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Solange Knowles is set to perform at this year's Lovebox festival, alongside Frank Ocean, Jamie xx, and Chase & Status.
Solange Knowles is set to perform at this year's Lovebox festival.
The 30-year-old musician has been confirmed as one of the artists who will take to the stage at the music extravaganza, which will take place at London's Victoria Park, on July 14 and 15.
And the brunette beauty - who is the sister of Beyoncé Knowles - will be joined by Jamie xx, Chase and Status, Jess Glynne and Rag n Bone Man at the hotly anticipated event this summer.
Continue reading: Solange Knowles Will Perform At This Year's Lovebox Festival
Responding to what Ken Ehrlich and David Wild had to say about his 2013 Grammys performance, Ocean dismissed them as "old".
Frank Ocean has responded to the Grammy Awards telecast producers who had criticised him for his performance four years ago, calling them “old” and responsible for “faulty TV” in a new Tumblr post.
Writing on Sunday (February 12th), the 29 year old singer went in with both feet on Grammy producer Ken Ehrlich and writer David Wild, saying “We all die one day and you're old so f*** it,” and citing the moment Taylor Swift won the 2016 Grammy for Album of the Year as an example of how The Recording Academy was behind the times.
Frank Ocean hit back at Grammy producers Ken Ehrlich and David Wild
Continue reading: Frank Ocean Hits Back At Grammy Producers In Tumblr Post
Calvin Cooksey, who has been estranged from his son for a very long time, is suing Ocean for claiming he used a homophobic slur in front of him as a child.
Frank Ocean is being sued by his father, Calvin Cooksey, for defamation over a comment the R&B superstar made about him on Tumblr.
Cooksey, who has been estranged from his son for several decades, is reported to be seeking $14.5 million in damages, claiming Ocean falsely accused him in a blog post of having used the word “faggot” in front of him as a young child, according to TMZ.
Frank Ocean said in a Tumblr post that his father had used a homophobic slur in front of him as a child
Continue reading: Frank Ocean Being Sued For $14.5 Million By His Father For Defamation
Ocean has announced what will be his first live performances in nearly four years in the summer of 2017, including London's Lovebox festival.
Following the huge success of his long-awaited new album Blonde earlier in 2016, the enigmatic star Frank Ocean has announced his first live dates in more than three years next summer, including a show at British festival Lovebox.
In what has been described as a “London exclusive” by Lovebox’s organisers, the 29 year old singer will perform his first British gig since 2013 on July 14th in the capital’s Victoria Park, in what will also be Ocean’s first ever British festival appearance.
Furthermore, Lovebox describes the performance as “one of his only two UK festivals this year” – hinting at an appearance elsewhere in the summer.
Continue reading: Frank Ocean Announces First Live Dates In Support Of 'Blonde'
The singer-songwriter has won two Grammys in the past, but will not be nominated for the 2017 awards.
Frank Ocean has explained why he did not submit his latest album Blonde for consideration at the 2017 Grammy Awards.
In a interview with the New York Times, Ocean said he felt the Grammys were not doing a good job at representing black artists, and decided to have his ‘Colin Kaepernick moment’ and not submit the album.
Frank Ocean's Blonde will not win any Grammys next year
Ocean's two albums, ‘Blonde’ and ‘Endless’, both missed the Grammy deadline.
Ocean’s recent albums Blonde and Endless have both been deemed ineligible to be nominated at the awards, because they weren't submitted in time for the September 30 deadline.
But West says the Grammys need to bend the rules for Ocean, like they once did for Lady GaGa in the past.
Continue reading: Kanye West Threatens To Boycott Grammys Over Frank Ocean's Eligibility
Frank Ocean won't win a Grammy in February because he didn't submit his paperwork in time.
Frank Ocean won't win a Grammy in February.
The 28-year-old singer released two records visual album 'Endless' and his second studio LP 'Blonde' in August but he will not be named among the nominees for the prestigious ceremony, which are announced on December 8, 2016, because he didn't submit the paperwork before the cut off-point of September 30, 2016.
A source confirmed to Billboard that neither of his records were submitted for consideration by his management, record labels or other representations.
Continue reading: Frank Ocean Won't Win Grammy
Billy "Spaceman" Patterson says they had 16 hour sessions in the studio during the recording of ‘Blonde’ and ‘Endless’.
Frank Ocean fans could have even more music coming their way, as the R&B star reportedly has hours of unreleased music left over from his Endless and Blonde recording sessions. Speaking to Pitchfork, guitarist Billy "Spaceman" Patterson says was in the studio with Ocean for up to 16 hours at a time during the recording of the albums, and there’s many finished tracks he hasn't heard yet.
Could Frank Ocean soon drop some more new music?
“There’s a lot of stuff that we recorded that I still haven’t heard yet,” he said. “So the whole thing was, ‘What’s going to show up on the record?’ I was talking to Om’Mas and I was saying, ‘Do we know?’ And he said, ‘We’ll know when it comes out.’”
Continue reading: Frank Ocean Has "Hours Of Unreleased Material" According To Guitarist
Four years after 'Channel Orange', the new album becomes Ocean's first to top the Billboard 200, with sales of 276,000.
