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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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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 hi…
Michael Nelson | April 9, 2014 - 5:52 pm
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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…
Chris DeVille | March 10, 2014 - 9:06 am

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 a…
Scott Lapatine | March 7, 2014 - 10:17 pm
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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…
Michael Nelson | March 7, 2014 - 11:32 am
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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.
Chris DeVille | December 23, 2013 - 11:23 am
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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 collaboratio…
Scott Lapatine | December 13, 2013 - 12:31 am
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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 band…
Tom Breihan | December 12, 2013 - 2:20 pm
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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…
Tom Breihan | August 14, 2013 - 8:59 am
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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…
Tom Breihan | August 13, 2013 - 10:46 am
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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…
Elliah Heifetz | August 7, 2013 - 12:29 pm
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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…
Claire Lobenfeld | July 25, 2013 - 3:00 pm
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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…
Amrit Singh | July 10, 2013 - 12:55 pm
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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 noise…
Tom Breihan | June 26, 2013 - 9:20 am
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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,…
Tom Breihan | June 19, 2013 - 11:19 am
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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,…
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'…
Claire Lobenfeld | April 30, 2013 - 12:28 pm
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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.
Tom Breihan | April 12, 2013 - 2:15 pm
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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…
Liz Pelly | February 24, 2013 - 11:11 am
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