Country group Zac Brown Band may have scored its second No. 1 album on the Billboard 200, but it’s Frank Ocean’s channel Orange that is (once again) making headlines.
Some lucky soul got their hands on a physical copy of Frank Ocean’s channel, Orange, which includes unreleased tracks and b-sides, and unleashed “Golden Girl,” featuring Tyler, The Creator.
Unlike “Bad Religion,” where he discusses unrequited love with a man, Frank sings about an island girl he has to leave behind when he returns to America on the newly leaked cut. “My flight leaves tonight, but I don’t think I’m going backwards. I’m only going backwards. You’re the one I’ve chosen, girl. You’re a golden girl. 24K. The sun has been kind to ya,” he sings.
channel, Orange has garnered rave reviews from fans and critics alike and is projected to debut strong next week based on digital sales. The album arrived a week ahead of schedule early Tuesday morning to coincide with his appearance on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon.
Backed by The Roots and a string section, Frank Ocean made his national television debut on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon. The singer-songwriter, who’s penned tracks for Beyoncè, The Throne and Brandy, performed “Bad Religion,” a track from his Def Jam debut Channel Orange, which hit iTunes at midnight a week ahead of schedule. Get lost in the music below.
Beyoncè is the latest of Frank Ocean’s peers to show their support for the singer-songwriter, who revealed earlier this week that his first love was a man.
On her website, the “Crazy in Love” singer posted a black-and-white picture of Ocean with a poem of sorts, acknowledging his bravery and courage. “Be fearless / Be honest / Be generous / Be brave / Be poetic / Be open / Be free / Be yourself / Be in love / Be happy / Be inspiration,” she wrote.
Beyoncè shared a similar sentiment last year in an interview with Pridesource.com, showing her admiration for the LGBT community. “If anyone is brave and true to themselves, it’s my gay fans. The amount of confidence and fearlessness it takes to do what maybe is not what your parents expect you to do or what society may think is different – to be brave and be different and to be yourself – is just so beautiful. It’s the most beautiful thing you can be, and it’s what we all want to be at the end of the day. And not worrying about satisfying or becoming what other people think you’re supposed to be, that’s like the ultimate dream – to just be that brave.”
- New Music: Frank Ocean – “Sweet Life” (worldaccordingtomonte.com)
Frank Ocean opts for simplicity on the cover art for his Def Jam debut Channel Orange. The follow-up to his critical acclaimed Nostalgia, Ultra mixtape features guest spots from André 3000 (“Pink Matter”), John Mayer (“White”), and his Odd Future cohort Earl Sweatshirt (“Super Rich Kids”). The 17-track project arrives on July 17.
Check out the full tracklist below.