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Frank Ocean is returning with a new album.
Frank Ocean has announced he is to release a new album as well as launching a magazine in July. The R&B giant has been quiet since Channel Orange in 2012 though he took to Tumblr on Monday to make a special announcement.
Frank Ocean is returning with a new album and, err, a new magazine
Along with an image of himself looking down at a stack of magazines called Boys Don't Cry, Ocean wrote: "I got two versions. I got twoooo versions," adding, "#ISSUE1 #ALBUM3 #JULY2015 #BOYSDONTCRY."
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No, you're not dreaming. Frank Ocean actually has a new track out.
Remember when Frank Ocean was a thing? Well, it’s been a hot minute since the soulful singer/songwriter released a new track, but today was the day. Ocean has been artistically reclusive for two years or so, working on new material, This weekend, he released Memrise, his first solo effort in a few years.
Frank Ocean owns your soul from now until the album drops.
It’s pretty lo-fi stuff, but there’s a lot of production going on. The instrumental is pretty big for a Frank Ocean track and it’s clear he’s been experimenting with a new sound. Intentionally or not, the song has a vinyl kind of sound and a it sounds very ambient – the kind of thing you’d use as background music for a very arty short film. Probably one set in Atlanta.
Without any promotion or warning, the 27-year-old singer dropped his new track on Friday (Nov 28th).
It has been over two years since American singer Frank Ocean burst onto the music scene when releasing his debut album 'Channel Orange,' and on Friday (Nov 28th) he finally gave fans something new to listen to as he unveiled a new song called 'Memrise.'
Frank Ocean released 'Memrise' on Friday (Nov 28th)
Unlike many of his fellow recording artists, the Grammy Award-winner chose not to put together a huge PR campaign for his new track, but simply uploaded the two-minute-long number to his Tumblr without any buzz.
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The Red Bull Music Academy Festival has featured events across the city, including performances from David Byrne and lectures with D'Angelo, but it all culminates on Saturday 31st May, with the official closing party.
Firstly, we recognise that reporting on a mixture of New York parties, eclectic performances and signature lectures from prominent music movers and shakers could seem, well, immaterial. Let's face it, Gotham is one long eclectic party - but the Red Bull Music Academy Festival is different. The Academy itself, which took place in New York in 2013 and will visit Tokyo this fall, is a travelling series of music performances, club nights, lectures, workshops, art installations and more founded in 1998 - it doesn't look to create "stars" (despite notable participants including Aloe Blacc, Flying Lotus, Hudson Mohawke and Juan Son), instead it looks to bring together music makers from around the globe. Think of it as a mobile behemoth of culture, skills and sound.
The newly created 'RBMA Festival ' - now taking place annually in New York City - is a legacy to the critically acclaimed Red Bull Music Academy that took place in New York in 2013. It is a month-long blowout that brings together a diverse group of the world's most creative young musicians. Since May 1st, this year's programme has blanketed the boroughs with a selection of richly curated events - and you're invited to the ultimate wrap party. But more on that soon.
How very pleasant: Frank Ocean shows his true colours in Chipotle lawsuit.
Frank Ocean has sent off a cheque ending a legal spat with burrito giant Chipotle after a dispute over the soundtrack song for the company's Scarecrow advert last year. The R&B singer eschewed discreteness over sharing the cheque with his fans via Tumblr. The cheque was made out to an unknown company for $212,500 but had "F**k Off" scrawled in the 'memo' section.
Frank Ocean Was Most Displeased To Have Been Made To Give Chipotle Their Money Back.
The pop star also posted a link to the Wikipedia article for 'Defamation' alongside the cheque image. The money, which is assumed to have been made out to Chipotle, was refunding the advance the company paid for Ocean to sing a cover of 'Pure Imagination' for their emotive 2013 commercial.
Beyonce's surprise self-titled album stunned everyone, to the point that there isn't a negative review in sight.
Since she dropped the bomb on Thursday, Beyonce has occupied thousands of terabytes of data transfer with her new album. People are naturally baffled. Yes, we all know Beyonce is pretty much amazing, but even for her, it was an astounding feat. The woman, who opened 2013 by performing at the Inauguration, then went on to do the Super Bowl halftime show to end all halftime shows, went on a 123-show tour, took care of her little girl and still managed to record a 14-track album, film a video for each track and somehow keep the production team behind the entire escapade from breathing a word to anyone.
