Well, this might not be the Channel Orange followup we’ve been waiting for. On Friday, burrito emporium Chipotle sued Frank Ocean for backing out on a deal to deliver a song for an advertising campaign. The suit alleges that Chipotle paid Ocean $212,500 to record a new version of “Pure Imagination,” the song made famous in Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory, for an ad benefiting the restaurant chain’s sustainable farming program. (Several artists, including Willie Nelson, have contributed to the program in the past.) The track was due back in August, but on the day that Ocean was supposed to deliver the tune, he told Chipotle he would not be delivering. READ FULL STORY
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Yesterday, with the internet ablaze over the NFL’s first openly gay prospective star, some equally interesting news about the (apparently not always) evolving view of homosexulity in hip hop got a little lost. Over the weekend, DJ Vlad released a video interview with T-Pain that had some interesting revelations on that topic.
“I think the radio is getting more gay-friendly,” said the Auto-Tune champion/noted boat enthusiast. “I don’t think urban music is getting more gay-friendly because if that was the case, Frank Ocean would be on a lot more songs. I know n—-s that will not do a song with Frank Ocean just because he gay, but they need him on the f—ing song and that’s so terrible to me, man.“
You can watch the interview in the video below:
Did the forces of Chris Brown karma put a hex on Frank Ocean’s pipes?
The Grammy-winning singer played the opening night of his first Australian tour with a sore throat, and a trip to the doctor revealed that he has actually torn a vocal cord, which has forced him to cancel the entirety of the run Down Under.
“After last night’s concert… it was necessary to seek medical advice due to vocal issues Frank Ocean experienced during the show,” Ocean’s tour promoter said in a statement. “It has subsequently been confirmed that Frank has suffered a small tear to one of his vocal cords and has received medical advice that he must rest his voice.”
The status of his shows next weekend (he’s due to play two Canadian festivals on August 3 and 4) are uncertain, though it’s highly unlikely Ocean will be able to perform. The severity of his vocal cord injury is unclear, but even the most mild tears require several weeks of vocal rest.
Ocean’s voice troubles came only a day after Ocean published a verse he added to Migos’ “Versace” on his Tumblr. The lyric sheet contains a reference to the incident at this year’s Grammy Awards, when Chris Brown notoriously stayed seated during Ocean’s standing ovation when he won.”You could stay seated I’m taking that Grammy/ Your music is sloppy,” Ocean wrote. Which seems a little petty considering he was already the good guy in that scenario but hey, that’s his prerogative. Your move, CB!
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It’s been just a few weeks short of a year since Frank Ocean released his highly anticipated debut Channel ORANGE on iTunes a full week early following an appearance on Late Night With Jimmy Fallon. Could he be warming up for another big reveal?
Ocean kicked off a fresh tour last night in Munich, and while his set list relied heavily on Orange (he played every track on the album), he also dropped in tracks from his awesome nostalgia ULTRA mixtape and a handful of new songs.
It’s difficult to tell much about the new stuff, though it doesn’t seem to be straying far from what he’s known best for. Check out one of the tunes below, which for now we’ll call “All Good”: READ FULL STORY
Want to go around the world with Frank Ocean? Will you settle for the next best thing?
In the new, Francisco Soriano-directed video for his Channel Orange track “Lost,” Ocean uses concert footage from his summer 2012 tour and behind-the-scenes clips from his travels to take his fans on a journey around the globe.
“Now you’re lost / Lost in the heat of it all / Girl you know you’re lost / Lost in the thrill of it all,” Ocean croons over a bouncing beat. “Miami, Amsterdam / Tokyo, Spain, lost / Los Angeles, India / Lost on a train / Lost,” Ocean sings. And sure enough, we see all of those places and more.
The singer premiered the just-under three-minute clip on his Tumblr. Check it out below:
Depeche Mode's Dave Gahan on 'Delta Machine,' inspiring Frank Ocean, and what his band has in common with Led Zeppelin
Depeche Mode just released their 13th album Delta Machine, their strongest outing of the 21st century. Though they’ve been at it for over three decades, they show few signs of slowing and remain as relevant as ever: They’re constantly being covered (“Just Can’t Get Enough,” the band’s first single, showed up this season on Glee), and as frontman Dave Gahan points out, also regularly providing inspiration for a new generation of boundary-pushing artists.
