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As Chris cannily noted in his last The Week In Pop, “the TV-shows-about-the-music-industry industry is booming,” even as the music industry itself melts deeper into Pompeii-level hot messiness. It is ironic: 10 million people every week are watching a TV show about a record company, but nobody is buying records. So yeah, the machine appear… More »

A few years back, a critical mass of musicians started making R&B steeped in the sort of art-damaged signifiers indie rock has traditionally claimed as its own. This wasn’t the first time rhythm & blues had pushed boundaries; legendary figures from Curtis Mayfield to Prince to Missy Elliott managed to get some of the most… More »

As time-tested album cycles are discarded and abandoned, so too is an artist’s traditional publicity window. In 2013, the best way to stay in the public eye was not to do interviews, but to bicker, troll, and brawl — on Twitter, on TV, or in person. Yes, beef was what’s for dinner in 2013, and… More »

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It Looks Like Frank Ocean’s Album Is Imminent

Earlier this morning we reported on Frank Ocean’s brother trolling fans with a fake link for Ocean’s new album, which is most likely called Boys Don’t Cry. Now it looks like the record, which was originally tipped for July release, might really be imminent, and yes, Boys Don’t Cry appears to be the title. A… More »

By: Chris DeVille / August 3, 2015 - 11:32 am

Frank Ocean’s Brother Rickrolls Fans Waiting For Boys Don’t Cry

The world has been waiting a long time for Frank Ocean to follow up his watershed 2012 album Channel Orange, and it’s getting to the point where would-be rivals like Miguel are comfortable talking reckless about the man. Back in April, Ocean put up an Instagram post implying that a new album, possibly titled BoysMore »

By: Tom Breihan / August 3, 2015 - 9:19 am

Major Lazer – “Lost” (Feat. MØ) (Frank Ocean Cover)

It’s now been more than three years since Frank Ocean gave us his Channel Orange masterpiece, and everything we know about its eventual follow-up belongs to the realms of rumor and conjecture. So here’s a slight consolation prize: Diplo’s Major Lazer crew and the Danish singer MØ, the team behind the great and enormous summer… More »

By: Tom Breihan / July 21, 2015 - 8:49 am

Miguel Talks Frank Ocean Rivalry: “I Make Better Music”

Do you really want to go down this road, Miguel? As NME points out, a reporter from The Sunday Times asked the Wildheart singer about his relationship with fellow R&B innovator Frank Ocean, a relationship Miguel described as “cordial” at best. Then Miguel lit the fuse: “I wouldn’t say we were friends. To be completely… More »

By: Chris DeVille / July 6, 2015 - 11:03 am

Watch Nao Cover Frank Ocean’s “Thinkin Bout You”

The London-based singer-songwriter Nao released her February 15 EP back in May, and for someone who didn’t have a huge online footprint up until that point, she’s certifiably well on her way to stardom now, her latest step toward fame being a piano session for BBC Radio 1. Nao covered Frank Ocean’s Channel Orange standout… More »

By: Gabriela Tully Claymore / June 10, 2015 - 3:23 pm

Frank Ocean Has Legally Changed His Birth Name

TMZ reports that Frank Ocean has legally ditched his birth name, Christopher Edwin Breaux, in favor of his artistic persona. Ocean’s request for a legal name change was approved today in Los Angeles after he filed formal legal documents a year ago. The process was held up due to some driver’s license issues. R.I.P. Chri… More »

By: Gabriela Tully Claymore / April 23, 2015 - 2:59 pm

Frank Ocean’s New Album Will Be Out In July

Frank Ocean updated his website earlier today with a picture of him with two versions of what a magazine called Boys Don’t Cry. (Some are speculating that it’s the title of his new album, but we’ll see.) The photo is captioned with “I got two versions. I got twoooo versions,” plus the hashtags “#ISSUE1 #ALBUM3… More »

By: James Rettig / April 6, 2015 - 8:57 pm

Brian Wilson Reveals Why Frank Ocean & Lana Del Rey Are Not On His New Album

Last year, it was rumored that Brian Wilson would be collaborating with Frank Ocean and Lana Del Rey on some new tracks for his brand new album, which is due out in April. But when the tracklist surfaced in January, they were nowhere to be found. A rep told Pitchfork at the time that both… More »

