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Frank Ocean Announces 2017 Festival Performances

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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

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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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Frank Ocean’s ‘Blonde’ Physical Release Rejected by Labels

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Months after its release, Frank Ocean’s Blonde continues to make headlines.

HITS Daily Double is now reporting that the much-discussed independently-released Ocean album is being used as an example of why “artists still need record companies.”

According to the report, no label would agree to manage the physical version of Blonde that Ocean wanted to drop a week after the digital release. They reportedly believed it would “send a bad signal to other artists.”

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Frank Ocean Ineligible for 2017 GRAMMYs

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Don’t expect Frank Ocean to win any Grammys next year. According to new reports, Blonde and Endless were not submitted for consideration.

Both projects were released in August, long before the Sept. 30 cutoff date for eligibility. However, a representative for the Grammys told Billboard that they were not turned in for next year’s show.

Ocean’s reps have not addressed whether this was intentional or an oversight.

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Keyshia Cole Hits Studio with Frank Ocean for New Album?

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Unexpected collabos are fun, and we certainly didn’t see this one coming!

Keyshia Cole has been busy crafting her first independently released album, which she plans to drop later this year. However, we haven’t heard much about it recently, until now.

Taking to her Instagram, the R&B vixen couldn’t resist sharing a photo of herself with Frank Ocean, while letting her followers know that they were in the studio together, working on something for her album.

“I So love him!! That #StudioFlowWas #SoAwesomeToday #MYFAV 🤗🤗🤗 Just a reminder This Album I’m working on will be done in 2Months #Period 🏆 #Frank,” she wrote as the caption of the photo.

Well, Alright! Go Keyhia!

Earlier this week, it was announced that Frank Ocean’s long-awaited sophomore album, Blonde, debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 chart, selling 276,000 equivalent albums as an Apple Music only exclusive.

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Frank Ocean’s ‘Blonde’ Debuts at No. 1

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Frank Ocean reigns supreme as his long-awaited sophomore album, Blonde, debuts at No. 1 on the Billboard 200.

Released on the evening of Aug. 20, the LP is the Grammy-winners first No. 1 on the chart, leading the week with sales of 276,000 equivalent album units (232,000 traditional), according to Billboard.

It’s also the third-largest debut of the year, following Drake’s Views and Beyoncé’s LEMONADE.

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Frank Ocean Leaves Def Jam, Releases ‘Blonde’ Independently

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Word on the street today is that Frank Ocean has split with Def Jam Records and released his critically-herald new album Blonde independently.

Most believed Ocean was still on the iconic label that released his debut album, 2012’s channel ORANGE, after originally signing him in 2009. However, The FADER confirms that his visual album Endless fulfilled the singer’s Def Jam obligations.

The full Blonde credits haven’t been made public yet, but Apple Music notes that the album was released through ‘Boys Don’t Cry,’ which is believed to be the name of Ocean’s independent label.

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Frank Ocean Opens ‘Boys Don’t Cry’ Pop-Up Shops, Thanks Fans for Their Endless Support

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Frank Ocean has taken over the past few days of the music world with the surprise release of his visual album Endless, and official sophomore album Blonde. In between releasing Endless and the surprise drop of Blonde, the singer-songwriter gave some very lucky fans in select cities the opportunity to get their hands on his long-awaited ‘Boys Don’t Cry’ magazine, along with a physical copy of the Blonde album.

On Saturday (Aug. 20) Ocean opened up four pop-up shops in New York, Chicago, Los Angeles and London. According to reports on Twitter, customers were given one free copy of the Boys Don’t Cry magazine, which also included a copy of the album. The mag, which comes wrapped in a silver packaging, reportedly features writing contributions from Kanye West, Nabil Elderkin, Viviane Sassen, Tom Sachs and others.

For many Ocean fans the 4 years since the release of 2012’s channel ORANGE have felt like an eternity without the release of his next album. Now that the project has finally arrived, Frank took to his Tumblr page to thank fans for their unwavering support. “I had the time of my life making all of this. Thank you all,” he wrote. “Especially those of you who never let me forget I had to finish. Which is basically every one of ya’ll. Haha. Love You.”

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