Category: R&B Booking

Book – Jidenna – Artist Management

 Jidenna – Artist Management

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A sharp dresser, singer, and rapper with geographic connections ranging from Nigeria to U.S. cities like Oakland, Atlanta, and New York, Jidenna Mobisson arrived in 2015 with a hybrid R&B/rap sound he called swank. The son of pioneering Nigerian scientist and educator Oliver Mobisson, he cited Nat King Cole, James Brown, and OutKast among his many inspirations. The Stanford graduate signed to Janelle Monáe’s Wondaland label and debuted with “Classic Man,” where he delivered boastful, foul-mouthed rhymes and a neat vocal hook over a sparse, street-level beat. Released in February 2015, the single took a while to gain traction, possibly received a nudge from Monáe’s March-issued “Yoga” — which featured her new signing — and reached the Billboard Hot 100 three months later. The Eephus, a six-track showcase for the Wondaland crew, was released in August 2015 with the original “Classic Man” and a version featuring Kendrick Lamar.

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Book – Omarion – Artist Management

Omarion – Artist Management

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The multi-platinum, Grammy nominated entertainer, Omarion, makes his long awaited return to the scene with the endorsement of MMG CEO Rick Ross.

After a chance run in and brief conversation negotiations began…shortly thereafter, Omarion was signed to Ross’ Maybach Music Group empire. Omarion, now also known as “Maybach O”, released his first single,  “Let’s Talk” featuring Rick Ross, and it was an immediate hit.

After releasing three solo albums, Omarion resumes his position on the charts with an updated sound, displaying his evolution as an artist.

His first solo album, O, debuted # 1 on the R & B/ Hip Hop Album and Billboard chart. His sophomore album, 21, dominated radio airplay and also debuted # 1 on the R & B/ Hp Hop chart and # 1 on the Billboard chart, and the second single from 21 “Icebox”, produced by Timbaland, topped the Billboard Hot 100 chart and was a platinum selling ringtone.

The actor and producer has also appeared in several films, most notably the #1 box office smash,You Got Served, earning over $50 million worldwide. Omarion also added “Author” to his resume in 2004, releasing a solo autobiography entitled “O” on behalf of MTV, and served as a judge on the 5th season of MTV’s competitive dance reality show, America’s Best Dance Crew.

It is safe to say that this multi-talented artist and actor will continue to leave a lasting impression on his fans around the world as he now embarks on this new journey with one of the biggest music labels in the industry, Maybach Music Group/Warner Brothers.

 

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Book – Fetty Wap – Artist Management

Fetty Wap – Artist Management

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For the Trap & B artist named Fetty Wap known for sharing his love about his ride or die chick on his breakout hit “Trap Queen,” his hustle never stops. Willie Maxwell II hails from New Jersey, like Redman and Joe Budden, calling home to a city called Paterson. The rapper explains it was difficult growing up there, specifically pointing out that “everybody is trying to make it out.” As he adjusts to the attention after blowing up from “Trap Queen” in 2014, his mission in hip-hop. Isn’t to become more famous, but to use his fortunes to help his community rise above their hardships.

 

Currently, “Trap Queen” is No. 12 on the Billboard Hot 100, No. 13 on iTunes, 19 million YouTube plays and 22 million SoundCloud plays. Not bad for a newcomer. On his records, Fetty Wap’s wobbly voice cuts through trap instrumentals and melodies, making. His honest and aggressive lyrics a staple of Jersey’s rap scene. His likability comes from his influences, which are Gucci Mane (his name pays homage to Gucci’s nickname Guwop) and other trap innovators such as Three 6 Mafia’s Juicy J and Project Pat. His flow on “Trap Queen,” captures the same feelings as his idols, and has ignited remixes from the likes of French. Montana, Yo Gotti and Rick Ross.

It’s a respectable career trajectory for someone who uploaded. Freestyled verses of “Trap Queen” to SoundCloud in March 2014. “I was dealing with that Person at the time. She was juggin with me,” he says of the song’s inspiration. “We were really rying to make it happen. We got tired of riding regular.” Once Fetty Wap re-recorded the rough. Copy for radio, the track became the de facto winter anthem. The single received a major push when Fetty Wap’s label RGF Productions partnered with 300. Entertainment in November 2014. 300 Entertainment intern, Wharton Berg, discovered Fetty.

