As Valentine’s Day crept to its inevitable close, Frank Ocean decided to make sure those few individuals who hadn’t already ended up in tears found their way to emotional ruin before the night was out. Yes, that’s right: he posted a cover of “Moon River,” the Oscar-winning Henry Mancini classic from Breakfast at Tiffany’s, and the song that plays as Big leaves Carrie for Paris.
In the late, late hours of the night, Ocean dropped his latest surprise cover, which follows in a series of new tracks he’s released since his 2016 masterpiece Blonde.
We hadn’t considered just how good of a fit “Moon River” would be with Ocean’s soft, crooner vocal style. The cover remains both true to the original and yet also sounds totally up to date.
Here’s his take, plus the Audrey Hepburn original.
We might just survive 2017 after all. Frank Ocean took to Tumblr late last night to share the news that he’s got an album sitting on his hard drive, just begging to be released. Here’s what he said:
“’Well I️ made the album before 30. I️ JUST AINT PUT THAT BITCH OUT!’ -quotes from an interview I️ haven’t given haha.”
Ocean turned 30 a month ago, so that means the record in question has been made for several weeks at least. In 2012 he tweeted that he wanted to released 5 albums before turning 30, which is what this post appears to be referencing.
Ocean’s released several singles over the past year, including “Chanel,” “Biking,” “Provider,” and “Lens.” He also did his first live performances of the 2016 albums Blonde and Endless.
While we reflect on what could be coming in our near future, it may be helpful for some to watch this live performance of Ocean singing “I Miss You.”
Drop whatever you’re doing because Frank Ocean has graced us with the gift of his presence. In an exclusive for i-D’s Winter 2017 “The Sounding Off” issue, the ethereal musician shot two covers for the magazine and curated a 32-page photo diary from his summer festival tours. Among the photos are a shot of filmmaker Spike Jonze, who recorded many of his performances, as well as a few self-portraits.
Alongside the photo diary is a personal essay penned by Ocean that offers a rare peak inside of his mind. This means references to the Rick and Morty McDonalds Szechuan sauce fiasco, Karl Lagerfeld, and a Tim Ferriss podcast he listens to onstage. It ends with the promise that “if you liked two thousand and seventeen then you’ll love two thousand and eighteen.”
Check out the essay in full as well as the two covers below.
“You can answer a lot of questions with “Yes.” But you can answer many more with “No.” No is run-of-the-mill. Yes is a gem. Whenever I feel alone I watch live television, something about it being okay on their end makes it okay on mine. Onstage one in-ear is my mic feed and the other one is a Tim Ferriss podcast. I go long periods without talking but I raise my voice when the people on the phone are in loud places. I’ve never given my fans nicknames because the ones I think of are embarrassing. I’m world famous. I had peace in my twenties. Big Pharrell praying hands those weren’t mutually exclusive. If you want to make your 30s sound appealing just mention “sexual prime.” Re: the photos… as Karl Lagerfeld would say they “came to me in a dream.” Summer two thousand and seventeen. We leaned into it. Bananaberry-flavored candies at the bottom of the cup. I’ll never know why or what’s with campouts for Szechuan sauce at McDonalds. But I’m way into it. Issa Dreamworld. If you liked two thousand and seventeen then you’ll love two thousand and eighteen.”
Forget the VMAs and the Game of Thrones finale and the Snake Queen’s video for just a second because, last night, something beautiful happened. Frank Ocean graced the world with a new song on his Beats 1 “blonded RADIO” show called “Provider.”
Months after his sixth episode of the show in May, Ocean’s seventh was set to air last Sunday on the one-year anniversary of Blonde but was cancelled. Leave it to this perfect musical angel to disrupt one of pop culture’s biggest nights to drop a new track. After playing through a full mix, he put “Provider” on repeat for over an hour like a soft-spoken musical lullaby.
It’s a soothing, jazz-inspired track that references everything from Aphex Twin and shoegaze to Stanley Kubrick and basketball. In a lyric video posted to his website, visual artist Tom Sachs tricks out a boombox with a machete and huge speakers before putting in a cassette that plays the song alongside lyrics punctuated with a jumping Hello Kitty face, because why the fuck not. It’s Frank Ocean. He does what he wants.
Besides debuting the new track, Ocean also did a freestyle rap over 2 Chainz’ “Rolls Roice Bitch” and announced plans to go to school after Blonde to learn “something that’s more technical and not so vulnerable.” His new track also follows the debut of new songs like “Biking,” “RAF,” and “Chanel” on previous episodes of the show. Check out the full playlist of songs from the seventh episode of “blonded RADIO” below, including “Provider.”
“Just like me, they long to be close to you” is a heartbreaking Frank Ocean lyric in and of itself. However, when that lyric is sung with a soulful ache on stage at FYF Fest while a camera captures Brad Pitt talking solemnly on his phone, it becomes art. The performance art piece came in the middle of Ocean’s triumphant return to the LA music festival he notoriously cancelled on back in 2015 and it cemented the singer’s bromance with Pitt as the stuff of legend.
For those of you who’ve missed this simmering relationship between the two masters of their field, here’s a refresher course. In May, Pitt told GQ that in the midst of his divorce with Angelina Jolie (which we’re still reeling from if we’re being honest with ourselves), he started listening to a lot of Frank Ocean, saying: “I find this young man so special. Talk about getting to the raw truth. He’s painfully honest. He’s very, very special.” Not long after that revelation, Ocean performed in Manchester, England draped in a shirt with Pitt’s face on it.