Frank Ocean’s long-awaited second album Blonde has debuted at the top of the Billboard charts, selling over a quarter of a million copies in its first week.
One of two albums that Ocean dropped last weekend, Blonde is the eventual follow-up to 2012’s Channel Orange and has earned its creator his first chart-topping record. Shifting 276,000 equivalent album units in the week ending August 25th), it represents the third-highest debut week sales figures in 2016, according to Nielsen SoundScan.
Only Drake’s fifth album Views (1.04 million) and Beyonce’s Lemonade (653,000) registered higher sales totals in their first weeks this year.
Continue reading: Frank Ocean's 'Blonde' Debuts At Number 1 In US Albums Chart
Universal Music Group might have a case against Ocean for releasing visual album 'Endless' allegedly to free himself from his contract with Def Jam, before releasing 'Blonde' on his own label.
Following the release of two albums in the space of a few days, Frank Ocean has reportedly left himself open to the possibility of getting sued by his former record label Universal.
Immediately before he dropped his well-received second LP Blonde – his first in four years after 2012’s Channel Orange – the singer released a visual album entitled Endless. While both were made exclusively available by Apple Music, the first was released in conjunction with Def Jam, part of the Universal Music Group (UMG).
Frank Ocean's 'Blonde' was released just days after visual album 'Endless'
Continue reading: Is Universal Considering Suing Frank Ocean Over 'Blonde' Release?
West believes “every station across the globe” should be playing Frank’s new album.
Kanye West has taken to Twitter to plead with radio stations to play tracks from Frank Ocean’s long-awaited second album Blonde. Ocean released Blonde without warning last Saturday and the album has received praise from fans and critics for its complexities and innovative songwriting.
Kanye West wants to hear more Frank Ocean on radio stations' playlists
“If anyone at radio really loves music ... Come together and pick your favorite Frank Ocean song and play it at least 10 times a day,” West tweeted. “Every station across the globe. I Heart. Clear Channel local stations. Satellite. Every station.”
Continue reading: Kanye West Tweets Plea To Radio Stations To Play Frank Ocean's 'Blonde'
Ocean’s eagerly awaited second album is here, but it’s not called ‘Boys Don’t Cry’.
The wait is finally over for Frank Ocean fans as he’s just dropped his second album Blonde. The album was initially thought to be called ‘Boys Don’t Cry’, but that turned out to be the name of an oversized, glossy magazine, released to accompany the album.
Frank Ocean’s second album is finally here
On Thursday Ocean had released visual album Endless exclusively on Apple Music. He followed up the release of Endless on Saturday afternoon by dropping the promo for ‘Nikes’, his first music video in three years.
Continue reading: Frank Ocean Finally Releases Second Album 'Blonde'
Tired of searching to see if ‘Boys Don’t Cry’ is here? Let this app do the work for you.
Frank Ocean fans have been eagerly awaiting his new album Boys Don’t Cry for what feels like a lifetime now and earlier this month a false alarm left them wondering if the record would ever drop. But one fan has found a way to help fans who are sick of refreshing their social media feeds to find out if the album is finally here.
A Frank Ocean fan has created an app to let you know when Boys Don’t Cry is released
Fan Shahzeb Khan has created a special app that will text users as soon as Boys Don’t Cry arrives. The 20 year-old computer science and engineering junior at UC Davis says his (650)82OCEAN, Web-based app "automatically looks at Spotify, iTunes, and Twitter for the latest in Frank Ocean news.”
Continue reading: There's An App That Will Tell You When Frank Ocean's New Album Drops
The album was rumoured to be released on August 5th but no new material came from the rapper yesterday.
Yesterday Frank Ocean fans thought they were finally going to get to hear his long awaited second album Boys Don’t Cry, but August 5th came and went and there’s still no new release from the rapper. Now some are thinking that we may be waiting until November before Ocean finally decides to drop the record.
Yes, Boys Don’t Cry still isn't here
Earlier this week The New York Times reported that the album would be released on Friday through an exclusive deal with Apple Music, according to a person with knowledge of the release plans.
Continue reading: Frank Ocean Still Hasn't Dropped 'Boys Don't Cry' And Fans Aren't Happy
Reports suggest that the long-awaited follow-up to ‘Channel Orange’ is dropping on August 5th.
Frank Ocean’s much-anticipated second album Boys Don’t Cry could finally be released on Friday. The follow-up to 2012’s Channel Orange has been teased for months, but reports now suggest that the wait could finally be over.
Frank Ocean is reportedly set to release Boys Don’t Cry on Friday.
The New York Times reports that the album will drop on Friday through an exclusive deal with Apple Music, according to a person with knowledge of the release plans. The release is also expected to include a major video and a printed publication, also called Boys Don’t Cry, that will be for sale at Apple stores.
Continue reading: Is Frank Ocean Finally Releasing 'Boys Don't Cry' This Friday?
The day after he missed his July 2016 deadline, a perplexing video stream appeared online, fuelling speculation that Ocean's second album 'Boys Don't Cry' might be imminent.
The very long-awaited return of Frank Ocean has taken another tantalising and frustrating turn, with the singer hosting a mysterious live stream on the day after he missed his self-imposed July deadline for the release of his new album Boys Don’t Cry.
