Frank Ocean

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Frank Ocean
Frank Ocean Coachella 2012 1.jpg
Background information
Birth nameChristopher Breaux
Born (1987-10-28) October 28, 1987 (age 31)
Long Beach, California, U.S.
OriginNew Orleans, Louisiana, U.S.
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Years active2007–present
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Christopher Francis Ocean (born Christopher Breaux), better known by his stage name Frank Ocean, is an American singer-songwriter. He was born in Long Beach, California and moved to New Orleans, Louisiana when he was five. Ocean made an early career as a ghostwriter for artists such as Brandy, Justin Bieber, and John Legend. In 2010, he became a member of OFWGKTA. His first mixtape, Nostalgia, Ultra, was released in 2011. Critics liked the album.

In 2012, BBC said that Ocean finished second place in its Sound of 2012 poll.[3] Ocean appeared at Coachella. He was scheduled for Lollapalooza at the end of his 2012 summer tour.[4] His first studio album, channel ORANGE, was a digital download only on iTunes for one week. Then it was a full release on July 17, 2012. It was nominated for six Grammy Awards.[5]

Ocean won the 2013 Brit Award for International Male Solo Artist.[6]

In October 2013 Ocean said on his Tumblr that he would release new music in summer 2014.[7]

He is also considered to be a global gay icon across international waters. On his birthday, it is noted that the LGBT community recognizes his works by participating in festivals across the world, known as "The Frank Festival". These celebrations last for 30 hours, in honor of the 30 years he has lived.

Personal life[change | change source]

Ocean was one of the first major hip-hop/R&B artists to say that he had a same-sex relationship.[8]

Discography[change | change source]

Albums[change | change source]

Collaborative albums[change | change source]

Mixtapes[change | change source]

The Lonny Breaux Collection (2011)

Awards and nominations[change | change source]

Year Organization Award Result
2012 BBC Sound of 2012[3] Second
2012 Grammies International Album of the Year[9] Nominated

References[change | change source]

  1. Noz, Andrew (April 21, 2011). "Frank Ocean: Smart And Subtle R&B Songwriting". NPR. Retrieved 2012-06-12.
  2. Fennessey, Sean (March 23, 2011). "Love vs. Money: The Weeknd, Frank Ocean, and R&B's Future Shock". The Village Voice Blogs. Village Voice Media. Retrieved 2012-06-12.
  3. 3.0 3.1 "Sound of – 2012 – Frank Ocean". BBC. Retrieved 2012-04-03.
  4. Frank Ocean’s Summer Tour Sold Out BET. July 11, 2012.
  5. http://pitchfork.com/news/48827-frank-ocean-the-black-keys-nominated-for-record-of-the-year-grammy/
  6. https://www.independent.co.uk/voices/comment/brit-awards-2013-no-wild-things-from-a-music-scene-in-the-wilderness-of-mediocrity-8504003.html?action=gallery&ino=3
  7. http://www.mtv.co.uk/news/frank-ocean/393243-frank-ocean-not-releasing-new-music-until-summer-2014-tumblr
  8. Frank Ocean effect: What happens when a hip hop artist confesses same sex love? CNN. July 11, 2012.
  9. "Grammy Nominees 2012". Grammies.ca. January 14, 2011. Retrieved 2011-11-16.