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Hot Shots: Odd Future & Frank Ocean Shot by Terry Richardson


Hip-hop collective Odd Future recently clocked time with world-renowned photographer Terry Richardson.  Tyler, The Creator, Frank Ocean, Earl Sweatshirt and the rest group, which looks to include an infinite amount of members, take center stage in the unconventional photoshoot.

Check out the pics below.

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Rihanna, Drake Lead MTV VMA Nominations + Alicia Keys, One Direction to Perform


It’s that time of year again when we question why MTV still has an award show for music videos, even though music videos haven’t been part of their ministry since TRL experienced an untimely death and replaced was with Snooki. But I digress.

The nominees for the MTV Video Music Awards are out, and Rihanna and Drake lead pack with five each. Last year’s big winner Katy Perry snags four nominations.

Rihanna secures two nods for Video of the Year for “We Found Love” and her collaboration with Drake “Take Care.”  She’ll go head-to-head with Katy Perry (“Wide Awake”), Gotye (“Somebody That I Used To Know”) and M.I.A. (“Bad Girls”) for the crown.

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New Music: Mateo featuring Stacy Barthe – ‘Looking You Up’


 

Mateo links up with fellow singer-songwriter Stacy Barthe for “Looking You Up,” the second release from his Suite 823 mixtape, arriving August 1.  Produced by Kerry “Krucial” Brothers and Zeke MacUmber, the song about lost love has a Frank Ocean-esque vibe with his laid back, slow building beat.

 

 

 

Chart News: Frank Ocean’s ‘channel Orange’ debuts at No. 2 on Billboard 200


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.

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New Music: Frank Ocean ft. Tyler, The Creator – ‘Golden Girl’


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.

Listen below.

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Chart News: Frank Ocean’s ‘channel Orange’ headed for top 10 debut


Frank Ocean has been practically inescapable since revealing a past same-sex relationship last week. Although opinions on the matter vary, the predicted first-week numbers for his debut album, channel Orange, tell ONE story — SUCCESS.

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Frank Ocean performs ‘Bad Religion’ on ‘Late Night with Jimmy Fallon’ [VIDEO]


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.

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Beyoncè shares support for Frank Ocean


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.”