News: Frank Ocean Picks Up Where "Channel Orange" Left Off
Wednesday, Feb 20, 2013 9:19AM
Odd Future's Frank Ocean is working away at his upcoming sophomore album and said he is already double-digits deep into the follow-up to last summer's channel ORANGE.
According to Ocean, he already has an idea of the direction and theme for the untitled project.
"I'm 10, 11 songs into this next thing," Ocean told BBC Radio 1's Zane Lowe during his visit to the U.K. "It's another cohesive thing, bordering on a conceptrecord again." The album will pick up where 2012's channel ORANGE left off. "At the end of channel ORANGE, there's 'Golden Girl' and it's this beach scene, and I kind of want to extend that feel into the next record all together, kinda make it that theme." When he returns from the U.K., he will continue his recording sessions on the island of Bora Bora. "I'm gonna take it all to the beach and work for a few weeks," he said. "We're gonna do that and see how it turns out." (Rap-Up)
Frank walked away with a golden trophy at this month's Grammy Awards ceremony in Los Angeles.
After his performance, Grammy voters went with Team Frank in the urban contemporary album battle. Frank Ocean won the Grammy for his "Channel Orange," but made no reference to his spat with fellow nominee Chris Brown. He kept his thank yous short -- his mother, Def Jam and Odd Future Records. (E! Online)
A few weeks ago, the soulful singer revealed plans to ditch the United States following Grammy night.
So what's next? Ocean told me he was headed to Shanghai after the Grammys with his equipment in tow, some new recordings already in hand, and plans to write "in remote locations for the next two years." In previous interviews he mentioned also wanting to write a book. "I've started writing the book," he told me. "You can say that. It's fiction, and it's about brothers. That's all I'm going to say." Whatever the book ends up being about, Ocean's music is full of suffering, and there are any number of artists who define themselves that way. "I hope not to define myself by suffering," he told me. He repeated a few times that his Tumblr post had "cured" his depression, that he was finally over the relationship and that he was happy now. (New York Times)
To date, his channel ORANGE solo effort has sold nearly 500,000 copies.
Evening things out in Top 50 is Frank Ocean's channel ORANGE received a 39-slot boost to No. 46 with 11,700. After 31 weeks, Ocean's new LP has sold 491,800 pieces. (SOHH Sales Wrap)
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