Online and shared his finding with A&R extraordinaire Selim Bouab, who brought Fetty to Todd Moscowitz. During his meeting with Lyor Cohen, Kevin Liles and Todd Moscowitz, whose. Resumes include long stints as leaders from Def Jam to Warner Music Group, Fetty could feel the. Outpour of support from the industry veterans. “When bringing Fetty to Todd, Lyor and Kevin,. The support was undeniable and realized by all that we have a really special artist on our hands,”. Selim says of signing Fetty. “To see how far along we are now in such a brief time is thrilling.”. This year, Fetty Wap’s profile rose when he earned co-signs from stars like Trey Songz, Rihanna and Kanye West. In February, Fetty Wap was the surprise guest for West’s Roc City Classic show “I just turned up. That’s all I can remember,” he says. “I’m just mad appreciative. It’s just a big grateful, feeling that’s just one way of putting it.” Since then, Fetty Wap has been featured. In Billboard, Complex and nominated for the 2015 XXL Freshman Class, a coveted list of the next wave of rap stars.

 

He’s also used the bigger platform to introduce his crew Remy Boyz 1738, consisting of up-and-coming rappers Montana Buckz and P Dice. With his growing success, he isn’t letting his condition (his left eye was lost to congenital glaucoma when he was a child get in the way of chasing his dreams. More recently, Fetty Wap is determined to make his Trap & B songs resonate in 2015. He’s on the. Right track to be the hottest artist at SXSW with performances at Rolling Stone, Samsung and. Fool’s Gold’s showcases. Meanwhile, he’s finalizing his self-titled RGF Productions/300 entertainment debut that’ll showcase his talents outside his viral hit. “This shit doesn’t happen to. People where I’m from,” Fetty Wap says of his rapid ascent. “A lot of people don’t get the opportunity, so I’ma be a superstar until my star don’t burn no more.”

 

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Book – Sevyn Streeter – Artist Management

Sevyn Streeter – Artist Management

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Amber Denise Streeter (born July 7, 1986), known by her stage name Sevyn Streeter, is an American recording artist and singer–songwriter, best known for being a member of the girl groups TG4 and RichGirl where she was known as Se7en. In 2012, she changed her stage name to Sevyn Streeter. She has written songs for artists such as Chris Brown, Brandy, Kelly Rowland, Alicia Keys, Fantasia, Ariana Grande, and Tamar Braxton. Currently signed to Atlantic Records, her debut EP entitled Call Me Crazy, But… was released on December 3, 2013.

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Book – Jhené Aiko – Artist Management

Jhené Aiko – Artist Management

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Jhené Aiko Efuru Chilombo (born March 16, 1988), also known simply as Jhené Aiko is an American singer, songwriter and recording artist from Los Angeles, California.Formerly signed to The Ultimate Group and Epic Records, she left both labels in order to continue her education. Aiko began her career being known as “Lil’ Fizz’s cousin”, however she is not actually related to him. It was used as a marketing tool suggested by Sony and Epic to promote her through the R&B group B2K and attract an audience, though Aiko affirms that she and Lil’ Fizz grew up together and were close like family.

On December 16, 2011, Aiko signed a recording contract with record producer No I.D.’s record label Artium, distributed through Def Jam Recordings.She has been described as having gentle and pop-tinged vocals.

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Book – R. Kelly – Artist Management

R.Kelly – Artist Management

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Robert Sylvester Kelly (born January 8, 1967), known professionally as R. Kelly, is an American singer-songwriter and record producer. A native of Chicago, Illinois, often referred to as King of R&B, Kelly began performing during the late 1980s and debuted in 1992 with the group Public Announcement. In 1993, Kelly went solo with the album 12 Play. He is known for a collection of major hit singles including “Bump n’ Grind”, “Your Body’s Callin’”, “I Believe I Can Fly”, “Gotham City”, “Ignition (Remix)”, “If I Could Turn Back the Hands of Time”, “The World’s Greatest”, “I’m a Flirt”, and the hip-hopera “Trapped in the Closet”. In 1998, Kelly won three Grammy Awards for “I Believe I Can Fly”.