EW: Your new album Delta Machine was made both in New York, where you live, and in California where Martin Gore has his studio. How does Depeche Mode work being a bi-coastal operation?
Dave Gahan: Depeche Mode is a bit of a revolving door when it comes to other people that work on our record since Alan Wilder left the band 20 years ago. We’ve had to adapt to different ways of working on things. This time we worked with Chris Berg who is a Swedish musician, and he’s worked with bands like Fever Ray and the Knife. He does sort of hardcore electronic stuff. He fit right in, he knew exactly what he was doing, he was very bold, he had great ideas. Martin and I both need a different angle, and that’s what makes it interesting. But to answer your question, yes, Martin’s out there in California, I’m here in New York, so basically we just the recording in half. He has a nice studio in his house, too. This record was really kind of a pleasure to make with Martin. He’s in great shape, he’s writing great songs. He’s as positive as we get as musicians. We’ve come a long way together, we see our strengths and we’ve come to this place where we have a very strong musical bond. I think that just happens with time. Being in a band, you spend the first 10 years chasing something. You spend the next 10 years trying to hold onto it. We’ve spent the last 10 years just kind of doing our own thing. I think there’s a great strength in having the courage and also having the support to do what you want to do when you’re an artist in any way shape or form. And we’ve been lucky to have some great people working with us.
You say you and Martin are positive, but Delta Machine is still pretty dark. Where does that come from?
That’s just in us. READ FULL STORY
Odd Future figurehead Tyler, the Creator has a new album out today called Wolf, but he’s more interested in talking about a missed opportunity from last year.
In a conversation with Billboard, Tyler noted that he and Odd Future cohort (and Grammy winner) Frank Ocean collaborated on a song for Justin Bieber’s 2012 album Believe, but the track was ultimately rejected.
“I’ve got so many beats and songs, but no one’s giving me a chance yet,” he said. “I want to take Justin Bieber for a month and just lock him up in a cage where we sit and make music. He’s one of the most successful people in the world, but his music could be so much tighter.”
Even without the Odd Future contributions, Believe still had top-shelf writing and production from luminaries like Hit-Boy, Diplo, Drake, Rodney Jerkins, and Kenneth “Babyface” Edmonds. Tyler’s quest to make his impact on the teen pop world may come later this year, as he worked on the forthcoming Miley Cyrus album on music produced by Pharrell Williams.
What would the Bieber/Odd Future collaboration have sounded like? In an ideal world, the Canadian Sensation would have recorded a spiritual sequel to Ocean’s “Crack Rock.”
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In the weeks leading up to the Grammys, few were certain what Frank Ocean’s next move would be. Would he take a break from music to focus on writing a novel, as he suggested to The Guardian last year? Or would he reinvent himself into something else entirely?
In an interview with BBC Radio radio yesterday, Ocean claimed that he is “10, 11 songs” into the follow-up to his critically-acclaimed Channel Orange: “It’s another cohesive thing, bordering on a concept record again.”
Ocean also said that Channel Orange collaborator Pharrell Williams has been with him in the studio, and that he hopes to work with Danger Mouse soon. Those are likely suspects, though another collaborator does seem a little more left field.
During a conversation about Depeche Mode’s upcoming album Delta Machine yesterday, singer Dave Gahan told EW that Ocean ended up in his legendary band’s orbit recently: READ FULL STORY
Justin Timberlake and Jay-Z will headline the Wireless festival at Olympic Park on July 12 and July 13, respectively. The festival announced the full line-up of performers on their website, which includes Frank Ocean, Snoop Dogg, Kendrick Lamar, and more. To prepare for the experience the festival’s website advises “Lads, get that suit and tie sorted.”
At the Grammys, Timberlake and Jay-Z performed “Suit & Tie” together and earlier this month there were rumors that the two were planning a joint stadium tour. Hopefully, this announcement is a step in the right direction.
In the meantime/if you don’t live around London, Timberlake’s new album, The 20/20 Experience, comes out March 19.
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