New Frank Ocean album collab info

It’s not much, but it’s new info on the enigmatic Frank Ocean and his long-awaited, highly-anticipated sophomore album.

Billboard reports that Frank Ocean has been signed to management with Three Six Zero (Calvin Harris, Deadmau5 and Kate Nash) and has logged studio time with Hit-Boy & Darkchild. Whoo! As a fan of both, I’m excited to hear their sounds mesh with Ocean’s (especially given Darkchild’s longtime big-name R&B collabs).

The article also notes Ocean is still working with frequent collaborators Happy Perez, Charlie Gambetta and Kevin Ristro. Needless to say, we’ll be looking forward to the next development…

Frank Ocean’s new hair

Love live sea punk

Says Frank Ocean, debuting his new blue hair on his tumblr this week. I wish the headline was Frank Ocean’s new music, but for now this is the scant update we have on the Grammy winning singer/songwriter. To be honest though, while I greatly anticipate some new tunes from Ocean since it’s been awhile, I think the long break will help him when he does record and release new music to the public. For some artists, it’s necessary to follow up a debut album a year later so they increase their buzz instead of fade away. With a vast, critically acclaimed fanbase behind Frank already though, the excitement for when he does come back will be fresh. That’s my prediction and I’m sticking to it (for 6 more months, ha!)

Frank Ocean album update

A quick-hit Frank Ocean album update for ya, as he posted on tumblr that he’s almost done with his upcoming album! (Finally!)

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It seems like Ocean’s come up in ’11-’12 is forever ago, but I think the long hiatus of new music will give fans a renewed energy when the time’s right for this album’s release. I’ve been running back “Pyramids” lately this past month so I for one am in need of new Ocean tunes.

Chipotle suing Frank Ocean

03.08.14: As a fan of Chipotle and Frank Ocean, it makes me feel some type of way to see this news. Reports TMZ:

Chipotle claims Frank never recorded the track because when they showed him the final cut … Frank was pissed the company’s logo appeared at the end of the spot.

To reiterate … he was mad Chipotle’s logo was in a Chipotle advertisement.

The restaurant says it got an email from Frank’s people claiming Frank thought he was promised final say over the recording and all promotional materials — and believed the company was in breach when it refused to remove its logo.

Chipotle is suing to get back the $212,500 advance it paid Ocean.

Frank Ocean, now a Qdoba fan.

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UPDATE: Frank Ocean responded to Chipotle today…

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…with a big FUCK OFF in the memo line of his reimbursement check. He also included a link to Defamation on his tumblr to accompany this post. Damn.

ICYMI: Frank Ocean, Mick Jones, Paul Simonon “Hero” (prod. Diplo)

Frank Ocean, Mick Jones & Paul Simonon “Hero” (prod. Diplo)

Here is how I want to see Frank Ocean in the headlines. Not when my favorite food joint sues him… for new music!

Frank Ocean takes part in Converse’s “Three Artists, One Song” series, which ironically sees him collab with Mick Jones, Paul Simonon, and Diplo for a total of 4 artists. The latter produces it, but it’s not an uptempo cut that you would expect. It’s nice to hear Ocean’s voice after so long, but I wasn’t quick to eat up “Hero”. Listen/download below.