An overnight sensation in the best sense of the phrase, singer-songwriter Frank Ocean captured the attention of the R&B and hip-hop community with his extraordinary <i>Nostalgia, Ultra</i...
Beach Boys icon Brian Wilson has released the guest list for his new album No Pier Pressure and it includes tracks featuring Zooey Deschanel, Kacey Musgraves, Nate Ruess and his former Beach Boys bandmates Al Jardine, David Marks and Blondie Chaplin. Contributions from Frank Ocean and Lana Del Rey didn't make the cut.
A judge in California has denied Frank Ocean's name change request due to his driving offenses.
The singer filed a court request earlier this year (14) asking permission to change his name from Christopher Breaux to his stage moniker, Frank Ocean. However, his petition has been denied due to a number of driving offences, including a speeding ticket in August (14), a driving without insurance charge and a ticket for driving without headlights, among others.
The judge has ruled Ocean can reapply for the name change once his driving cases have been resolved, according to TMZ.com.
Hip-hop collaborators Jay Z, Kanye West and Frank Ocean have been named as defendants in a new federal copyright infringement lawsuit over their hit song Made In America. Musician Joel Mac claims he sold a copy of his CD, featuring his 2009 version of the track Made in America, to producer Mike Dean outside New York's Mercer Hotel back in 2011, when the superstar rappers were holed up in a suite inside recording their joint album Watch the Throne.
To his surprise, he later discovered Watch the Throne included a song with the same name - and he claims that wasn't the only similarity between the two tunes.
He filed suit in New York State court earlier this year (14), seeking $3 million (£1.67 million) in damages, but now he is stepping up his legal battle and taking it to federal court, according to TMZ.com.
Mac is seeking a cut of the Watch the Throne song profits amid allegations Jay Z, West, singer Ocean and Dean, who is listed as a producer on the release, lifted the concept of the track from the plaintiff's work.
The stars have yet to respond to the accusations.
R&B singer Chris Brown has settled two civil lawsuits stemming from separate altercations last year (13).
In September (14), the Kiss Kiss hitmaker avoided further jail time, probation or a large fine by pleading guilty to assaulting a man outside a hotel in Washington, D.C. However, the victim later filed a civil suit and Brown has now settled it by paying him $100,000 (£625,000).
According to TMZ.com, Brown has also reached a settlement with the cousin of hip-hop star Frank Ocean, Sha'Keir Duarte, who launched a $3 million (£1.8 million) civil lawsuit against Brown in January (13). Duarte accused him of provoking a parking lot brawl in Hollywood. That case was recently settled for around $20,000 (£12,500).
Singer Frank Ocean's father is suing Russell Simmons for $142 million (£83 million) over comments allegedly posted on the music mogul's website. Calvin Cooksey has issued a lawsuit claiming he was falsely portrayed as a poor parent in remarks written on Simmons' Global Grind site.
Cooksey has been out of Ocean's life since the pop star was five years old, but he blames Ocean's mother for his absence and insists he is not a bad dad.
He is demanding $142 million for loss of future income, according to TMZ.com.
Outkast star Andre 3000 is planning to retire from rap next year (15) after he turns 40. The Ms. Jackson hitmaker, who will mark the age milestone in May (15), is convinced hip-hop is a young man's game and he confesses he can no longer keep up with his new peers.
He tells the New York Times, "I remember, at like 25, saying, 'I don't want to be a 40-year-old rapper.' I'm 39 now, and I'm still standing by that. I'm such a fan that I don't want to infiltrate it with old blood."
Andre 3000 reveals he recruits his teenage son Seven, with R&B singer Erykah Badu, to critique his verses on tracks by artists like Beyonce, Lil Wayne, Chris Brown and Frank Ocean, because he is no longer sure what will be a hit with young fans.
He explains, "I struggle with the verses. I don't sit around and write raps, I just don't. Now the only time I'm really inspired to write raps is if an artist that I enjoy invites me to their party. So if Future calls and says, 'Hey man, I want you to do this,' I don't want to let Future down. I don't want to let Lil Wayne or Drake down, because I love them...
"My son, he's 16. Him and his buddies, they'll be in the car, and I'll say, 'Hey, what do you think about this verse?' That's my gauge at this point. I don't have the pulse. Part of art is knowing when not to put paint on. And when to change your medium."
Rappers Jay Z and Kanye West and singer Frank Ocean have been hit with copyright infringement lawsuit over their song Made In America. New York musician Joel McDonald is claiming the trio infringed on the concept of his 2009 song for their Watch the Throne track in 2011.
He is seeking $3 million (£1.8 million) in damages.
Legendary music producer Rick Rubin has taken the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge to a whole new level after submerging himself in a bathtub full of ice. The music mogul accepted his nomination from rapper Eminem, but instead of just dumping freezing water over his head, like most other celebrities, he decided to raise the bar and film himself filling a tub with cold water, before topping it up with multiple buckets of ice cubes.
He then climbed into the tub and dipped his head below the water, without even flinching. Another shot showed him getting comfortable as more ice is poured on his head.
He uploaded the silent footage on Tuesday evening (26Aug14) and added a message at the end of the YouTube.com video, nominating R&B star Frank Ocean, and actors Owen Wilson and Vincent Gallo for the charity mission.
