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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 - 12:31 am

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 it didn't… More »

By: Tom Breihan / December 12, 2013 - 2:20 pm

Earl Sweatshirt – “Sunday” (Feat. Frank Ocean)

Doris, the rabidly anticipated new album from the fresh-out-of-boarding-school Odd Future rapper Earl Sweatshirt, finally arrives next week, and it's already yielded a ton of great songs: "Chum," "Whoa," "Guild," "Hive," "Burgundy." The latest leak from the album is "Sunday," which also features fellow Odd Future genius Frank Ocean, uniting the two for the first… More »

By: Tom Breihan / August 14, 2013 - 8:59 am

John Mayer – “Wildfire” (Feat. Frank Ocean)

Frank Ocean and John Mayer are friends. OK? We're just going to have to deal with it. In the "Pyramids" video, Ocean gave Mayer the best guitar-solo video moment since Slash walked out of the church in "November Rain," and there's no way Ocean would do that if he didn't actually like the guy. And… More »

By: Tom Breihan / August 13, 2013 - 10:46 am

Watch Clap Your Hands Say Yeah Cover Frank Ocean In Philly

This past Thursday, Clap Your Hands Say Yeah hit the Theatre of Living Arts in Philadelphia in support of their recent Little Moments EP. During the set, lead singer Alec Ounsworth took to his keyboard to do an emotive cover of Frank Ocean's "Lost." It's a bold move to cover Ocean, whose songs are a… More »

By: Elliah Heifetz / August 7, 2013 - 12:29 pm

Frank Ocean Disses Chris Brown On “Versace” Remix

When counting down the least boring moments of this year's Grammys, Tom noted Chris Brown's "theatrical sulking" -- mainly that he stayed seated when Frank Ocean took the stage to receive the award for Urban Contemporary Album, for which Brown was also nominated. Today, Ocean rehashed that diss, adding more heft to the beef betwee… More »

By: Claire Lobenfeld / July 25, 2013 - 3:00 pm

Watch Frank Ocean Debut “Pray” In London

Following up on those untitled new songs he debuted for a Munich crowd the other week, what's-a-king-to-a-god Frank unveiled another new one, the spiritually intoned "Pray," last night in London. "And I pray!" coming over a solitary strummed guitar, and a slow build of some soulful horn, keys, arrangement atmospherics. Spoken word, too. It's difficult… More »

By: Amrit Singh / July 10, 2013 - 12:55 pm

Watch Frank Ocean Debut New Songs In Munich

Thus far, we've heard pretty much no information on a possible follow-up to last year's instant-classic Frank Ocean album Channel Orange. Ocean has made noises about moving to China or leaving the map entirely, and it's not impossible to imagine this guy opting for a multiple-decade MBV-style disappearance. But here's some encouraging news: At a… More »

By: Tom Breihan / June 26, 2013 - 9:20 am

Yeezus Credits Revealed

When Kanye West's ferocious new album Yeezus leaked to the internet, it wasn't clear which of Kanye's army of collaborators helped out on which songs, or who many of those collaborators even were. We'd read stories of Paris apartment recording sessions with Daft Punk, or of Rick Rubin helping Kanye strip his tracks down to… More »

By: Tom Breihan / June 19, 2013 - 11:19 am

Watch Grimes, Frank Ocean, Tanlines At The 2013 Webby Awards

The 17th Annual Webby Awards went down last night at Wall Street's cavernous Cipriani's. Hosted by Patton Oswalt, the ceremony featured a performance by Tanlines, who played their song "All Of Me," as well as the presentation of awards to the previously-announced winners, including Frank Ocean and Grimes. Ocean was unable to attend, so he… More »

By: Claire Lobenfeld / May 22, 2013 - 11:42 am

Grimes, Frank Ocean Win Webbys

Frank Ocean and Grimes are both recipients of 2013 Webby Awards. For his use of Tumblr to release music, his candor, and the movements he's made in changing a landscape, Ocean has received a 2013 Webby for Person Of The Year:… More »

