Frank Ocean To Headline Festivals Overseas [UPDATE: American Festivals Also Announced}
UPDATE 1:28 ET: Two American festivals have just announced that Frank Ocean will join their 2017 lineups. The first is Hangout Festival, which will take place in Gulf Shores, Alabama on May 19-21. The second is Sasquatch, which will take place in George, Washington on May 26-28.
Beyoncé, David Bowie & Chance The Rapper Top Rolling Stone's 2016 Best Albums List
Hip-hop has been well represented in the year 2016, and it's always a beautiful thing to see that reflected in the end of year lists of the mainstream music publications. Beyoncé and Chance The Rapper both had incredible years, and their projects were essentially impossible for the world of rock music to ignore. Rolling Stone released their list of the "50 Best Albums of 2016" today. Here's where hip-hop stood on that list.
Frank Ocean Selling “Blond” Vinyl & Merch For Black Friday
It looks like Frank Ocean is giving fans an opportunity to cash in on the Black Friday deals. Late Thursday night, Frank’s official website, boysdontcry.co, secretly updated their page with more vinyl and CD copies of his latest album Blond, as well as other merch in support of the album.
Frank Ocean On The "Dated" Grammys: “I’d Rather This Be My Colin Kaepernick Moment Than Sit There In The Audience"
Four years removed from his highly successful debut album Channel Orange, Frank Ocean returned to the music scene back in August when he released a visual album online titled Endless, followed by another digital album two days later called Blonde.
Kanye West Says He Won't Go To The Grammys If Frank Ocean Isn't Nominated
Kanye West has been known to go to bat for other artists at award shows -- namely Beyonce -- and now he's throwing his support behind Frank Ocean. Frank's 2016 albums, Blonde and Endless, were not submitted for consideration within the deadline, though it has not been confirmed whether or not Frank chose to withhold them. Either way, Kanye suggested at his Saturday night concert that if Blonde isn't going to be nominated, there's no reason for him to show up.
Frank Ocean's First Interview In Years Is About Wearing His Vans To The White House
As we await the Frank Ocean interview Zane Lowe reportedly flew to Tokyo to do, the first interview we've seen from Frank in years has made its way out following his visit to the White House state dinner.
Frank Ocean's "Blonde" Can't Win A Grammy
Frank Ocean's Channel ORANGE won the Grammy for Best Urban Contemporary Album back in 2013, but his follow-up, Blonde, will not even be nominated at the 2017 awards. According to Billboard, the album, along with its companion piece, Endless, was never submitted for consideration, and upon missing the deadline, there is now no way it could be considered for this year's awards.
Charts Don't Lie: October 5
With a new album at #1 on Billboard's 200 chart (Shawn Mendes' Illuminate if you're curious), Drake recedes back to the #2 spot this week, where he's followed by the Suicide Squad soundtrack, Travis Scott and Rihanna to represent hip hop in the top 10. Beyonce, Frank Ocean, Kanye West, Maxwell, and Usher remain in the top 20, while DJ Khaled slips into the #27 position. Ty Dolla $ign debuts just behind him, at #28, with his new Apple Music mixtape Campaign.
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."