Can we get a round of applause?
Color us impressed. Since this is Queen Bey, however, people have gotten their heads around the idea by now and music critics are just starting to recover from the shock and express some opinions on the album. Yes, the album is amazing… but is it any good?
We've been speculating whether or not Beyonce would be releasing a new album any time soon. Time to end that speculation
As the minutes were about to take us into Friday, 13 December, music fans across the globe were treated to an unexpected yet highly anticipated surprise. Just before midnight (EST) Beyonce released her all-new, fifth studio album on to iTunes, completely without warning.
Ready or not, Queen Bey is back!
The self-titled release, her first since 2011's 4, became available to download on Thursday night without any prior marketing or anouncements from the star of her PR. The release is more that your traditional album though, as Bey has designated it as a "visual album," with each track coming with it's own video.
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John Mayer's sixth studio album, Paradise Valley, was released yesterday (20th Aug). What's the verdict?
John Mayer's new album, Paradise Valley, dropped yesterday (20th Aug) The new record, the follow-up to 2012's Born and Raised, features collaborations with R&B singer Frank Ocean and Mayer's on/off girlfriend, Katy Perry.
The 35-year-old is currently in the midst of his first tour in three years after having to have a granuloma (inflammatory condition) removed from his vocal cords that delayed his fifth album. Writing on his Tumblr at the time, Mayer told his fans: "Though there will be a day when all of this will be behind me, it will sideline me for a longer period of time than I care to have you count down."
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The relative of the Odd Future singer claims that Brown's bodyguard beat him up during a brawl between the two stars earlier this year.
Looks like another legal headache for Chris Brown is on it's way, as the singer is being sued by the cousin of R&B star Frank Ocean, who claims that the 'Don't Wake Me Up' singer's bodyguard beat him to a pulp during a confrontation between the two stars earlier this year. The attack in question happened in January this year, in which the two singers and their entourages came to blows over a parking spot at a LA recording studio, during which Brown allegedly threw homophobic slurs at Ocean and threatened to shoot him (although it is still unclear who started the brawl).
Brown has yet another legal battle to worry about
Frank's cousin Sha'Keir Duarte has now revisited the unpleasant incident saying that he was severely injured during the brawl, claiming that Brown's hired protection, a man who goes by the name of 'Hood,' pulverised him during the attack. Duarte goes on to state that Hood repeatedly punched and kicked him, continuing his brutal attack even when he fell to the ground. In all, Durate reckons he suffered at least twelve kicks to the body and several to the head whilst he was on the floor, having sustained a number of blows prior to collapsing to the floor.
Continue reading: Chris Brown Sued, By Frank Ocean's Cousin, Over January Brawl. Got That?
Serial plonker Chris Brown has reportedly had his probation revoked by a US judge after hitting another car and driving away without exchanging details in May.
Following an alleged hit-and-run accident in California, singer Chris Brown has had his probation revoked - yet he has not been jailed. The incident occurred on the 12th May when Brown shunted the back of a car that had stopped at a red light. The other driver, identified as Olga G, said she called her husband who advised she should exchange contact and insurance details with Brown, although she did not know the other driver to be the famous singer. In her written statement, as reported by BBC Radio 1's Newsbeat, she described Brown as a man who was polite at first but became confrontational when she asked to see his identification. Brown's companion - the only other passenger in his car - is thought to be Karrueche Tran, Chris' current girlfriend.
Chris Brown: His Probation Has Been Revoked After A Hit-And-Run Incident.
Olga G resorted to taking a photo of the pair so that they might later be identified but, in an unnerving turn, the couple "went ballistic," with Brown flying off the handle; swearing and grabbing Olga G's camera against screams from Tran. Olga G described the scene: "I jumped back, the girl screamed 'Don't touch her. Don't touch her. I was so shocked that I was speechless. Just a moment ago he was a nice guy. After screaming some insulting nonsense for a while longer, he slammed a door and drove away fast and noisy."
