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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… More »

By: James Rettig / March 26, 2015

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… More »

By: Tom Breihan / January 30, 2015

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… More »

By: Caitlin White / January 29, 2015

The 5 Best Songs Of The Week

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… More »

By: Stereogum / January 23, 2015

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 (YouMore »

By: Tom Breihan / January 17, 2015

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

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… More »

By: James Rettig / November 28, 2014

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… More »

By: James Rettig / September 14, 2014

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

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

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

Indie Rock’s R&B Movement Reaches Its Saturation Point

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 »

By: Chris DeVille / April 30, 2014

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

Frank Ocean, Mick Jones, Paul Simonon, & Diplo – “Hero”

The biggest Frank Ocean story Friday, before news broke that Chipotle is suing him, was the impending arrival of a new Converse-sponsored collaboration with Diplo and Clash members Mick Jones and Paul Simonon. That song is here now. It's called "Hero," and it presents a classic Ocean vocal against a retro-futurist sound that… More »

By: Chris DeVille / March 10, 2014

Chipotle Sues Frank Ocean

UPDATE: Frank Ocean has responded to the controversy with a Tumblr post that simply links to wikipedia.org/wiki/Defamation. UPDATE 2: Ocean has shared an image of a check he's made out for $212,500.00. Memo: FUCK OFF. UPDATE 3: Ocean apparently hasn't actually paid Chipotle yet. A spokesman for the burrito joint tellsMore »

By: Scott Lapatine / March 7, 2014

Frank Ocean, Mick Jones, Paul Simonon, & Diplo Write A Song For Converse

Converse do a good job of integrating their brand among music types. If you're at SXSW next week, for instance, you will see no shortage of One-Star logos plastered across Austin. (You probably have a reasonable chance of going home with a free pair of Chucks or two, honestly.) Anyway, the sneaker company will head… More »

By: Michael Nelson / March 7, 2014

The 10 Biggest Music Beefs Of 2013

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 i… More »

By: Michael Nelson / December 27, 2013

The 100 Most Anticipated Albums Of 2014

We're almost (almost!) done reflecting on the year that was, so it's time to start taking a closer look at the year that will be. For the past several years, we've ranked our most anticipated albums. Today the feature returns, bigger than ever, with a whopping 100 records we're looking forward to hearing, enjoying,… More »

By: Chris DeVille / December 23, 2013

Beyoncé Just Released A Surprise Album

Bey just surprised everyone by releasing her self-titled fifth solo album exclusively on iTunes. The BEYONCÉ "visual album" includes 14 songs -- featuring musical collaborations with Jay Z, Drake, Frank Ocean, Pharrell Williams, Timbaland, Michelle Williams, Kelly Rowland, Justin Timberlake, Blue Ivy, The-Dream, Sia, Miguel, Hit-Boy, Caroline Polachek, Noah "40" Shebib, and others -- and… More »

By: Scott Lapatine / December 13, 2013

Shearwater – “Novacane” (Frank Ocean Cover)

Last month, I gave Album Of The Week to Shearwater's Fellow Travelers, on which the Texan band played sweeping, filigreed covers of songs from bands they know, or bands they'd shared stages with. They've also dropped another cover of late, of Frank Ocean's career-making "Novacane," but apparently they don't actually know Ocean, since… More »

By: Tom Breihan / December 12, 2013
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