Hosted on a specially designed site boysdontcry.co that only seems to work on Safari browsers or on mobiles, a stream appeared at about 8:30am (GMT) on Monday (August 1st) showing an empty warehouse in black and white with desks and equipment lined up against the back wall.
Frank Ocean's 'Boys Don't Cry' album might finally be imminent
Can we finally be expecting new tunes from the rapper soon?
The rumour mill has been put into steady motion by talk of an impending new album from New Orleans rapper Frank Ocean, as reports reveal that he held a very exclusive listening party in New York over the weekend (February 28th 2016). Videos were put online, but officials have been very quick to remove all traces of the leak.
Is Frank Ocean hiding some new music from us?
Reports have come in claiming that Ocean debuted some new music at a secret location, with short snippets of two apparently new songs being shared online. There's no evidence that they are from Ocean, but they allegedly sound very much like him singing. If circumstances surrounding this VIP gathering are true, we could be expecting the long overdue follow-up to his critically acclaimed 2012 album 'Channel Orange' very soon.
Continue reading: Did Frank Ocean Just Hold A Secret Album Party?
From the confirmed to the rumoured and the long-awaited, here's half a dozen of the records we're looking forward to hearing in 2016.
RiRi’s been holding back her eighth album Anti, despite revealing the high concept artwork with a full-on unveiling ceremony at a small gallery in Los Angeles a few months back and having already released a host of hit singles from it. Possibly waiting for the tremors from Adele’s 25 to wear off before dropping it, the Barbadian singer’s new effort has no official release date as yet but will definitely be arriving in 2016.
Rihanna's 'Anti' is certain to drop in 2016
Hip hop artist Frank Ocean was photographed as he stood on the red carpet at the TIME 100 Gala held at Jazz inside the Lincoln Center in New York. The event was part of TIME's annual '100 Most Influential People In The World' issue.
Burrito lawsuits, Chris Brown, Grammy awards, there's been a lot going on for Frank Ocean
Frank Ocean’s career has certainly been on the rise in the past few years since releasing his debut album ‘Channel Orange’ in 2012, to much critical acclaim and recognition. Since then he’s been attempting to break down barriers of homophobia in hip hop as well as having spats with Chris Brown and more recently Chipotle. So what have the past few years been like for the rising hip hop star?
Grammy award winner, Frank Ocean
Frank Ocean was born Christopher Breaux and grew up in New Orleans Louisiana, he started his recording career early before being derailed in 2005 when Hurricane Katrina hit the city and destroyed his studio. In order to continue with his musical ambitions, Frank moved to Los Angeles and began to forge a career in the hip hop scene. Originally he was signed as a songwriter, working with artists such as Beyonce and Justin Bieber. Then in 2009 he joined Tyler the Creator’s hip hop collective Odd Future and was eventually signed as a solo artist to Def Jam recordings.
Continue reading: Chris Brown, Sexuality And Chipotle: The Rise Of Frank Ocean
The Chipotle saga, feat. Frank Ocean.
It’s difficult not to like Frank Ocean. He tells big corporations to “f*ck off” when giving back huge advance cheques; he makes good music and he’s helping to break down the barriers of homophobia in R&B and Rap in his songs by addressing the issue.
Look how much Frank Ocean cares. Look at him.
Let’s start from the beginning. Chipotle – the fast food Mexican chain - wanted Ocean to sing a remake of the Willy Wonka song, Pure Imagination. All was well; the advert would promote responsible framing (as it sort of still does, as you can see below) and Ocean would lend his mellifluous tones to it.
Continue reading: Frank Ocean Gives Profane Cheque To Chipotle. What Did He Expect Though?
Currently enjoying one of the most successful years in his career, Pharrell has said that he is in no rush to finish N.E.R.D. album
Pharrell Williams has appeared on two of the biggest hits of 2013; Daft Punk's 'Get Lucky' and Robin Thicke's 'Blurred Lines,' and is currently enjoying one of the most successful periods of his already illustrious career. Not one to forget his roots, Pharrell is also working on a new N.E.R.D. album, but told the BBC recently that he has no plans on rush finishing it to cash in on his current wave of success.
Pharrell is in no rush to bring out the next N.E.R.D. album
"N.E.R.D. is the special thing. You don't just throw that [new music] out there. You take your time and you get it right," he told BBC Radio 1's Newsbeat. The group, whose hits include 'Rockstar' and 'She Wants To Move,' last released an album in 2010, when they brought out the mixed received Nothing. Since then Pharrell has focused on his solo and production duties for artists such as Daft Punk, Thicke, Kanye West, Frank Ocean and Justin Timberlake. Now the producer extraordinaire is taking his time to make a quality record with bandmates Sheldon Haley and Chad Hugo.
Continue reading: Pharrell Williams "Won't Rush" New N.E.R.D. Album
Frank Ocean's cousin is suing Chris Brown after he was allegedly injured by one of Brown's entourage. The injuries Ocean's cousin, Sha'Keir Duarte, suffered resulted from a fight in January 2013.
Chris Brown at the ESPY All Star Kick-Off party at the Playboy Mansion.
The incident occurred when Brown, Ocean and their respective entourages were fighting, according to TMZ, outside an L.A. recording studio. The fight, according to USA Today, broke out after Brown had parked in Ocean's spot at the L.A. studio.
