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|Birth name||Christopher Breaux|
|Born||October 28, 1987|
Long Beach, California, U.S.
|Origin||New Orleans, Louisiana, U.S.|
|Labels||Odd Future Records, Def Jam, The Island Def Jam Music Group|
|Associated acts||OFWGKTA, Kanye West, Jay-Z|
Christopher Francis Ocean (born Christopher Breaux), better known by his stage name Frank Ocean, is an American singer-songwriter. He was born in Long Beach, California and moved to New Orleans, Louisiana when he was five. Ocean made an early career as a ghostwriter for artists such as Brandy, Justin Bieber, and John Legend. In 2010, he became a member of OFWGKTA. His first mixtape, Nostalgia, Ultra, was released in 2011. Critics liked the album.
In 2012, BBC said that Ocean finished second place in its Sound of 2012 poll. Ocean appeared at Coachella. He is scheduled for Lollapalooza at the end of his 2012 summer tour. His first studio album, channel ORANGE, was a digital download only on iTunes for one week. Then it was a full release on July 17, 2012. It was nominated for six Grammy Awards.
- channel ORANGE (2012)
- The OF Tape Vol. 2 (2012)
- nostalgia, ULTRA (2011)
Awards and nominations
|2012||BBC||Sound of 2012||Second|
|2012||Grammies||International Album of the Year||Nominated|
- Noz, Andrew (April 21, 2011). "Frank Ocean: Smart And Subtle R&B Songwriting". NPR. http://www.npr.org/2011/06/10/135514908/frank-ocean-smart-and-subtle-r-b-songwriting. Retrieved 2012-06-12.
- Fennessey, Sean (March 23, 2011). "Love vs. Money: The Weeknd, Frank Ocean, and R&B's Future Shock". The Village Voice Blogs. Village Voice Media. http://blogs.villagevoice.com/music/2011/03/the_weeknd_frank_ocean.php. Retrieved 2012-06-12.
- "Sound of – 2012 – Frank Ocean". BBC. http://www.bbc.co.uk/music/soundof/2012/artists/frankocean/. Retrieved 2012-04-03.
- Frank Ocean’s Summer Tour Sold Out BET. July 11, 2012.
- Frank Ocean effect: What happens when a hip hop artist confesses same sex love? CNN. July 11, 2012.
- "Grammy Nominees 2012". Grammies.ca. January 14, 2011. http://www.grammis.se/?ha_events=180. Retrieved 2011-11-16.
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