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American singer/songwriter Frank Ocean was one of the more fascinating and polarizing R&B artists of the 2010s. Born Christopher Edwin Breaux in Long Beach, California, he moved with his family to New Orleans, Louisiana at the age of five. The aspiring songwriter and singer had just moved into his dorm at the University of New Orleans when Hurricane Katrina hit. With his future under water, Ocean immediately left the academic life behind and moved to Los Angeles to give music a shot. He cut some demos at a friend's home studio, shopped them around town, and eventually landed a songwriting deal that led to work for Justin Bieber, John Legend, and Brandy. Some of this writing was done beside Christopher "Tricky" Stewart, a fellow songwriter and producer who convinced Ocean to sign a solo artist deal with Def Jam in late 2009. It was also around this time that Ocean met Odd Future and began writing for the crew while making guest appearances on their mixtapes. In February 2011, as Odd Future were making waves, Ocean broke out on his own with the Nostalgia, Ultra mixtape, issued through his Tumblr blog. Later in the year, he appeared on Tyler, the Creator's Goblin ("She," "Window"), Beyoncé's 4 ("I Miss You"), and Jay-Z and Kanye West's Watch the Throne ("No Church in the Wild," "Made in America"). Def Jam's plan for the release of Nostalgia, Lite -- an EP-length version of the mixtape -- was scrapped, yet the songs "Novacane" (produced by Stewart) and "Swim Good" (MIDI Mafia) were released as singles with accompanying videos. The former reached number 17 on Billboard's Hot R&B/Hip-Hop chart. The latter peaked at number 70. By the end of the year, several publications listed Nostalgia, Ultra as one of 2011's best releases. Ocean proceeded with the making of his official debut album, working beside the likes of Malay, Om'Mas Keith, and Pharrell Williams as fellow producers. The album, Channel Orange, was previewed for journalists at a handful of listening events. Some writers alleged that certain lyrics on the album revealed Ocean's bisexuality. Ocean subsequently published a screen shot of a TextEdit file (entitled "thank you's") that included details of a romantic relationship, his first love, with a man. On July 10, 2012, six days after the post, Channel Orange was released by Def Jam as a download. The CD version followed a week later. Along with featured appearances from Earl Sweatshirt, John Mayer, and André 3000, the album involved material about unrequited love, as well as class and drug dependency -- all delivered with Ocean's descriptive storytelling and understated yet expressive vocals. Channel Orange received nearly universal critical acclaim and landed on the Billboard 200 chart at number two. Ocean was subsequently nominated in six Grammy categories and took the award for Best Urban Contemporary Album. As Channel Orange was on its way to gold certification, Ocean began work on a follow-up. Various recording details were reported across a period of over three years, and Ocean dropped hints that led to much speculation. Meanwhile, he made appearances on Beyoncé's self-titled album, Kanye West's The Life of Pablo, and James Blake's The Colour in Anything. In August 2016, a video of him building a staircase, accompanied by instrumentals, was streamed on his website. Later that month, he released Endless, a 45-minute visual album that featured additional construction footage and a stream of full-blown songs written primarily by Ocean alone. Jazmine Sullivan, Jonny Greenwood, and Blake were among the contributors to the new material, which was bookended by sound art from Wolfgang Tillmans. The following day, Ocean released the skeletal and sprawling Blond, a proper album, for streaming. Copies of Ocean's magazine, distributed at pop-up locations, included a compact disc version with a shorter track list. A multi-genre festival's worth of "album contributors," ranging from many of his previous associates to the likes of David Bowie and Yung Lean, was listed in the pages of the publication. Blond replaced Drake's Views at the top of the Billboard 200. More Blond-era tracks surfaced in 2017, starting with "Chanel," which debuted on his Blonded Radio broadcast. On subsequent episodes, he unveiled "Biking" featuring Jay-Z and Tyler, the Creator, "Lens" with Travi$ Scott, and "Provider." That year, Ocean also scored a Hot 100 hit, this time on electronic dance producer Calvin Harris' single "Slide," which also featured verses by Quavo and Offset from Migos. ~ Andy Kellman & David Jeffries
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Stations Featuring
Frank Ocean

    Coffeehouse Corner

    Coffeehouse Corner
    2 songs

    Neo-Soul

    Neo-Soul
    3 songs

    Top R&B

    Top R&B
    1 song

    R&B and Soul Mix

    R&B and Soul Mix
    1 song

    Office Friendly Jams

    1 song

Albums by
Frank Ocean

Top Songs by
Frank Ocean

  1.   Song
    Popularity
  2.   Thinking About You
  3.   Novacane
  4.   Pyramids
  5.   Lost
  6.   Super Rich Kids
  7.   Sweet Life
  8.   Bad Religion
  9.   Swim Good
  10.   Forrest Gump
  11.   Sierra Leone
  12.   Pink Matter
  13.   Crack Rock
  14.   Strawberry Swing
  15.   We All Try
  16.   Lovecrimes
  17.   Self Control
  18.   Nikes
  19.   Bedtime Story
  20.   Kamikaze, Thinking of You 2 (Frank Ocean)
  21.   Can't Be the Last Time
  22.   Pilot Jones
  23.   Ivy
  24.   Solo
  25.   Stay If You Go
  26.   Pink + White
  27.   Nights
  28.   Godspeed
  29.   White
  30.   Lights
  31.   Songs for Women
  32.   One Look
  33.   Try
  34.   Monks
  35.   Dust
  36.   White Ferrari
  37.   End/Golden Girl
  38.   There Will Be Tears
  39.   Futura Free
  40.   Close to You
  41.   Be Yourself
  42.   Electric Feel
  43.   Quickly
  44.   No Love
  45.   Go Up
  46.   Bricks and Steel
  47.   Start
  48.   Facebook Story
  49.   Good Guy
  50.   Skyline To
  51.   Bitches Talkin'
  52.   Taste
  53.   Simply
  54.   Ready
  55.   Dying for Your Love
  56.   Soul Calibur
  57.   Seigfried
  58.   Time Machine
  59.   Rocket Love
  60.   Lost Angel
  61.   Greedy Love
  62.   Focus
  63.   Denim
  64.   Not Just Money
  65.   Fertilizer
  66.   Goldeneye
  67.   Pretty Sweet
  68.   Wise Man, WiseMan Pt. 2 (Frank Ocean)
  69.   Together
  70.   Sucker for Love Pt. 2
  71.   Standing Still
  72.   She Won't Say Hello
  73.   Rewind That
  74.   Overload
  75.   Miss You So
  76.   Holly Baby
  77.   Streetfighter
  78.   If I'm in Love
  79.   Ohh in Love

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