Vocal problems are preventing Ocean from going ahead with the tour as planned.
Frank Ocean’s Australian tour, which was scheduled to go on through to the end of July, has now been cancelled.
The singer was scheduled to play three more dates, with the main one being his gig at Splendour on the Grass this Sunday. Unfortunately, that show, along with the two remaining Australian gigs – at Sydney’s Hordern Pavilion on Monday and Tuesday – have also been cancelled, due to a tear in the singer’s vocal cord.
The singer apologised to fans for the sub-par performance.
Continue reading: Torn Vocal Cord Forces Frank Ocean To Cancel Australian Tour
Frank Ocean played two new songs at London's O2 Academy in Brixton. His performance has received favourable reviews although many have commented on his lack of "showmanship".
Frank Ocean played two new songs to a sold out gig at London's O2 Academy in Brixton. He performed on Tuesday (July 9th) and opened his set with 'Feel California', a new song which he wanted to test out with the crowd whilst he was on tour. According to NME, the singer asked the crowd to "bear with me" before playing yet another new song, thought to be called 'Anything For You'.
Frank Ocean at the TIME 100 Gala: TIME'S 100 Most Influential People In The World Of Jazz event at the Lincoln Center, New York.
This is not the first time Ocean has performed 'Feel California' and 'Anything For You', he debuted the song in Munich last month. The London crowd received the songs enthusiastically, especially after some well-aimed flattery with the singer saying "I don't say this everywhere but this is one of my favourite cites in the whole world."
Fans get to enjoy the event from their mobiles and laptops
MTV, CMT and VH1 – some of the biggest musical abbreviations in the world there folks – are coming together for their 24-hour Live Music Day Festival, with more than 50 acts included on the line-up, that will be run in conjunction with Viacom’s O Music Awards.
Before you all get packing your tents and wellies though, we’re not sure that this is actually a festival in the physical drink too much dodgy cider and wind up getting your soul healed by some dodgy self-proclaimed druid variety. In keeping with the way things are going in 2013, it appears to be a virtual festival, with music fans able to tune into performances on their mobiles and laptops. Anyway, among these 50 acts announced for this festival include Atlas Genius, 2AM Club, Hanson, Gavin DeGraw, Kate Nash and Matt Nathanson are just a few of the acts; if those names don’t get your anticipation levels pulsing then … well it’s fair enough really.
The O Music Awards celebrate the best in digital music and feature categories like Best Music App, Most Inspiring Fan Outreach and Best Artist Instagram. Among those up for some awards include Frank Ocean, who is honored with two nominations this year - Must Follow Artist on Twitter and Too Much Ass for TV - while Justin Bieber has garnered a nomination for Fan Army FTW. Prestigious.
Continue reading: 50 Acts Announced For Live Music Day Festival
'Eyes Like Sky' is reportedly from the Channel Orange album sessions
We knew that Frank Ocean was planning on getting going on album number two imminently, what we didn’t expect was to hear new material from the Odd Future member and Grammy-winning artist so soon after he’d announced his intentions to follow-up last year’s critically acclaimed Channel Orange.
Continue reading: Unreleased Frank Ocean Track 'Eyes Like Sky' Appears Online - Listen
Last night's Brits were an utter yawn fest, so says us
Awards ceremonies are supposed to make you laugh. They’re supposed to make you cry. They’re supposed to make you angry. They’re supposed to shock the living daylights out of you. They are supposed to provide some serious ‘water cooler’ moments for you to talk about at work the next day. Did The Brits do any of these things? Did they heck. The most animated we got last night was when we managed to muster up the energy to actually yawn.
Channel Orange star Frank Ocean lists surprise potential collaborator
Frank Ocean has lifted the lid on preparations for the follow-up to his hugely acclaimed debut solo album Channel Orange, with the star also hinting at some collaborations that he’ll be getting involved in further down the line.
"I'm like what, 10, 11 songs into this next thing," he said to Zane Lowe on BBC Radio One. "I don't know what to tell you other than that it's another cohesive thing bordering on a concept record again. At the end of Channel Orange, there's 'Golden Girl' and this beach scene, and I want to extend that feeling to the next record altogether to make it that theme. So I'm going to Bora Bora when I get back ... and work for a few weeks."
Moving on to potential collaboration work, Ocean mentioned Danger Mouse, but also somewhat surprisingly Tame Impala. "I'm getting in with Danger Mouse when I get back to the States," he said. "Usually when I meet those guys, we'll sit. If we happen to write something, we do. It's just cool to feel it out first. It has to be right just as far as chemistry goes. But I love Tame Impala. Tyler [The Creator] put me on to Tame Impala." The news is refreshing, especially given various reports last year that suggested he wasn’t even sure when he was planning a follow-up, if at all.
Continue reading: Super Rich Kids: Frank Ocean Album No.2 On The Way, Already
It has been said over and over, but 2013 truly is the year of the comeback. Justin Timberlake has been going all out on his return to music and having unveiled the first track of his new album, The 20/20 Experience, 'Suit and Tie' with Jay Z, his musical resurrection was nothing short of a revelation. Continuing to keep up the momentum JT will be headlining London's Wireless Festival in the Queen's Olympic Park this summer, along with Jay.