Kelly has written, produced, and remixed songs and albums for many artists, including Aaliyah’s 1994 debut album Age Ain’t Nothing But a Number. In 1996, Kelly was nominated for a Grammy for writing Michael Jackson’s song “You Are Not Alone”. In 2002 and 2004, Kelly released collaboration albums with rapper Jay-Z and has been a guest vocalist for other hip hop artists like Nas, Sean Combs, and Fat Joe.

The Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) has recognized R. Kelly as one of the best-selling music artists in the United States with 38.5 million albums sold as well as only the fifth black artist to crack the top 50 of the same list.In March 2011, R. Kelly was named the most successful R&B artist of the last 25 years by Billboard.Kelly has released 10 studio albums, sold 38.5 million albums in the U.S. and over 54 million albums worldwide making him the most successful R&B male artist of 1990s.

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Book – K. Michelle – Artist Management

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Kimberly Michelle Pate (born March 4, 1982), better known by her stage name K. Michelle, is an American recording artist, pianist, and songwriter. She first received notice in 2009 with the charting single “Fakin’ It” (featuring Missy Elliott), and later went on to release the follow-up singles: “Fallin’” and “I Just Can’t Do This”. In the summer of 2012, K. Michelle garnered further attention by appearing in the VH1 reality series Love & Hip Hop: Atlanta. Following her appearance on the show, she landed a contract deal with Warner Bros. Records. She released her long-delayed debut album Rebellious Soul on August 13, 2013. The album saw commercial success, debuting at number 2 on the Billboard 200 and selling 75,000 copies its first week.

2008–2011: Career beginnings
K. Michelle’s career began when she signed to Jive Records in December 2008. She released the buzz singles “Self Made” and “Fakin’ It” in 2009 in hopes of garnering attention from the public eye. While “Self Made” peaked at #89 on Billboard Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs and received hardly any attention, Michelle’s Missy Elliott–assisted “Fakin’ It” went on to attain slight attention from the urban audience for its racy content and male-bashing lyrics. In 2010, following the buzz singles’ release, Michelle went on to release two follow-up singles: “I Just Can’t Do This” and “How Many Times”; both of which respectively charted at #53 on the Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs before asking to be brought out of her label contract by RCA Records in October 2011. Prior to her departure from RCA, K. Michelle was in the process of recording her debut Rebellious Soul (formerly titled Pain Medicine) that was slated to feature collaborations from the likes of R. Kelly, Trina, Usher, Gucci Mane,Akon and Missy Elliott. However, only R. Kelly’s contributions saw the light of day on the final cut of the album.

2012–present: Love & Hip Hop: Atlanta and Rebellious Soul
In 2012, K. Michelle joined the cast on season one of VH1’s reality TV show Love & Hip Hop: Atlanta.[8] During its run, Michelle announced she would be leaving the show after the second season to move to New Yorkto join Love & Hip-Hop NY and focus more on her music career. Following her appearance on the reality series, Michelle signed a deal with Warner Bros. Records and has since then confirmed that her debut album would likely be released sometime in 2013. K. Michelle later revealed on Twitter that her debut album has since then been revised from Pain Medicine to its current working title, .Rebellious Soul On April 22, 2013, Michelle released a promotional single and accompanying music video called “I Just Wanna” via iTunes and YouTube.

In May 2013, she released the lead single from Rebellious Soul called “V.S.O.P.”. The album was released on August 13, 2013.

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Book – Mavis Staples – Artist Management

Mavis Staples – Artist Management

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Mavis Staples (born July 10, 1939 in Chicago, Illinois) is an American rhythm and blues and gospel singer, actress and civil rights activist who recorded with The Staple Singers, her family’s band.

Mavis Staples began her career with her family group in 1950. Initially singing locally at churches and appearing on a weekly radio show, the Staples scored a hit in 1956 with “Uncloudy Day” for the Vee-Jay label. When Mavis graduated from what is now Paul Robeson High School in 1957, The Staple Singers took their music on the road. Led by family patriarch Roebuck “Pops” Staples on guitar and including the voices of Mavis and her siblings Cleotha, Yvonne, and Purvis, the Staples were called “God’s Greatest Hitmakers.”

