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About Frank Ocean
Christopher Edwin Lonny Breaux was born in California in 1987 but moved with his family to New Orleans when he was still a child. Hurricane Katrina destroyed his plans to study at university in New Orleans and he transferred to the University of Louisiana before heading to LA to pursue his dreams of making it in the music business. Changing his name to Frank Ocean, he began writing songs for Beyoncé, Justin Bieber, Brandy and John Legend. He joined Odd Future as part of their hip-hop collective before signing to the Def Jam record label and producing a mixtape, Nostalgia, Ultra, which brought him widespread critical acclaim and led to collaborations with Kanye West and Jay Z.
2011 was a significant year in the career of Frank Ocean. Apart from the release of Nostalgia, Ultra he worked with Odd Future member Tyler, The Creator on his Goblin album. His first single Novocaine was well-received by both critics and fans, reaching the number 82 slot in the Billboard Hot 100, number 17 on the Hot R&B/Hip Hop Charts and number six on the Heatseekers Songs Charts. His follow-up single Swim Good reached number 70 in the Billboard Hot R&B/Hip Hop Charts. Later in the same year he co-wrote and performed on two tracks for Watch The Throne, a collaborative album between Kanye West and Jay Z. This was also the year he featured in his first major live appearance, performing with Odd Future at Coachella Festival followed by a short tour in the United States.
Frank Ocean released his first studio album, channel ORANGE, in July 2012, with critics immediately declaring it to be a significant development in the R&B sound. His first single from the album, Thinking Bout You reached number 16 in the UK R&B charts and number 32 in the US Billboard Hot 100. He has received attention and praise for the lyrical content of his songs which address emotional dilemmas and substance abuse in a touching and sensitive manner. He has been quoted as saying that he writes stories which he sets to music, often in an unconventional way.
A tour in 2012 to promote the channel ORANGE album featured appearances at festivals including Coachella and Lollapalooza. Further touring in 2013 included sets at the New Orleans Jazz Fest followed by his You're Not Dead tour of Europe and Canada which featured gigs in London and Dublin. In the same year he collaborated on productions by Kanye West, Jay Z and John Mayer.