As the Guardian reports, the prior venue for the urban festival - Hyde Park - had suffered with noise complaints. At the Queen's Olympic Park (where the Olympics were held), there's few more appropriately grand locales for the festival. If you were excited about the headliners, the rest of the acts will delight you too; Frank Ocean, Kendrick Lamar, Emeli Sandé. Snoop Dogg, John Legend, Calvin Harris, Dj Fresh and Rita Ora, are just the tip of the iceberg.
With such great acts, there's a price to go with it. For two days you'll be paying £110, or £57.50 for just either the Friday or the Saturday. Solo tours for many of the performers could reach £50 easily, so it's excellent value for money. They go on sale on Friday morning so snap them up while you can.
Bieber Rattles The Keys! In perhaps the most bizarre celebrity feud of recent times, Patrick Carney of award-winning group The Black Keys has rubbed Justin Bieber up the wrong way. Asked about the possible reasons for Bieber's Grammys snub, Carney suggested the 18-year-old is rich, so doesn't need prestigious awards. Bieber's response? "The black keys drummer should be slapped around haha."
Frank Ocean and Chris Brown provided an interesting subplot at The Grammys; the latter refusing to stand up and applaud his counterpart when he won Best Urban Contemporary Album, but for us, the real story is Ocean’s lack of awards.
Alright, he did win two – that last one and as part of as part of the Best Rap/Sung Collaboration prize – but leading up to the awards, Ocean was mooted to take more than that. Epic-folk perpetuators Mumford & Sons picked up album of the year for their effort, Babel, which is a decision we can’t quite believe. Channel ORANGE was unanimously praised, and even broke new boundaries, suggesting that someone involved in hip hop, RnB and rap might be gay. Ocean deserved album of the year. Best New Artist is another category we can’t get our head around, and for the reasons listed under best album, we think Ocean deserved this one too. Record of The Year we can just about understand. Thinkin’ Bout You isn’t Ocean’s best track, and 'Somebody That I Used to Know' - Gotye Featuring Kimbra is a deserved winner.
So Mr. Ocean will have to make do with one major award, but given his prodigious talent, we predict that next year he’ll clean up song and album of the year easily. Unfortunately, the best new artist gong has passed him by forever.
Continue reading: Why Did Frank Ocean Not Win More At The Grammys?
Adored by many, Rihanna could do no wrong until she decided to get back together with Chris Brown – the man who was convicted for beating her back in 2009. And Brown further justified his levied disdain by refusing to stand and applaud Frank Ocean, whose official studio debut, channel ORANGE, won best urban contemporary album, beating out Brown’s effort in the category. The pair recently had a ruckus in a parking lot, reportedly over a parking space. Now why would you want to be with this guy, Rihanna? Well, she told Rolling Stone that “Even if it's a mistake, it's my mistake,” late last month. “After being tormented for so many years, being angry and dark, I'd rather just live my truth and take the backlash. I can handle it." The night before The Grammys (2013), Brown crashed his car, escaping with minor injuries. He blamed the paparazzi for chasing him.
Ocean also won best rap/sung collaboration for 'No Church In the Wild' with West, Jay-Z and The-Dream in what was ultimately a disappointing night for the Odd Future star. He was nominated for six categories and was favourite for at least four of them.
Continue reading: Rihanna And Chris Brown Show The World They're Happy At The Grammys
Chris Brown was unlucky at the Grammy awards as he lost out on an Urban Contemporary Album accolade for his last effort 'Fortune' to his rival Frank Ocean with his debut album 'Channel Orange'. As Ocean was announced the victor in that category, Brown seemed to do a double take before hastily applauding, though he can be seen resolutely sitting as Ocean took to the stage to accept his award.
Of course, the pair haven't exactly been getting on like a house on fire recently. In January, there was an altercation between the two of them over a parking space outside a West Hollywood recording studio whereby Brown punched Ocean, with one of his team allegedly threatened to shoot him. Ocean, however, decided against pressing charges.
One of the showstoppers at last night’s Grammy Awards in Los Angeles was superstar producer The-Dream – though not for the reasons that he was maybe hoping for.
The 35 year-old – real name Terius Nash – was among the winners last night as his team-up with Jay Z, Kanye West and Frank Ocean on Hova and Yeezy’s Watch The Throne track ‘No Church In The Wild’ won best rap/sung collaboration. Nash hit the stage with a suit-wearing Jay Z and Frank Ocean to accept the award, but it was his own clothing that drew most attention – most specifically his Boyz n’ The Hood cap. "I would like to thank the swap meet for his hat," Jay Z joked about the cap, that looked inspired by LA’s popular 80’s and 90’s teen hangout and retail area, the Slauson Swap Meet.
Afterwards The-Dream couldn’t get away from questions about the piece of headwear – which he’d worn over a woolly hat which bore the design of the ‘Parental Advisory’ logo that marks every album which contains profanity. Giving into the questions, the producer commented “Everybody’s asking. He likes to make fun of me,” adding that he got the cap at mall retailer Spencer’s. “[It’s] a really bad store for the young people” said, according to The Los Angeles Times. The big winners of the night were Mumford & Sons, who took home album of the years, and The Black Keys, who won four awards on the night.
