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

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