With Mavis’ voice and Pops’ songs, singing, and guitar playing, the Staples evolved from enormously popular gospel singers (with recordings on United and Riverside as well as Vee-Jay) to become the most spectacular and influential spirituality-based group in America. By the mid-1960s The Staple Singers, inspired by Pops’ close friendship with Martin Luther King, Jr., became the spiritual and musical voices of the civil rights movement. They covered contemporary pop hits with positive messages, including Bob Dylan’s “A Hard Rain’s a-Gonna Fall” and a version of Stephen Stills’ “For What It’s Worth.”

During a December 20, 2008 appearance on National Public Radio’s news show “Wait Wait…Don’t Tell Me,” when Staples was asked about her past personal relationship with Dylan, she admitted they “were good friends, yes indeed” and that he had asked her father for her hand in marriage.

The Staples sang “message” songs like “Long Walk to D.C.” and “When Will We Be Paid?,” bringing their moving and articulate music to a huge number of young people. The group signed to Stax Records in 1968, joining their gospel harmonies and deep faith with musical accompaniment from members of Booker T. and the MGs. The Staple Singers hit the Top 40 eight times between 1971 and 1975, including two No. 1 singles, “I’ll Take You There” and “Let’s Do It Again,” and a No. 2 single “Who Took the Merry Out of Christmas?”

Staples made her first solo foray while at Epic Records with The Staple Singers releasing a lone single “Crying in the Chapel” to little fanfare in the late 1960s.The single was finally re-released on the 1994 Sony Music collection Lost Soul. Her first solo album would not come until a 1969 self-titled release for the Stax label. After another Stax release, Only for the Lonely, in 1970, she released a soundtrack album, A Piece of the Action, on Curtis Mayfield’s Curtom label. A 1984 album (also self-titled) preceded two albums under the direction of rock star Prince; 1989’s Time Waits for No One, followed by 1993’s The Voice, which People magazine named one of the Top Ten Albums of 1993. Her recent 1996 release, Spirituals & Gospels: A Tribute to Mahalia Jackson was recorded with keyboardist Lucky Peterson. The recording honours Mahalia Jackson, a close family friend and a significant influence on Mavis Staples’ life.

Staples made a major national return with the release of the album Have a Little Faith on Chicago’s Alligator Records, produced by Jim Tullio, in 2004. The album featured spiritual music, some of it semi-acoustic.

In 2004, Staples contributed to a Verve release by legendary jazz/rock guitarist, John Scofield. The album entitled, That’s What I Say, was a tribute to the great Ray Charles, and led to a live tour featuring Mavis, John Scofield, pianist Gary Versace, drummer Steve Hass, and bassist Rueben Rodriguez. A new album for Anti- Records entitled We’ll Never Turn Back was released on April 24, 2007. The Ry Cooder-produced concept album focuses on Gospel songs of the civil rights movement and also included two new original songs by Cooder.

Her voice has been sampled by some of the biggest selling hip-hop artists, including Salt ‘N’ Pepa, Ice Cube and Ludacris. Mavis Staples has recorded with a wide variety of musicians, from her friend Bob Dylan (with whom she was nominated for a 2003 Grammy Award in the “Best Pop Collaboration With Vocals” category for their duet on “Gotta Change My Way of Thinking” from the album Gotta Serve Somebody: The Gospel Songs of Bob Dylan) to The Band, Ray Charles, Nona Hendryx, George Jones, Natalie Merchant, Ann Peebles, and Delbert McClinton. She has provided vocals on current albums by Los Lobos and Dr. John, and she appears on tribute albums to such artists as Johnny Paycheck, Stephen Foster and Bob Dylan.