By: James Rettig / March 26, 2015 - 11:36 am

Frank Ocean And André 3000 Will Appear On Chance The Rapper’s Debut Album

Since the release of his breakout 2013 mixtape Acid Rap, Chance The Rapper has become something of a low-key star, and he’s also become a conundrum, an artist who doesn’t seem especially interested in pushing his career to new heights. Since Acid Rap, he’s busied himself throwing shards of new songs onto the internet without… More »

By: Tom Breihan / January 30, 2015 - 9:05 am

Brian Wilson’s No Pier Pressure Features She & Him And Kacey Musgraves, Not Frank Ocean And Lana Del Rey

Following the success of 2011’s The SMiLE Sessions, Beach Boys frontman Brian Wilson is releasing a brand new album in April. The artwork above is for No Pier Pressure, which is Wilson’s 11th solo album and features a huge cast of collaborators, including both members of She & Him (M. Ward and Zooey Deschanel), country… More »

By: Caitlin White / January 29, 2015 - 11:58 am

Frank Ocean – “At Your Best (You Are Love)” (The Isley Brothers Cover)

Frank Ocean has given us precious little new music in the last couple of years, but he came through in the middle of the night tonight to give us something beautiful. On his Tumblr, Ocean has posted a spare, lovely cover of soul legends the Isley Brothers’ lighter-than-air 1976 ballad “At Your Best (You AreMore »

By: Tom Breihan / January 17, 2015 - 2:50 am

Frank Ocean Is In The Studio With Lil B

Lil B and Frank Ocean are both musical cult heroes with vaguely cloudy aesthetics and attitudes that sure appear to be warmly positive, but beyond that, they have basically nothing in common. The Based God cranks out so many mixtapes that it’s practically impossible to stay on top of them, and Ocean has barely shared… More »

By: Tom Breihan / December 29, 2014 - 12:29 pm

Frank Ocean Teases New Song “Memrise”

Frank Ocean teased a new song on his Tumblr last night called “Memrise” and shared the lyrics to the snippet that he provided. Details about the followup to the Grammy Award-winning Channel Orange have been scarce, but we know he’s working with Hit-Boy and Rodney Jenkins and he hinted in another Tumblr post back i… More »

By: James Rettig / November 28, 2014 - 11:06 am

Frank Ocean’s Father Sues Russell Simmons

Frank Ocean’s father has been absent most of his life, and Ocean has been open about what kind of effect it had on him. Back in December 2012, the singer tweeted that his father wanted to sue him for a million dollars: “Like I owe him back child support. Weak individual bought me a swi… More »

By: James Rettig / September 14, 2014 - 11:52 am

Frank Ocean, J. Cole Share Thoughts On Michael Brown Tragedy

On Sunday afternoon, a police officer in Ferguson, Missouri shot the unarmed 18-year-old black man Michael Brown, and witnesses say that Brown had his hands up, attempting to surrender. Since then, protesters and police have clashed in Ferguson, with a militarized local police force bringing tanks and sniper rifles to demonstrations and firing smoke bom… More »

By: Tom Breihan / August 15, 2014 - 11:04 am

New Brian Wilson Album May Feature Lana Del Rey, Frank Ocean, Zooey Deschanel

In the 10 years since Brian Wilson finally released Smile, the Beach Boys maestro has mostly stuck to passion projects like What I Really Want For Christmas, Brian Wilson Reimagines Gershwin, and In The Key Of Disney. The only thing that could pass for a traditional Wilson album was 2008’s California song cycle with Va… More »

By: Chris DeVille / June 11, 2014 - 9:37 am

Don Henley’s Still Pissed At Frank Ocean, And Okkervil River, Too

Two years ago Don Henley threatened to sue Frank Ocean for performing “American Wedding,” the altered version of “Hotel California” that Ocean included on his star-making Nostalgia, Ultra mixtape. Sounds like Henley is still angry at Ocean. Henley had this to say to The Daily Telegraph:… More »

By: Chris DeVille / June 4, 2014 - 12:22 pm

Frank Ocean’s New Album Is Almost Finished

Frank Ocean has something of a history of making announcements via Tumblr, and today, he appears to have used his Tumblr to announce that his new album is nearing completion. Wrote Frank:… More »

By: Michael Nelson / April 9, 2014 - 5:52 pm
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