Continue reading: Chris Brown's Probation Revoked After Hit 'n' Run In California
Egyptian fans won't get to see Frank Ocean perform live, at least not this month
Frank Ocean, who is currently on his UK and European tour, has cancelled plans to visit Egypt later this month. Discouraged by the civil unrest in the country, Ocean posted the following message on his Tumblr page: “I really wanted to go to cairo in between [concerts in] europe and australia.. might let things settle some.
Ocean is replacing his trip to Egypt with one to South Africa
“[I'll] go to south africa instead and place some flowers on a gate for the president [Nelson Mandela]. For being epic and 94. All the travel isn't in support of an album or anything like that really- past or ahead. There's no label or touring firm dollars involved. All pennies from my pocket.”
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The talented singer isn't touring for a new record
Frank Ocean played London last night, and he’ll do the same tonight. The first of the two sold out shows at 02’s Brixton Academy saw two new songs - Feel California' and ' Anything For You' – played to an adoring crowd.
Frank Ocean looking sharp at TIME 100 Gala TIME'S 100 Most Influential People In The World
The tracks were debuted last month in Munich, but according to Ocean, this tour has nothing to do with a new album. "All the travel isn’t in support of an album or anything like that really - past or ahead. There’s no label or touring firm dollars involved,” he wrote on his blog. “All pennies from my pocket. In support of some odd daydream. Ops to photograph crowds and clouds from planes. Contrast all the quiet with some noise. New noise and old noise..sober crowd, faded crowd. All welcome."
Continue reading: Frank Ocean Treats London Crowd To Two New Songs
Live Music Day Festival to feature some hot acts!
Hanson - the 90s pop group who recently released their own brand of beer - are among the acts confirmed the Live Music Day Festival - an online/mobile music festival featuring over 50 musical acts. The event, curated by MTV, CMT and VH1, will take place during the O Music Awards on June 19, 2013.
Elsewhere, Atlas Genius, 2AM Club, Gavin Degraw, Kate Nash and Matt Nathanson will also perform at the event. The OMAs celebrates the best in digital music, featuring categories such as Best Music App and Most Artist Instagram. Yep, you were us correctly, Best Artist Instagram.
This year, Grammy winner Frank Ocean is honored with two nominations for Must Follow Artist on Twitter and the award for Too Much Ass For TV. Fans can vote by heading to OMusicAwards.com or via Facebook or Twitter. Another feature of this year's event is the Make A Band Famous segment, where five up-and-coming groups will perform during the live show and compete and viewer votes. The band with the most votes will win the distinction of MTV's Artists to Watch, VH1's You Oughta Know or CMT's Listen Up prize.
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The seriously good tracklist was released this week, with the album coming out shortly before the film.
Sofia Coppola’s upcoming film The Bling Ring is one of the summers most exciting prospects in cinema, and with it's release date fast approaching movie execs at Paramount have released the playlist for the movie's official soundtrack. Oh yeah, and did we mention that the soundtrack is ridiculously good?
The line-up features a veritable who's who of contemporary modern music, with 2 Chainz, Rick Ross, Sleigh Bells, Phoenix, Frank Ocean, Azealia Bank, M.I.A. and Kanye West, and if that wasn't good enough then there's even some krautrock brought into the mix, including Klaus Schulze and Can. The only problem with this major line-up is now we're not sure what we're looking forward to the most, the movie itself or the soundtrack (who are we kidding, its obviously THAT scene with Emma Watson in the nightclub that everyone is looking forward to the most).
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On top of the glittering line-up on the soundtrack, Coppola has also hooked up with Daniel Lopatin (aka Oneohtrix Point Never) to score the film; so expect an exciting electronic undercurrent to accompany the a-list soundtrack (which also features a track from Lopatin). In case you're wondering how all these great act will fit into a movie about a group of young criminal stealing from the rich and famous of Los Angeles the you need only to check out the song names, all of which are very fitting for the theme of the movie.
Continue reading: 'The Bling Ring' Soundtrack Might Actually Be Better Than The Film
Rn'B star's letter to his fans in 2012 coming out clinches him the prize
Frank Ocean! King of the Nerds! That’s right, the people behind the Webbys – those who decide which people have impressed the internet the most over the past year – have decided that the Odd Future member and breakout solo artist has suitably wowed them and their thick-rimmed frames so as to award him The Webby Person Of The Year.