A host of stars, including Leonardo DiCaprio, Tom Cruise, Matt Damon, Ben Affleck, Jennifer Aniston, Gwyneth Paltrow, Lady Gaga and Justin Timberlake, have also been put up to the task by famous friends or urged to donate to charity. Most celebrities are doing both.
The viral campaign aims to raise awareness and funds for the ALS Association and other charities connected to the condition, also known as Lou Gehrig's Disease or motor neurone disease.
Rapper J.cole has paid tribute to a black teenager killed by a police officer in Missouri by releasing a new song dedicated to him. Darren Wilson shot unarmed Michael Brown, who was suspected of stealing a box of cigars from a suburban St. Louis store, on 9 August (14), and the incident has sparked a series of tense protests between African-Americans and civil rights leaders and officials in the state.
As Governor Jay Nixon, President Barack Obama and Highway Patrol Capt. Ron Johnson join forces in a bid to end days of violence, hip-hop star Cole has released Be Free to voice his frustrations with the deaths of African-American men in the U.S.
In a post on his website, Dreamvillain.com, he writes, "That coulda (sic) been me, easily. It could have been my best friend. I'm tired of being desensitized to the murder of black men. I don't give a f**k if it's by police or peers. This s**t is not normal. I made a song. This is how we feel."
Cole is not the only celebrity to speak out about the incident in Missouri - John Legend, Kerry Washington and Mark Ruffalo have voiced concerns over the treatment of protesters by police following the shooting.
Legend took to Twitter.com to voice his opinion, writing, "I believe these cops are intentionally trying to inflame the situation. They want an excuse. Recall the local cop telling those 'animals' to 'bring it' on (news channel) CNN... He wants a fight.
"Calling us 'animals' has been the language to justify slavery... Dehumanization and racism go together."
Meanwhile, R&B star Frank Ocean took to Tumblr.com to comment on an image of Governor Nixon standing in front of a black woman as he addressed the slaying of Brown and wrote, "You see that black woman standing up there? I wonder if she was called to stand behind the governor because she’s black. I wonder if i’m supposed to think Missouri’s gov’t is pro-black because of her being stood up there with those other black men being all black and everything. I wonder if she was off the clock while she stood up there... then i wonder if she was getting paid for her time off like the guy who shot Michael 8 times."
Sir Elton John paid tribute to late U.S. radio and TV star Casey Kasem as he closed the Bonnaroo Music and Arts Festival on Sunday night (15Jun14). The Rocket Man legend brought the curtain down on the rural Tennessee music event by performing on the final night of the 2014 gathering.
The show marked the star's U.S. festival debut and he told the crowd, "This is my first ever festival in America and I know it's the best one." During his career-spanning set, he took a moment to remember Kasem, who died early on Sunday.
Elton John credited the TV and radio star with partly inspiring his music career as he often listened to Kasem's American Top 40 radio countdown in the 1970s. He said of his hero, "Travel safely, my good man," before performing hit track Don't Let The Sun Go Down on Me.
The music superstar also welcomed special guest Ben Folds to the stage for a duet of Grey Seal, before his set ended with a fireworks display. Other acts to play at the festival over the weekend (13-15Jun14) included Kanye West, Lauryn Hill, Frank Ocean, Jack White and Skrillex.
Changed name to Christopher Francis Ocean, reportedly inspired by film "Ocean's Eleven" (1960)
Joined Los Angeles-based hip hop collective Odd Future Wolf Gang Kill Them All
Released critically acclaimed debut mixtape Nostalgia, Ultra
Moved from Long Beach, CA to New Orleans, LA with family when he was five
Released breakthrough studio album Channel Orange; featured the single "Thinkin Bout You"
Signed contract with Def Jam Recordings as a solo artist
Recording studio damaged in aftermath of Hurricane Katrina; moved back to Los Angeles, CA to shop demos
An overnight sensation in the best sense of the phrase, singer-songwriter Frank Ocean captured the attention of the R&B and hip-hop community with his extraordinary <i>Nostalgia, Ultra</i> (2011) mixtape and <i>Channel Orange</i> (2012) debut album, both of which established him as an innovative and forward-thinking talent in both genres. He rose to attention in 2009 as a member of the controversial Odd Future collective, contributing vocals to albums and songs by Tyler, the Creator, among others, before self-releasing <i>Nostalgia, Ultra</i>. Its candid, confessional lyrics and eclectic instrumentation won praise from critics and fellow performers alike, ushering Ocean to the forefront of the hip-hop scene where he collaborated with the likes of Jay-Z and Kanye West, among others. His studio debut, <i>Channel Orange</i>, generated headlines for its sensitive content, some of which addressed a sexual relationship with another man which Ocean later detailed in a message to his fans. The self-avowed bisexual earned widespread respect for the statement, which only seemed to increase his popularity among hip-hop listeners seeking a fresh alternative to the boastful, materialistic work dominating the charts. Ocean's unique perspective on R&B, as well as his forthright honesty, minted him as an extraordinary talent with a potentially stellar future.
University of New Orleans
In July 2012, Ocean published an open letter on his Tumblr blog site that revealed a relationship he had with another man when he was 19 years old. The singer described him as his first true love.