In 2003, Staples performed in Memphis at the Orpheum Theater alongside a cadre of her fellow former Stax Records stars during “Soul Comes Home,” a concert held in conjunction with the grand opening of the Stax Museum of American Soul Music at the original site of Stax Records, and appears on the CD and DVD that were recorded and filmed during the event. In 2004, she returned as guest artist for the Stax Music Academy’s SNAP! Summer Music Camp and performed, again at the Orpheum and to rave reviews,[who?] with 225 of the academy’s students. In June 2007, she again returned to the venue to perform at the Stax 50th Anniversary Concert to Benefit the Stax Museum of American Soul Music, produced by Concord Records, who now owns and has revived the Stax Records label.

Staples was a judge for the 3rd and 7th annual Independent Music Awards to support independent artists.

In 2009, Mavis Staples, along with Patty Griffin and The Tri-City Singers released a version of the song “Waiting For My Child To Come Home” on the compilation album Oh Happy Day: An All-Star Music Celebration.

On October 30, 2010, Staples performed at the Rally to Restore Sanity and/or Fear alongside singer Jeff Tweedy.

Staples also performed at the 33rd Kennedy Center Honors, singing in a tribute to Paul McCartney, an honoree.

On February 13, 2011, Mavis Staples won her first Grammy award in the category for Best Americana Album for You Are Not Alone. In her acceptance speech, a shocked and crying Staples said “This has been a long time coming.”

On May 7, 2011, Mavis was awarded an honorary doctorate from Berklee College of Music in Boston, Massachusetts.

On May 6, 2012, Mavis was awarded an honorary doctorate, and performed “I’ll Take You There” with current and graduating students at Columbia College Chicago’s 2012 Commencement Exercise in Chicago, Illinois at the historic Chicago Theatre.

Mavis headlined on June 10th, 2012 at Chicago’s Annual Blues Festival in Grant Park.

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Book – The-Dream – Artist Management

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Terius Youngdell Nash (born January 25, 1977),better known by his stage name The-Dream, is an American R&B
and pop record producer and singer-songwriter.He is known for co-writing many successful songs, including “Me Against the Music” (2003) for Britney Spears, “Umbrella” (2007) for Rihanna, “Single Ladies (Put a Ring on It)” (2008) for Beyoncé and “Baby” (2010) for Justin Bieber, as well as for his acclaimed releases as a solo artist.

2001–07: Beginnings
Nash met R&B producer Laney Stewart in 2001 and Stewart helped him get a publishing deal after Nash wrote “Everything” for B2K’s album Pandemonium!.Under the pen name “The-Dream,” Nash began writing lyrics for many popular artists. He co-wrote Britney Spears’ hit “Me Against the Music” from her album In the Zone. He spent two years working on Nivea’s second album Complicated, which he executive produced, and continued to write and produce with Christopher “Tricky” Stewart, Laney’s brother, which led to Rihanna’s 2007 hit “Umbrella”. “Umbrella” was nominated for Song of the Year at the 2008 Grammy Awards.

2008–10: The Love trilogy
In 2007, Nash signed a record contract with Def Jam Recordings and began working on his debut studio album Love Hate.The album was produced by The-Dream, his production partner Tricky Stewart, and Los da Mystro, and featured Fabolous and Rihanna.The album was written and recorded in eight days with twelve tracks making the final cut. Released December 11, 2007 on The-Dream’s Def Jam imprint Radio Killa Records,The album featured the singles “Shawty Is Da Shit”, “Falsetto” and “I Luv Your Girl” and received generally positive reviews from critics, as Rolling Stone called it “one of the most likable R&B records of the year” and UrbanMusicReviews.com said that the singer had “hit a home run.”In June 2008, The-Dream was named Best New Artist at the BET Awards.

On March 10, 2009 The-Dream released his second album Love vs. Money.He re-teamed with Tricky Stewart, who produced most of the tracks on the album, and Los da Mystro.The album featured Mariah Carey, Kanye West, and Lil Jon and featured the singled “Rockin’ That Shit”, “Walkin’ on the Moon” and “Sweat It Out”.Upon its release, the album received general acclaim from most music critics, based on an aggregate score of 83/100 from Metacritic and it was more commercially successful than its predecessor, debuting at number two on the Billboard 200.