By: Claire Lobenfeld / April 30, 2013 - 12:28 pm

Frank Ocean – “Lost” Video

On his Tumblr, Frank Ocean recently posted a video for "Lost," one of the most immediate and accessible songs from his 2012 masterwork Channel Orange. The clip is a split-screen travelogue that follows Ocean through places like Dubai, Paris, and Tokyo, and it works as a cool, calm, and collected victory lap after an amazing… More »

By: Tom Breihan / April 12, 2013 - 2:15 pm

Frank Ocean – “Eyes Like Sky”

A previously unreleased Frank Ocean song has been circulating on social media and music blogs this morning. Last week, Ocean spoke with BBC Radio 1 about his forthcoming album, for which he has "10-11 songs" completed. "It’s another cohesive thing," he told BBC. "Bordering on a concept record." But this new song, "Eyes Like Sky",… More »

By: Liz Pelly / February 24, 2013 - 11:11 am

Watch The xx Cover Beyoncé’s “I Miss You”

Beyoncé's "I Miss You" is one of those records that just absolutely tears at the fabric of heartache and vulnerability. It's produced so well -- starts calm and glowing and ascends into the closest thing to a well-manicured banshee cry, the layers of vocals each expressing a different tenor of pain. When Frank Ocean revealed… More »

By: Claire Lobenfeld / February 14, 2013 - 4:58 pm

The 10 Least Boring Moments From The 2013 Grammys

About two thirds of the way through last night's endless Grammy ceremony, Justin Timberlake ambled onstage for the second time, this time to flank Recording Academy CEO and inveterate pirate-scolder Neil Portnoy. Timberlake asked a question: "Best Grammys ever?" Then he answered himself: "Best Grammys ever." Well, no, Justin. The idea of a "best" Grammys,… More »

By: Tom Breihan / February 11, 2013 - 2:38 pm

Watch Frank Ocean, Jack White, Miguel Perform At The Grammys

The Grammys! We spent altogether too much of last night watching and talking about them, and now it's time to pick through the refuse for the gems. Not too surprisingly, two of the best performances came from the recent wave of personal, psychedelic R&B singer-songwriters. Frank Ocean may have lost in every single major category,… More »

By: Tom Breihan / February 11, 2013 - 9:20 am

Grammys 2013 Comment Party

Has it really only been a year since Adele swept the 2012 Grammys? Well, she didn't win Best New Artist, of course, because she wasn't eligible for that one. That particular trophy was awarded to "new artist" Justin Vernon, aka Bon Iver, whose debut album, For Emma Forever Ago, came out the same year a… More »

By: Michael Nelson / February 10, 2013 - 7:56 pm

Frank Ocean Brawls With Chris Brown At LA Studio

Chris Brown and Frank Ocean got into it on Sunday night at Westlake Studio in Los Angeles, allegedly over a parking space. I'm going to go ahead and assume that this has been brewing for a little while, since the two have already been at odds before. Last June, Brown tweeted that he was into… More »

By: Claire Lobenfeld / January 28, 2013 - 11:41 am

New Orleans Jazz Fest 2013 Lineup Feat. Phoenix, Frank Ocean

Just yesterday we got the news that French pop gods Phoenix had set a date for their return, and today, we get their first announced US date: at New Orleans Jazz And Heritage Festival. More »

By: Michael Nelson / January 17, 2013 - 11:18 am

Pazz & Jop 2012 Winners

Every year, the Village Voice polls a shit-ton of music critics, ex-critics, part-timers, and bloggers for its annual Pazz & Jop music critics' poll, soliciting top-10 lists of albums and singles. The poll isn't as big a deal as it once was, since every publication has already run a list and since the Voice ha… More »

By: Tom Breihan / January 16, 2013 - 11:31 am