Charts Don't Lie: September 21
With six new releases taking up the top eleven spots on the Billboard 200, most hip hop records took a tumble on the charts this week. Drake and the Suicide Squad soundtrack each bounced up a spot, to #2 and #3 respectively, but everyone else on our list fell, aside from Kanye who stayed put at the #21 spot. After debuting with the #1 album in the country, Travis Scott lands at #6 with Birds in the Trap Sing McKnight. Frank Ocean, Rihanna, Beyonce, and DJ Khaled stay within the top 20 with their newest releases.
Zane Lowe Reportedly Flew To Tokyo To Interview Frank Ocean
It looks like we might be getting a Frank Ocean x Zane Lowe interview soon. According to the London Evening Standard, the popular New Zealand radio host apparently flew out to Tokyo recently to meet & conduct an interview with the Blonde singer.
Def Jam Reportedly Released Frank Ocean From Contract Early
Last month, reports surfaced saying that Frank Ocean had cut ties with Def Jam and released Blonde independently.
Frank Ocean's "Blonde" Is Now Available On Spotify
Frank Ocean's Blonde was released as an Apple Music exclusive on August 20th. 20 days later, it has been made available to stream on Spotify.
Charts Don't Lie: September 7
Despite three new albums occupying the top three spots, our hip hop faithful showed up strong on the Billboard charts this week.
Vote: Who Had The Best Project Of August 2016?
Summer is fast turning to autumn, vacation to school. Soon, the sun's oppressive reign will end and give way to increasingly temperate conditions. With August in the books, we look back at ten of the most notable hip hop and R&B albums and mixtapes of the month and ask our readers to decide which one they believe is the best. Pour one out for Noname's Telefone, which came out on July 31. Here are the ten:
Charts Don't Lie: August 31
Drake was holding down the #1 spot on the Billboard 200 for months, but this past month we've seen VIEWS fluctuate in place of different #1 albums. DJ Khaled, Suicide Squad, and now Frank Ocean have all had a taste of the top spot in the late-summer blitz of new releases. Ocean, who's long-awaited follow-up to Channel Orange came out last week, was sold exclusively on Apple Music, and did just shy of a quarter million units on there.
Frank Ocean Made $1 Million In His First Week As An Independent Artist
Frank Ocean has been winning since fulfilling his contractual obligations to Def Jam after the release of Endless and before the release of Blonde.
First-Week Sales For Frank Ocean's "Blonde" & Tory Lanez' "I Told You"
After reporting on the initial projections earlier this week (Aug. 22), the final sales numbers for Frank Ocean's Blonde as well as Tory Lanez' I Told You are in. As expected, Blonde will debut at No.
Andre 3000's "Solo" Verse Was Not Aimed At Drake; Is Two Years Old
The first listen of Frank Ocean's long-awaited Blond(e) provided many surprises, and for rap fans one of the major talking points came with Andre 3000's verse on "Solo (Reprise)". "After 20 years in, I'm so naive / I was under the impression / That everyone wrote they own verses / It's comin' back different and, yeah, that shit hurts me," raps Three Stacks on the record, spawning speculation that the bars might be a shot at Drake, who was criticized by Meek Mill last summer about his use of collaborative writers.
Frank Ocean's "Blonde" Illegally Downloaded Over 750,000 Times
The first-week predictions for Frank Ocean's Blonde were just revealed, and he's set to take the No. 1 spot by a long shot, as the album is expected to move 225-250k in equivalent album units. That's not to mention the entirely separate "visual album," entitled Endless, that he put out the day before.
Frank Ocean's "Blonde" (Review)
"Boys do cry, but I don’t think I shed a tear for a good chunk of my teenage years. It’s surprisingly my favorite part of my life so far. Surprising, to me, because the current phase is what I was asking the cosmos for when I was a kid. Maybe that part had it’s rough stretches too, but in my rearview mirror it’s getting small enough to convince myself it was all good. And really though… It’s still all good."
Universal May Have Grounds To Sue Frank Ocean Over "Blonde"
Frank Ocean seemingly masterminded an escape from his contract with Def Jam and it's parent company, Universal, when he completed his contractual obligations to the label with the visual album Endless and released Blonde as an independent album le
Kanye West Urges Radio Outfits To Play Frank Ocean's Music
The first time many people heard (or heard of) Frank Ocean was in the introduction of Kanye West's Watch the Throne opener "No Church in the Wild." Yes, Kanye West has been a big supporter of Ocean throughout Ocean's career.
Frank Ocean No Longer Signed To Def Jam, Self-Released "Blonde"
Frank Ocean's Blonde is projected to sell 225 to 250 thousand units in its first week. He's doing it as an independent artist.
Frank Ocean Lists Favorite Songs & Movies
Frank Ocean has not only delivered an exciting new album projected to do massive numbers -- he's also released a 200+-page zine chockful of content that includes poetry by Kanye West and
McDonald's Has Responded To Kanye West's Weird McDonald's Poem
Frank Ocean’s Boys Don’t Cry magazine isn’t in the hands of too many people yet, but that didn’t stop a somewhat odd poem about anthropomorphized McDonald’s menu items penned by Kanye West from surfacing online. Frank Ocean grabbing headlines with over 200,000 projected first week sales didn't hurt either.
Frank Ocean's "Blonde" Expected To Chart No. 1 With 225-250K In Sales
The earth shook upon the surprise release of Frank Ocean's Blonde, as fans had long waited in anguish for the follow-up to 2012's Channel Orange, his illustrious debut album. Unsurprisingly, Blonde will soon become the No. 1 album in the country, according to industry forecasters. The first-week sales projections arrive two days after the album was made available in the iTunes store and for streaming via Apple Music on Aug.
The Best Lyrics On Frank Ocean's "Blonde"
Frank Ocean first revealed himself as a generational songwriting talent on his 2011 debut nostalgia, ULTRA, then emerged as a full-blown star on the strength of the 2012's Channel Orange, which amounted to a series of vignettes about wealth, drugs, friendship, and love.
The Full Version Of Frank Ocean's "Endless" Video Is 140 Hours Long
Sitting in the corner of Frank Ocean's circular staircase workshop in his 45-minute "Endless" video is a giant boombox. The boombox is the work of NYC-based contemporary artist Tom Sachs.