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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. ~ 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

    Top Jams [Clean]

    1 song

Albums by
Frank Ocean

Top Songs by
Frank Ocean

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

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