Though Frank Ocean is going to win every award, it might be worth tuning in to the Grammy Awards this Sunday (February 10, 2013) if only to witness the possibility that Taylor Swift might bump into fellow country star Carrie Underwood. According to an insider, Grammy executives have been ordered to keep Swift, 23, and Underwood, 29, "from crossing paths." Their reason? "They hate each other!"
The feud appears to have begun when Underwood and Brad Paisley mocked Swift's split from Conor Kenned while hosting the Country Music Association Awards in November. "The greatest trade of the year had to be the Kennedy family. They somehow traded Arnold Schwarzenegger for Taylor Swift," Paisley joked about Swift dating the 65-year-old bodybuilder's nephew through marriage. When Underwood whispered in his ear that the young couple had split up, Paisley feigned disbelief "What? Why don't I ever hear about these things?...I'm the last one to know. Are they ever gonna get back together?" Underwood, of course, said, "Never, ever." The whole thing was rather cringe-worthy, but was enough to get Taylor's back up, according to the insider. A source close to the singer - known for writing songs about her failed relationships - told US Weekly magazine, "Taylor feels Carrie is always rude to her, so she steer clear of her."
It's set to be a big night for Swift in particular, who will open the show at Los Angeles' Staples Center on Sunday." What's interesting is we presented this performance to the Grammy committee . . . and they said, 'Okay, cool, you have a performance spot.' And then like a week ago they call us and are like, 'Oh, by the way, you're opening the show," Swift told Ryan Seacrest Thursday. Despite her prominent live slot, it's unlikely that Swift will walk away with anything too prestigious at the biggest night in music, with Frank Ocean, Fun, Mumford & Sons and Goyte likely to lead the charge for the major prizes.
Continue reading: Grammys Preview: Taylor Swift Plans To Avoid Carrie Underwood, Why?
Irreplaceable: Beyonce showed over 100 million television viewers why she's the biggest R&B star on the planet at the Super Bowl on Sunday. Her rip-roaring LIVE set was very much the talking point after the game (won by the Baltimore Ravens, by the way).
Yoda The Movie? Hot on the heels of news that J.J. Abrams will helm Star Wars Episode 7, Disney has announced its intention to make several Star Wars spin-off movies over the coming years. Speculation that Jabba The Hut, Darth Vader and - lord forbid - Jar Jar Binks could helm the films is rife, though good old Yoda is the big favourite for the first movie.
Chris Brown’s recent bust-up with Frank Ocean seems to have worked in Tony Parker’s favour. The NBA star was injured in a New York nightclub last year when a fight broke out between Chris Brown and Drake and their respective entourages. Parker ended up with a shard of glass piercing his cornea and he’s suing W.i.P nightclub for $20 million damages. Hearing about Chris Brown’s recent spat (apparently over a parking spot) has strengthened Parker’s case, TMZ reports, as he claims it’s further proof that the R&B star can’t be trusted to socialise in places that he’s liable to fly off the handle.
According to the TMZ report, Parker has filed new legal documents claiming that the nightclub should not have let Chris Brown into the club whilst Drake’s posse were there. Parker reckons that Brown’s latest outburst just goes to show that he’s a liability and that the security should have been tighter at the club. Both Chris Brown and Drake have been romantically linked to Rihanna and it’s no secret that there’s bad blood between the two musicians. Parker reckons the fight should have been avoided by preventing Chris from entering the club in the first place.
Chris Brown has a history of violent outbursts to his name. Most notably, he assaulted his girlfriend Rihanna in 2009, on the eve of the Grammy Awards. They separated but have recently reconciled their relationship. Though it appears Brown isn’t doing a very good job of turning over any new leaves, with the bust ups between Drake and Frank Ocean still hanging over his head.
We now have one more reason to love Frank Ocean even more. Forget that he has the voice of an angel, or that he's the 21st century version of Blake in the sheer beauty of his lyricism, forget even that he came out publicly in a hip-hop environment that can often be phallocentric and homophobic. Frank Ocean has opted to do Chris Brown a solid and not press charges. What a nice guy!
On January 27th last week, Brown and Ocean ended up in a fight, which seemed to leave Brown's hand in bandages when seen the following day. According to reports Ocean and Brown met in the parking lot of a recording studio in West Hollywood as Brown was exiting. He wasn't arrested at the scene because, as witness claimed, Brown fled.
Brown really can't do with another criminal conviction as he's still on probation for beating his then girlfriend (and now girlfriend again) Rihanna the night before the Grammys in 2009.
Continue reading: 'I'll Choose Sanity': Frank Ocean Forgives Chris Brown For Brawl
Frank Ocean is reportedly set to press charges against Chris Brown following a scuffle that occurred outside a recording studio in Los Angeles this week. A source tells TMZ.com that Brown tried to shake Ocean's hand but the Odd Future man refused it. "Chris was so pissed he coldcocked Ocean and started an all-out war," the insider added.
Steve Whitmore, from the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department, tells the New York Daily News that Frank Ocean is "desirous of prosecution," adding, "We'll find out what happened." Neither party has added to their initial musings on Twitter and Instagram, with Ocean claiming he was "jumped" by Brown and his crew and may not be able to perform at the Grammys. Brown Instagrammed an image of Jesus Christ on the cross and captioned it, "Painting the way I feel today. Focus on what matters!"