Now, the slow burn of tension between the two finally culminated at Exposition Park and it’s beautiful. As Ocean began with “Close to You” and ended with a rendition of Jackson 5’s “Never Can Say Goodbye,” Pitt’s phone never left his ear. Who was he talking to? Angelina? A divorce lawyer? The Seamless delivery man? His own hopes and dreams?
We may never know, but the videographer who filmed him (and Ocean’s full set) was allegedly none other than auteur filmmaker Spike Jonze, so we may be seeing Pitt’s solemn face talking on his cell phone in some art film in the near future.
On the third episode of his show on Beats 1, Blonded Radio, Frank Ocean dropped a new track in collaboration with Tyler, The Creator and Jay Z: “Biking.” The song is fresh and poppy and incorporates all the two-wheel wordplay you can imagine.
Ocean released a trailer for the episode, featuring Ty’s verse from the new single, via Twitter:
On the previuous epsiode, 002, of Blonded, Ocean released his song “Chanel,” playing it on repeat the whole second half of the program. You can listen to all of 003 here.
Don’t have time to listen to the full ep? Here’s the tracklist:
Frank Ocean – Super Rich Kids [ft. Earl Sweatshirt]
The Doobie Brothers – What a Fool Believes
Patti LaBelle – If Only You Knew
Ray J – Anytime
Babyface – Whip Appeal
Rexy – Don’t Turn Me Away
Kojo Funds – Dun Talkin’ [ft. Abra Cadabra]
Maleek Berry – Let Me Know
Rihanna – Consideration [ft. SZA]
Father – Heartthrob
Rae Sremmurd – Swang
Isaiah Rashad – Don’t Matter
SahBabii – Pull up Wit Ah Stick [ft. Loso Loaded]
Young Thug – Knocked Off [ft. Birdman]
Young Thug – Worth It
Kehlani – Undercover
Starrah – Rush
G Perico – My World
Squidnice – Trap by My Lonely
Drake – Glow [ft. Kanye West]
NxWorries – What More Can I Say
Flying Lotus – Camel
Delroy Edwards – I Love Sloane
Death Grips – Eh
Arca – Self Defense
Dopplereffekt – Plastiphillia 2
Machinedrum – U Don’t Survive
Moodymann – Lyk U Use 2 [ft. Andres]
Frank Ocean – Futura Free
Frank Ocean – Biking [ft. Jay Z and Tyler the Creator]
At long, long last, Frank Ocean finally released the new music he’s been teasing fans with for over a year – except instead of an album called Boys Don’t Cry, as was originally promised, Ocean, released a bundle of artistic expression: a visual album titled Endless, a full-length regular LP, Blonde, a music video for the track “Nikes,” and an art lookbook with the now-infamous moniker “Boys Don’t Cry.” Talk about making good on your word.
Both Endless and Blonde are currently available exclusively from Apple Music, in a sly business move on the part of the audio streaming service that’s sure to rake in a bunch of new users finally succumbing to that 3-month trial.
Endless is available for download and streaming here.Blonde, meanwhile, is a click away here.
The music video for “Nikes,” directed by Tyrone Lebon, is a cinematic masterpiece, full of breathtaking visuals and references to the police brutality at the forefront of the media over the past year. Take a watch below.
Everyone is freaking out because Frank Ocean launched a mysterious live stream on his Boys Don’t Cry website this week, and now the New York Timesreports from an exclusive, anonymous source that the R&B singer’s first album in four years is due for release this Friday through Apple Music.
We’ve known the title of Ocean’s new record, Boys Don’t Cry, for years now, and have been continuously disappointed at delays in the album’s release. According to the Times secret source, Ocean’s latest will be available only on Apple Music for two weeks before becoming streamable on other platforms.
Channel Orange, Ocean’s 2012 debut, earned him six Grammy noms and a win and catapulted him to the forefront of the minds of critics and fans alike. Since then, he’s appeared as a guest artist on tracks from artists including Kanye West, as well as helping James Blake to pen his latest release.
Ocean, openly bisexual, recently composed a touching letter to the victims of the Orlando massacre, writing: “So we say pride and we express love for who and what we are. Because who else will in earnest?”
If the Times source is correct, our headphones are soon to be blasting a different tune. And we’re probably going to have to finally cave and sign up for Apple Music. Although isn’t there a free trial option we can use for two weeks and then back out of ?
Joining a rather eclectic group of talents from Amy Adams to Ed Ruscha to Rupert Grint, to last year’s campaign featuring Josh Brolin gnawing on Big League Chew and playing with toy soldiers, singer and songwriter Frank Ocean is the newest face of fashion house Band of Outsiders, appearing in a new series of Polaroid-shot ads for the brand.
Ocean’s a fan of Band of Outsiders from the looks of things, having appeared in a bold Band of Outsiders shirt in a shoot for Terry Richardson’s Diary last spring and stealing the show at this past Grammy Awards a custom yellow Band tuxedo. In the new set of photos released yesterday, taken by brand manager and photographer Scott Sternberg, he dons a more classic tux and poses outside the Los Angeles Times Building in downtown L.A. He grins, he flips the bird, he lies on a bench, it’s all very sun-drenched and lovely. But boy, does it look hot in that tux. More photos will be released through the Band blog, Tumblr and Instagram accounts throughout the week.