still, Miguel suggests he will last longer in the industry. “It’s interesting,” he starts, “but we’ll see who’s in it for the long haul. It’s like a marathon, you know?”
If the early rumors were true, Frank Ocean is gearing up to release his sophomore album this summer, and The Weeknd is gearing up to drop his sophomore, yet-to-be-titled LP, which reportedly features Kanye West. Perfect timing.
Frank Ocean‘s transformation from awkward, stand-offish Odd Future crooner to the next great mysterious R&B singer/songwriter of this generation is officially complete. Born Christopher Edwin Breaux, the 27-year old New Orleans native has officially changed his government name to Frank Ocean.
According to TMZ, the “Pyramids” singer filed for the name change back in March, but due to outstanding legal issues, he couldn’t finalize the switch, but he’s officially ditched CEB, and can be acknowledged as Frank Ocean both on and off the stage.
Ocean is expected to release his sophomore album–the first Frank Ocean release since his Grammy Award-winning debut album channel ORANGE in 2012–sometime this summer.
Since his breakout, Grammy Award-winning debut album, channel ORANGE, in 2012, fans have been calling for the sophomore effort from Odd Future‘s immensely talented singer and songwriter Frank Ocean. Well, it appears we’ll finally get it, over three years later. The album, which is currently untitled, will be out in July 2015 in addition to his new publication titled Boys Don’t Cry.
Though channel ORANGE is regarded as Ocean’s proper debut album, in a post to his website-where he’s made the informal announcement–Ocean referred to his album as “#ALBUM3” in reference to his critically acclaimed pre-album mixtape, nostalgia/ultra, which housed his first hit “Novacane.”
Ocean teased that there will be two versions–or parts, maybe?–to his album in the site post, which you can check out here. 2015 just got that much better.
Welcome to 2015. Another year and go-around without a Frank Ocean album. The Louisiana-bred crooner and Def Jam artist, though quiet, has released bits of his talent via his Tumblr page, leaving fans with nothing else but a few good songs to piece together what is going on in the mind of Ocean; however, it’s not enough, and you know this. Here are five songs that made us love Frank Ocean–and hate him, for making us wait.
We’re a little bit confused. Then again, we aren’t
Frank Ocean has, for all intents and purposes, gone missing since the release of his Grammy Award-winning debut album channel ORANGE was released in 2012. He hasn’t released a new album, EP, mixtape, or random OVO-esque collection of songs to Soundcloud in over 2 years, and needless to say, fans are getting antsy. There have been reports that his sophomore album is nearly done, there was even that picture of him in the studio taken by the all-encompassing NABIL many months ago that floated around the internet, but we’ve got nothing to press play on to show for it.
Well, yet another picture of Frank in the studio has surfaced, this time by a pretty unexpected source. Lil B posted this picture to his Tumblr, indicating that he and Frank were cooking up some new sounds.
While some may think that Frank need not dabble in the perceived depths of insanity that bring about Lil B music, let us not forget the crew with which Frank Ocean launched his career: Odd Future. If this photo actually yields new music in the coming months, we’re in for a very odd future indeed.
How can one deny the satisfaction of even hearing just a whisper of words that Frank Ocean may be on the way with a channelORANGE follow-up? This will mean a possible performance at Coachella next year, or at least we hope so. But in the meantime we’ve got word that besides dying his hair Cotton Candy blue, he’s been collaborating with Diplo and even the Beach Boys’ Brian Wilson. In addition to that, Billboard is reporting that he is calling on Hit-Boy and Michael Jackson/Brandy collaborator RodneyJerkins as well. Furthermore, with new management team, Three Six Zero, known for working with the likes of Calvin Harris and more, we’re anxious to see what’s to come.
Tatiana’s on Twitter (@TatianaTot) and she’s still mad she missed Frank Ocean at Bonnaroo because she fell asleep in the tent.
In 2011, Jay Z, Kanye West and Frank Ocean came together to craft two of the more popular records on Hov/Ye’s collaborative Watch The Throne album in 2011. Now, three years later, an independent Brooklyn musician, Joel McDonald, is suing the three Grammy Award winners for allegedly stealing his song–also titled “Made In America”–which he published on iTunes in 2009.
Despite, “Made In America” was never released as an official single, the song, thanks in large part to Frank Ocean’s rapidly rising star power at the time, was one of the more well-received records on WTT. Not only that, but when Jay Z teamed up with Budweiser, he chose to name their annual bi-coastal music festival “Made In America”.
McDonald is suing the threesome for $3 million in the name of copyright infringement. We’ve included both songs below, so you be the judge. Are The Throne thieves or is Mr. McDonald trolling for a paycheck?