Should Brown be arrested and found guilty of assault, it could prove disastrous for his legal team, who have attempted to keep him out of trouble following his vicious attack on then-girlfriend Rihanna in 2009. He still remains on probation for the incident and only narrowly avoided a court case following last year's fight with Drake in New York.
Continue reading: Frank Ocean Pressing Charges Could Prove Costly For Chris Brown
It's difficult to find a parking space in any city, but if you're Chris Brown and thousands of people across the world hate you for beating your girlfriend, you'd think you might just let a slight altercation over a decent spot to leave your car in LA slide, rather than letting it escalate to the point that police were called. Brown hasn't been known to make good decisions though, so this is precisely what happened between him and Frank Ocean at a recording studio in LA.
TMZ first broke the story, which said that a source said "Frank Ocean and his crew" blocked the passage out of the studio for Chris, saying "This is my studio, this is my parking spot." Then, when Chris went to shake Frank's hand, one of Frank's people threw the first punch. By this reckoning, Chris is the victim in the whole shibang, but according to TMZ, the police are referring to Ocean as the 'victim' because he's the one that stuck around to discuss the events. Plus, general consensus surrounding Brown isn't particularly favourable at the moment, and hasn't been since 2009.
Continue reading: Chris Brown And Frank Ocean Fight... Over A Parking Space
Frank Ocean says he was jumped by Chris Brown and "a couple of guys," in the car park of the Westlake Recording studio in Los Angeles on Sunday evening (January 27, 2013). Police were called to the premises, where Ocean was nursing an injured hand.
"Got jumped by Chris and a couple of guys. lol," Ocean tweeted, adding: "Cut my hand now I can't play with two hands at the grammys." According to TMZ.com, insiders close to Brown say Ocean started the brawl after blocking Rihanna's ex-flame in the car park. The Odd Future alum is alleged to have said "This is my studio, this is my parking spot," with "one of Frank's people," attacking Brown when he went to shake hands with Ocean. Clearly the account contradicts Frank's version of events, though police are currently investigating the incident.
It's not the first time the two singers have fallen out, with Brown accused of aiming a homophobic slur towards Ocean, who came out as gay earlier last year. Brown denied it, posting, "My Opinion on the whole Frank Ocean subject is ......... Love who u wanna love. It's ur decision. People stop searching for BS."
Continue reading: Frank Ocean Is 'Jumped' By Chris Brown In Recording Studio Car Park
The NME awards isn't just to praise the biggest and best bands of the year, it is also a platform for popular social commentary, and for a hefty dose of good humored judgement. The categories of Heroes and Villains are a tidy round up of the stars that have done the best and worst work over the year.
This year's Villain nominations include the obvious choice of David Cameron, but he's facing stiff competition in the form of Harry Styles, Skrillex, Psy, Fred Macpherson and Azealia Banks. Styles being in One Direction (nominated for worst band) is reason enough to be in the list, and Azealia Banks tweeted feud with fellow female rapper Angel Haze in which she used a homophobic slur against Haze certainly makes her a baddy. But as for Fred Macpherson's appearance in the list, we can't quite work out why he's been included, Spector aren't that bad.
The Hero's list is a far better list and there's no question as to why any of the nominees are included. Dave Grohl brought Nirvana back with the help of Paul McCartney - even if you don't agree with the choice of McCartney, it was a great feat, and Grohl never fails to give his all to music and to an enormous range of bands. Pussy Riot went to prison for speaking openly about LGBT and feminist topics. Frank Ocean brazenly came out in a predominantly heterosexual and largely homophobic hip hop community during 2012, confessing to having fallen in love with a man. Bradley Wiggins is Bradley Wiggins. Barack Obama is Barack Obama. And David Bowie is back. Happy days.
Frank Ocean has been nominated for a GLAAD award, for his album Channel Orange.
Last year, Ocean made a statement regarding his sexuality, just prior to the release of his debut album. In the statement, the Odd Future collaborator revealed that his first love was with another man. The statement was well-received in the hip-hop community, which has a reputation for its underlying homophobia, in many sectors.
R&B star Beyonce and Scissor Sisters frontman Jake Shears were amongst those who lent their support to Ocean and now, the Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation have given the singer / songwriter the nod for his acclaimed album. According to the BBC, he faces competition from Scissor Sisters, Gossip and Adam Lambert in the Outstanding Music category, as part of the awards which aim to recognise positive representation of gay, bisexual and transgender people in the media. Other nominees in the awards include the movies Best Exotic Marigold Hotel, Cloud Atlas and the Perks of Being A Wallflower. In the television category, Grey’s Anatomy, Modern Family and Glee were all given a nod.
Continue reading: 'Channel Orange' Lands GLAAD Award For Frank Ocean
Frank Ocean ended 2012 with a spot of legal drama, when he was stopped by cops for speeding on New Year’s Eve, and a small amount of marijuana was discovered in his car. Ocean’s clearly not big on ‘learning from his mistakes,’ as he was actually stopped for speeding the day before, on the very same stretch of road in California, but travelling in the opposite direction.
