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Frank Ocean Brings ‘Blonde’ and Brad Pitt to FYF Fest


After his performance at Lovebox Festival in London, Frank Ocean made his U.S. fans elated on Saturday night (July 22). The elusive singer-songwriter  capped off Day 2 of FYF Fest in Los Angeles for his first performance in the States in three years.  It was an anticipated event to say the least, and the crooner delivered a captivating experience at Exposition Park, he even surprised everyone with a cameo from actor Brad Pitt!

Ocean took the stage in the same recording studio setup he used at Lovebox. He performed wearing isolation headphones, rocking an “Instant Karma” Nike T-shirt with sequined pink and green Converse sneakers. Director Spike Jonze filmed the performance, which was broadcast in a vintage lo-fi style on the giant screens.

With a disco ball perched above the stage, the Grammy winner opened with “Solo” off last year’s acclaimed Blonde before performing a trio of tracks from Blonded Radio—”Chanel,” “Lens,” and “Biking.” He also touched on his Endless visual album with “Comme des Garçons.”

“This is my fourth show back in so many years,” said the singer, who canceled his headlining set at FYF two years ago. “I want to thank ya’ll for trusting me tonight. Some shit might get fucked up so be patient with your boy and we’ll try it again.”

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Watch: Khalid Covers Frank Ocean’s “Lost” on BBC Radio 1 Sessions

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Khalid takes on Frank Ocean.

The gifted 19-year-old singer/songwriter recently stopped by BBC Radio 1 where he gave a stellar performance on their sessions series.

Giving fans something new to get excited over, Khalid and his band took on Ocean’s song “Lost,” off channel ORANGE. The performance was chill, but at the end he showed off his yodeling skills.

Aside from the impressive cover, Khalid also performed a live rendition of his breakout hit “Location.”

Check out his BBC Radio 1 piano session below.

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New Music: Frank Ocean feat. Young Thug – Slide On Me (Remix)

We told you earlier that Frank Ocean was on some real liberated vibes, because he continues to share new music.

After dropping “Lens” and the Travis Scott-assisted “Lens V2,” the Grammy-winning singer-songwriter has unleashed a Young Thug remix to Endless’ “Slide on Me.”

The mellow acoustic cut, off Frank’s 2016 visual album–which he released shortly before blonde, finds the elusive artist singing with a reflective tone to a possible past lover, but it’s not so clear. “This is for when you change your mind and slide back this way,” he sings. “This is for that night when set backs won’t let that much fade / Guess you can’t blame the ones you choose.”

Thugga kicks off the new version, rapping about Janet Jackson’s infamous wardrobe malfunction, and his unique style. “I screamed when I saw the titties on Janet Jackson / I’m screamin’ from the top of the planet / They first saw my swag, they was laughin’ / But my bitch bad, she doin’ damage,” he raps.

Prior to dropping “Lens,” “Lens V2,” and the remix to “Slide on Me” during the fifth episode of blonded Radio, Ocean surprised fans with “Chanel” and its A$AP Rocky-assisted remix, as well as “Biking” with Jay Z and Tyler, the Creator. He also teamed up with Calvin Harris on the Migos-assisted “Slide.”

Take a listen below.

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New Music: Frank Ocean – Lens

You know things aren’t the same when Frank Ocean continues dropping new music on almost a weekly basis.

After releasing “Chanel” and “Biking,” the singer-songwriter returns this week with the song “Lens,” and a remix version featuring rapper Travis Scott.  Ocean premiered the song on his “blonded Radio,” but the remix hasn’t had an official release yet.

Frank plays around with a vocoder effect on his vocal over the subtle production, while he sings about Mariah Carey, Rally’s, and freeways, before touching on his partner’s timeless qualities.

“Ain’t seen rainbows in the sky since college / This thing won’t last unless we’re both lyin’ / Fake flowers, no water needed / Real life drowned by the weekend / No wins, call it timeless / No ends ’cause you’re timeless,” he sings.

“Lens V2” follows with an extended version of the original, and Scott comes through with vocal effects too. “Cameras on me, I need tints,” he sings. “Smiling but inside, I’m feeling bent / Come direct please, I can’t take no hints.”

