Since Frank Ocean shared his sexual preference with the world just a few weeks ago he has been on the tip of everyone’s tongue. He is the first in the black music entertainment world that openly admitted and spoke about being homosexual. Kudos!
Tuesday, July 17th Frank was involved in a serious car accident that resulted in his BMW M3 being totaled. From the pictures that he posted on Instagram looked like one side of the car was shredded by a passing car. He was on his way to a concert at Wiltern Theater when this near death experience happened. Luckily Frank walked away WITHOUT a scratch! Amen! Even though he didn’t perform he did let his audience know what happened.
“I got into a wreck like 45 minutes ago, so I’m like mentally f*cked up. Let’s do it again.”
Well since Frank decided to release his album a week early on iTunes, he exceeded all expectations for his debut “Channel Orange”! It sold 135,000 copies on iTune alone. Actually Frank commends Jay Z and Kanye West for the idea because they did the same thing when they dropped “Watch The Throne”, which he featured on the smash single “No Church In The Wild”.
“I kinda wanted to mirror what Jay and Kanye did with Watch the Throne. Preventing the leak by staggering the digital and physical dates. My thing was, I wanted all the promotional elements to be– I don’t know if the word is ‘retroactive,’ but kind of follow the album with the videos and the tour and do everything after. And kind of just let the music speak for itself for a second and not be in a situation where the record leaked. It was always my plan to drop it ahead of physical.”
Well he did that because it was buzzing before the early release date and buzzing even more before the actual physical album release date. He’s bringing real RnB back! Blessing TWO!
Well even though Target refuses to sell Frank Ocean’s “Channel Orange” because of the exclusive iTune version that dropped a week early, that didn’t hinder him at all. Frank album has risen to the occasion because it is #2 on the Billboard top 200, falling behind Chris Brown’s “Fortune” which came in #1, with 180,000 total sales. Blessing THREE!
Frank Ocean also said this about coming out :
“A lot of people have said that since that news came out. I suppose a percentage of that act was because of altruism; because I was thinking of how I wished at 13 or 14 there was somebody I looked up to who would have said something like that, who would have been transparent in that way. But there’s another side of it that’s just about my own sanity and my ability to feel like I’m living a life where I’m not just successful on paper, but sure that I’m happy when I wake up in the morning, and not with this freakin’ boulder on my chest.
I knew that I was writing in a way that people would ask questions. I knew that my star was rising, and I knew that if I waited I would always have somebody that I respected be able to encourage me to wait longer, to not say it till who knows when. It was important for me to know that when I go out on the road and I do these things, that I’m looking at people who are applauding because of an appreciation for me. I don’t have many secrets, so if you know that, and you’re still applauding … it may be some sort of sick validation but it was important to me. When I heard people talking about certain, you know, ‘pronouns’ in the writing of the record, I just wanted to – like I said on the post – offer some clarity; clarify, before the fire got too wild and the conversation became too unfocused and murky.
When you write a song like Forrest Gump, the subject can’t be androgynous. It requires an unnecessary amount of effort. I don’t fear anybody. So, to answer your question, yes, I could have easily changed the words. But for what? I just feel like it’s just another time now. I have no interest in contributing to that, especially with my art. It’s the one thing that I know will outlive me and outlive my feelings. It will outlive my depressive seasons.”
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