Billboard report that the R&B singer has been recognized by the Webbys "for proving the power of the Web as a medium for cultural change when he announced his bisexuality to his Tumblr community." Nice work there Frank. Elsewhere Jerry Seinfeld has been awarded in the category of outstanding comedic performance, thanks to his 10-episode Web series Comedian in Cars Getting Coffee which showed the Seinfeld star hanging out with comedian friends.
There’s some other big winners too, HBO Go (four awards, including best media streaming service), Lady Gaga (for best celebrity-fan social presence), Conan O'Brien (for best celebrity-fan website) and The New York Times (best news social presence). Just in case you were worried that all of these awards were being given out to celebrities merely to boost the events profile, there are some true tech geeks being honored too – namely Steve Wilhite, creator of the GIF file. A lord among men if ever there was. President Barack Obama’s presidential campaign will also get a special achievement award for its use of technology.
Continue reading: Frank Ocean Named Webby Awards 'Person Of The Year'
The Webby Awards were held tonight, with the biggest online achievers of the year being honoured
The 17th annual Webbys were held tonight (April 30), celebrating the biggest Internet achievements of the year, with the Netflix series House of Cards getting the biggest pat on the back whilst other winners included Frank Ocean, Justin Bieber and The Onion.
Kevin Spacey and Netflix CEO Ted Sarandos have proved the worth of quality online programming with House of Cards
House of Cards producers Kevin Spacey and Dana Brunetti where honoured with a Webby special achievement award for proving that online dramas can be gripping and reward viewing, whilst Netflix also won an award for best streaming media site. The online-turned-full TV comedy series Burning Love was also honoured with a Special Achievement award, with Jerry Seinfeld being handed the Outstanding Comedic Performance award.
Frank Ocean had added a Webby to his trophy cabinet.
Frank Ocean was among the winners at the 17th Annual Webby Awards, highlighting achievements on the internet. This year's awards were selected by judges in the International Academy of Digital Arts and Sciences, including Huffington Post boss Arianna Huffington and Twitter co-founder Biz Stone.
Ocean won for his bold 'Thank You's' letter on his Tumblr, which announced his past relationship with a man. He wrote, "4 summer ago, I met somebody. I was 19 years old. He was too. We spent that summer, and the summer after, together. Everyday almost. Sleep I would often share with him. By the time I realized I was in love, it was malignant. It was hopeless. There was no escaping." Ocean was roundly applauded for his decision to come out, and has since gone onto enjoy huge success with his album Channel Orange.
Elsewhere, Jerry Seinfeld won for his web-series Comedians In Cars Getting Coffee, which featured guests including Ricky Gervais and Larry David. Actor Kevin Spacey received an award for his role in setting up Netflix's $100 million series House of Cards.
Continue reading: Frank Ocean, Jerry Seinfeld Win At 17th Annual Webby Awards
TIME'S 100 Most Influential People In The World and other famous faces take to the red carpet at New York's Jazz at Lincoln Center.
Frank Ocean at the TIME 100 Gala in New York
It was the annual TIME 100 Gala on Tuesday night (April 23rd 2013) celebrating this year's most influential faces from world leaders to movie stars and the red carpet was full of stars waiting to congratulate the 2013 list.
Grammy winning superstar Christina Aguilera dazzled at Jazz at Lincoln Center, New York looking classy and much trimmer than she has been in recent months and making the TIME'S 100 Most Influential People In The World list in the Artists category. She was joined by 2013 Grammy and BRIT artist Frank Ocean who has dominated the R&B industry with his spectacular debut album 'Channel Orange' and his rather inspiring love life confessions. Talk show hosts Jimmy Fallon (of 'Late Night with Jimmy Fallon') and Jimmy Kimmel (of 'Jimmy Kimmel Live!') were also present, as was 'Breaking Bad' star Bryan Cranston whose crime drama has won him a Primetime Emmy. Lena Dunham landed a place in the Icons category for her comedy show 'Girls' which has won her a Golden Globe. Other honourees included Perry Chen, the founder of Kickstarter - a creative project fund-raising website, who reached the Pioneers list, and fashion designer Michael Kors who hit the list of influential Titans of the world.
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