There has been no word if Frank is plotting another album release yet, or if he’s just sharing tracks that didn’t make his two 2016 projects, Endless or blonde.

Take a listen to “Lens” below.

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New Music: Frank Ocean feat. Jay Z & Tyler The Creator – Biking

Frank Ocean got everywhere with a big surprise during his third episode of “blonded Radio” on Friday (Apr. 7).

Without any prior word, the singer-songwriter premiered a brand new collaborative track titled “Biking” with Jay Z and Tyler, the Creator.

Jigga kicks off the record with a verse about the circle of life with metaphors about bikes and jewelry. “Life goes in cycles / What comes around goes around / So before it goes down / Get you some icicles,” he raps.

Frank follows Hov with a memorable verse that also references biking and ice. “I’m bikin’ these blocks / Since Ben Baller sold all his ice up at Slauson / I’m bikin’ uphill and it’s burnin’ my quads / I’m bikin’ downhill and it sound like a fishin’ rod / Savage, I’m bikin’,” he sings.

Tyler pulls up third with his own bike and ice-related bars. “Nobody fuckin’ with me / My accolades hang from my neck / Pedal, I drown in the heat / My sapphires drown in my sweat,” he raps.

Take a listen to the unexpected collaboration below.

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Solange, Frank Ocean, A Tribe Called Quest to Headline Panorama Festival

The stars are headed to Panorama.

Following the lineups for Coachella and Governors Ball, Panorama has announced its second annual festival, slated to take place July 28-30 at New York’s Randall’s Island Park.

Solange and Frank Ocean will kick things off on Friday (Jul. 28). The day will also feature performances from Tyler, the Creator, Isaiah Rashad, and Jamila Woods. Meanwhile, Saturday (Jul. 29) will be headlined by Tame Impala and Alt-J following sets from the likes of Vince Staples, THEY, and Noname.

Hip-Hop is back in the spotlight on Sunday (Jul. 30) when A Tribe Called Quest co-headlines with Nine Inch Nails. The final night of the fest will also include performances by Cashmere Cat, 6LACK, and more.

Tickets go on sale Friday (Jan. 13) at 10 a.m. American Express card members can purchase passes early, starting Jan. 12. Single day tickets start at $99 and go up to $230 for VIP, while 3-day tickets range from $282 to $650.

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Frank Ocean Announces 2017 Festival Performances


The elusive Frank Ocean is ready to bring his latest sounds to the festival circuit in 2017.

The singer-songwriter is already set to headline three music festivals next year, which includes the Hangout Music Festival in Gulf Shores, Alabama; the Panorama Music Festival in New York; and the Sasquatch! Music Festival in Quincy, Washington.

On top of that, Ocean is headed overseas for even more shows. On Tuesday (Nov. 29), he confirmed forthcoming appearances at Denmark’s Northside Fest in June and London’s Lovebox Festival in July.

The shows on this festival jaunt mark Frank’s return to the stage after a three-year hiatus. He surprised fans worldwide earlier this year with the release of two projects, Endless and Blonde. Both efforts have been critically praised and they mark a new independent phase in Ocean’s career.

“This has always been my life and no one else’s,” he recently told The New York Times. “And that’s how it’s always been since the day I came in it.”

Frank Ocean Opens Up About Grammys, Independence, & Anonymity


Frank Ocean breaks his silence.

Since Endless and Blonde dropped in August, the reclusive singer has avoided interviews. But that changed this week, thanks to a candid New York Times profile, which largely deals with his independence, both in and out of the music industry.

“This has always been my life and no one else’s,” he says. “And that’s how it’s always been since the day I came in it.”

That independence is precisely what allows Ocean to pass on the Grammys the way he’s chosen to do this year with both Endless and Blonde being ineligible for gramophones.

“That institution certainly has nostalgic importance,” he says. “It just doesn’t seem to be representing very well for people who come from where I come from, and hold down what I hold down…I think the infrastructure of the awarding system and the nomination system and screening system is dated. I’d rather this be my Colin Kaepernick moment for the Grammys than sit there in the audience.”

But that’s not all Ocean says about the Grammys. Read more highlights from his NYT profile below.

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