When the cops pulled the 25 year-old R&B star over, they could smell marijuana in the car and after a search, found a “small bag of marijuana in his possession,” according to BBC News. He had been driving 90mph (145kph) in a 65mph (105kph) area. As if speeding a drug possession weren’t enough, though, Frank was also warned that he could be fined for driving on a suspended license and for having tinted front windows. His license was taken away from him and Frank was unable to drive home, so a friend of the singer, who was in the car with him, had to drive the car away. His representative, Heathcliff Berru, reportedly declined to comment on the incident.
Frank seemed relatively nonplussed by the whole ordeal, if his Twitter page was anything to go by and he certainly wasn’t going to be drawn into any public apology. “hi guys, i smoke pot. ok guys, bye” came the tweet from Frank in response to news reports of the situation. Well, that clears that up, then.
On New Years Eve Frank Ocean was driving in Mono County, CA with a friend when he was pulled over by cops for speeding. Smelling marijuana in the car the police searched the singer and found a bag of weed on him, subsequently meaning that he lost his license.
As TMZ reported, he was also 'cited' for having tinted windows, which isn't allowed for the windows of either the driver's window, front passenger windows or front window screen, plus his license is already suspended so the cops took his drivers license away meaning that his friend had to drive them both home.
Ocean's second solo album Channel Orange has enjoyed incredible critical and commercial success this year with many publications citing it as the year's best album, including Billboard, the Guardian and HMV's poll of polls. The singer has also pushed the boundaries of hip hop this year when he confessed to falling in love with a man, which largely goes against the male bravado that defines a lot of the genre's popular lyricism. His 'coming out' was met with enormous support and congratulations from his peers and fans alike.
Frank Ocean has treated fans to a brand new track just out of the blue... well, not really. In fact, Frank has actually released a track that was supposed to be in the upcoming film Django Unchained, but didn't quite make the cut.
Quentin Tarantino, the film's writer/director/producer, found that the song didn't quite fit in with any scene in his film and as such didn't see fit to put it in just to make sure he didn't hurt Ocean's feelings. Luckily for them both though, Ocean doesn't seem too bothered about the snub and he has uploaded the track to his Tumblr so his fans can listen to it still.
Speaking to Fuse, Tarantino said that he wanted to include the song but unfortunately there was no part of the film that it would fit in to. He said, "Frank Ocean wrote a fantastic ballad that was truly lovely and poetic in every way, there just wasn't a scene for it. I could have thrown it in quickly just to have it, but that's not why he wrote it and not his intention. So I didn't want to cheapen his effort. But, the song is fantastic, and when Frank decides to unleash it on the public, they'll realize it then."
A mixed week for US albums releases; old classics given an airing, a major movie soundtrack launched and hip-hop arTIsts new and old having a stab at chart success. Currently, the top of the US album chart is dominated by Taylor Swift, who’s back at the top with Red, Wiz Khalifa, riding high at number two with O.N.F.C. and Rod Stewart’s festive compilation album, Merry Christmas, Baby.
Eric Clapton’s Slowhand gets a 35th anniversary reissue, having been remastered from the original “1/4 tape. There are four album session outtakes, entitled ‘Looking at the Rain,’ ‘Alberta,’ ‘Greyhound Bus,’ and ‘Stars, Strays and Ashtrays.’ A second disc contains a live performance at London’s Hammersmith Odeon, from April 27, 1977.
One for the completists, then – and more a case of Clapton’s record label rubbing their hands in glee at a cash in, than any real significant moment in his career. The re-release of Slowhand has hardly set the music press alight and we probably don’t need to fetch any fire blankets for the albums chart, either.
Male R&B is enjoying a renaissance, with the mercurial talents of Frank Ocean and the re-emergence of Usher of late, and Omarion’s performance has well and truly proved that he’s another one to be taken seriously. Bounding on stage, dressed solely in white, he accompanied Maybach Music boss, Rick Ross, who had just spat out a topless rendition of Hold Me Back. The pair sang Ice Cold together to a rapturous response from the audience, who were all mouthing proudly along to the frenetic show. Omarion, aka Maybach O, is working on his MMG debut. It has been a busy 24 hours for Ross as last night (October, 9) he dropped his most recent mixtape The Black Bar Mitzvah, followed by the official video for Diced Pineapples.
All this talk of performances, brawls and trouble backstage, and one might be forgiven for forgetting that the BET Hip Hop Awards are exactly that: an awards show. And in that vein, it’s pertinent to mention Kanye West, who cleaned up. He grabbed Producer of the Year, the Made You Look Award (Best Hip Hop Style) and the Perfect Combo Award for "Mercy," along with his G.O.O.D. Music crew. The multiplatinum hit maker took home another three awards for his work with Jay Z as part of the Throne, bringing his total to six.
Frank Ocean must be breathing a pretty big sigh of relief right now. Since he posted his "my first love was man" confession on his Tumblr page last week, the internet chatter on the matter has been largely positive. Beyoncé wrote the guy a poem, Russell Simmons of Def Jam wrote "we love you" back and even Busta Rhymes managed to come up with a quote that was basically the tough-guy equivalent of saying "some of my best mates are bisexual... honest."
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