ARTIST PROFILE

Frank Ocean

Name: Frank Ocean

Birthday: October 28, 1987

Fav Dish: Chicken & Vegetables

Christopher Francis “Frank” Ocean born Christopher Edwin Breaux October 28, 1987, is an American singer, songwriter and rapper from New Orleans, Louisiana.

Ocean embarked on his musical career as a ghostwriter for several prominent artists, including John Legend, Justin Bieber and Brandy.

In 2010, he became a member of alternative hip hop collective Odd Future. Ocean subsequently released his breakout mixtape, Nostalgia, Ultra, to critical acclaim in 2011. It generated his first charting single “Novacane”. In 2012, Ocean finished in second place in BBC’s Sound of 2012 poll.

His debut studio album, Channel Orange, was released in July 2012 to critical acclaim and was promoted with three singles: “Thinkin Bout You”, “Pyramids” and “Sweet Life”. Ocean’s music has been characterized by music writers as idiosyncratic in style

In 2005, Hurricane Katrina hit Ocean’s hometown of New Orleans and his recording facility was destroyed by floodwater and looting. To continue recording music, he moved to Los Angeles and intended to stay for just six weeks but decided to stay longer and develop his music career after establishing contact with people in the music industry. He recorded some demos at a friend’s studio and shopped them around Los Angeles.

After getting a songwriting deal, he started working with other record producers and wrote songs for artists such as Justin Bieber, John Legend, Brandy, and Beyoncé. Ocean later said of his work at the time, “There was a point where I was composing for other people, and it might have been comfy to continue to do that and enjoy that income stream and the anonymity. But that’s not why I moved away from school and away from family.”

He has also worked with artists such as Nas and Pharrell Williams. Ocean joined Los Angeles-based hip hop collective Odd Future, whom he had met in 2009. His friendship with Odd Future member Tyler, The Creator reinvigorated Ocean’s songwriting. In late 2009, he met Tricky Stewart, who helped him sign a contract with Def Jam Recordings as a solo artist.

On February 18, 2011, Ocean released his first mixtape, Nostalgia, Ultra, to critical acclaim. The mixtape focuses on interpersonal relationships, personal reflection and social commentary. NPR’s Andrew Noz said Ocean’s songwriting is “smart and subtle…setting him apart from the pack.” Rolling Stone magazine’s Jonah Weiner wrote that Ocean was a “gifted avant-R&B smoothie”. In April 2011, Ocean stated that his relationship with Def Jam strengthened since the release of the mixtape. The mixtape made Ocean widely known and led to his collaborations with rappers Jay Z and Kanye West.[29] Ocean first appeared in Tyler, The Creator’s music video for the single “She”, from Tyler’s second studio album Goblin (2011).

His first performance was in collaboration with Odd Future at the 2011 Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival, where he later joined them for their first tour across the east coast of the United States. On May 19, 2011 Ocean’s record label Def Jam announced its plans to re-release Nostalgia, Ultra as an EP. The single ‘Novacane’ was released to iTunes in May 2011, and the EP originally was set to be released the next month, but was delayed.

In June 2011, Ocean revealed that he would work on the upcoming Kanye West and Jay-Z collaborative album, Watch the Throne. Ocean co-wrote and featured on two tracks: “No Church in the Wild” and “Made in America”.

On July 28, 2011, a song titled “Thinkin Bout You”, leaked on the internet. It was later revealed the song was a reference track, written by Ocean, for Roc Nation artist Bridget Kelly’s debut studio album.

Kelly renamed the song ‘Thinking About Forever’. In September 2011, a music video directed by High5Collective for Ocean’s version was released, yet the song still appeared on Kelly’s debut EP Every Girl. In August 2011, Frank Ocean made his first appearance on the cover of the publication The FADER, in its 75th issue

Ocean released the cover art for his debut studio album’s lead single, titled “Thinkin Bout You”, revealing the song would be released to digital retailers on April 10, 2012. However, a month earlier, a re-mastered version of the song had already leaked.

About the prospective single he said: “It succinctly defines me as an artist for where I am right now and that was the aim,” he said of the follow-up to his acclaimed Nostalgia, Ultra. “It’s about the stories. If I write 14 stories that I love, then the next step is to get the environment of music around it to best envelop the story and all kinds of sonic goodness

In 2012, Ocean released his debut studio album Channel Orange to universal acclaim from critics, who later named it the best album of the year in the HMV’s Poll of Polls.

In February 2013, Ocean confirmed that he had started work on his second studio album, which he confirmed would be another concept album. He revealed that he was working with Tyler, the Creator, Pharrell Williams, and Danger Mouse on the record.[53] He later stated that he was being influenced by The Beach Boys and The Beatles. He stated he was interested in collaborating with Tame Impala and King Krule and that he would record part of the album in Bora Bora.

On 10 March 2014, the song “Hero” was made available for free download on SoundCloud. The song is a collaboration with Mick Jones, Paul Simonon and Diplo and is a part of Converse’s Three Artists. One Song series.

In April 2014, Ocean stated that his second album was nearly finished. In June, Billboard reported that the singer was working with a string of artists such as Happy Perez (whom he worked with on nostalgia, ULTRA), Charlie Gambetta and Kevin Ristro, while producers Hit-Boy, Rodney Jerkins and Danger Mouse are also said to be on board.

On November 29, 2014, Ocean released a snippet of a new song supposedly from his upcoming follow-up to channel ORANGE called “Memrise” on his official Tumblr page. The Guardian described the song as: “…a song which affirms that despite reportedly changing labels and management, he has maintained both his experimentation and sense of melancholy in the intervening years…”.

On 6 April 2015, Ocean announced that his follow-up to channel ORANGE would be released in July, as well as a publication, although no further details were released. The album was ultimately not released in July, with no explanation given for its delay. The publication is rumoured to be called Boys Don’t Cry, and the album is slated to feature the aforementioned “Memrise”.

In February 2016, Ocean was featured on Kanye West’s album The Life of Pablo on the track “Wolves” along with Vic Mensa and Sia Furler. A month later, the song was re-edited by West, and Ocean’s part was separated and listed on the track list as its own song titled “Frank’s Track.”

In July 2016, he hinted at a possible second album with an image on his website pointing to a July release date. The image shows a library card labeled Boys Don’t Cry with numerous stamps, implying various due dates.

The dates begin with July 2, 2015 and conclude with July 2016. Frank’s brother, Ryan Breaux, further suggested this release with an Instagram caption of the same library card photo reading BOYS DON’T CRY #JULY2016.

By August 1, 2016, at approximately 3 AM, an endless live stream shot in negative lighting sponsored by Apple Music began to surface on boysdontcry.co which appeared to show Frank Ocean woodworking and sporadically playing instrumentals on loop. It is currently unknown if they are tracks from the album. That same day, many news outlets reported that August 5, 2016 could be the release date for Boys Don’t Cry

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