During the making of Love King, he recorded a song with T-Pain and expressed that he would like to make a collaborative album with Kanye West in the future. In January 2010, The-Dream officially stated he was finished recording the album and he called it the best of his three albums. The album was released on June 29, 2010. Before the album’s release, the-Dream announced that Love King will be his last solo album.Once again produced by The-Dream, Christopher “Tricky” Stewart, and Los da Mystro, the album spawned the singles “Love King” and “Make Up Bag.” Despite positive reviews from critics, the album was less commercially successful than Love vs. Money and debuted at number four on the Billboard 200.

2011–present: 1977 and IV Play
On the Love King track “Sex Intelligent (Remix),” The-Dream sang that he would release a follow-up album titled Love Affair on June 7, 2011.On that intended release date, The-Dream released a medley of two new songs titled Body Work / Fuck My Brains Out as a free download followed by an album titled 1977 on August 31, 2011, also as a free download. Def Jam Recordings released 1977 commercially on December 18, 2012 with a modified tracklist and the new title Terius Nash: 1977.Love Affair was delayed repeatedly and the name was changed to The Love, IV,[17]Love IV: Diary of a Madman,Love IV MMXII, and finally IV Play. In the nearly three years between Love King and IV Play, The-Dream released the singles “Roc” and “Dope Bitch”, which were not included on the final tracklist for IV Play.

IV Play was released on May 28, 2013. The album features guest appearances from Jay-Z, Big Sean, Pusha T, Beyoncé, 2 Chainz, Kelly Rowland, Gary Clark Jr. and Fabolous and the singles “Slow It Down”and “IV Play.”

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Main article: The-Dream discography
In addition to his work with Nivea and Rihanna, Nash has written and produced songs for many other notable R&B, hip hop, and pop artists, including J. Holiday, Usher, Yung Joc, Jesse McCartney, Mariah Carey, Ciara, Brandy, Diddy, and Mary J. Blige. In 2009, The-Dream and Tricky Stewart co-wrote and produced the album How to Be a Lady: Volume 1 by the R&B girl group Electrik Red.

The-Dream has also been a featured artist on singles by artists such as Plies, LL Cool J, Dear Jayne, Gym Class Heroes, Sterling Simms, Rick Ross, Fabolous, Jamie Foxx, and Snoop Dogg.

In early 2009, The-Dream began working with Christina Milian on her fourth studio album Elope,which led to her signing a joint-deal with Radio Killa Records.The-Dream said that when he was building his label, he went looking for Milian because he believed she was a talented singer.The singer confirmed that her second single would be a duet with The-Dream called “Supersonic”.Elope was never released and the material she recorded with The-Dream was scrapped after her marriage to Nash ended.

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Book – Frank Ocean – Artist Management

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Christopher Francis Ocean (born Christopher Breaux; October 28, 1987), better known by his stage name Frank Ocean, is an American singer and songwriter from New Orleans, Louisiana. Ocean started his career as a ghostwriter for artists such as Brandy, Justin Bieber, and John Legend. In 2010, he became a member of alternative hip hop collective OFWGKTA also known as Odd Future, and his debut mixtape, Nostalgia, Ultra, was released to critical acclaim in 2011. The singles “Novacane” and “Swim Good” both achieved chart success.

In 2012, Ocean finished second place in the BBC’s Sound of 2012 poll.His debut studio album, Channel Orange, was released in July 2012, promoted with three charting singles: “Thinkin Bout You”, “Pyramids”, and “Sweet Life”.

2005–10: Beginnings in Los Angeles
In 2005, Hurricane Katrina hit Ocean’s hometown of New Orleans and his recording facility was destroyed by floodwater and looted.To continue recording music, he moved to Los Angeles and intended to stay for just six weeks but decided to stay longer and develop his music career after establishing contact with people in the music industry.He recorded some demos at a friend’s studio and shopped them around Los Angeles.

After getting a songwriting deal, he started working with other record producers and wrote songs for artists such as Justin Bieber, John Legend, Brandy,and Beyoncé Knowles. Ocean later said of his work at the time, “There was a point where I was composing for other people, and it might have been comfy to continue to do that and enjoy that income stream and the anonymity. But that’s not why I moved away from school and away from family.He has also worked with artists such as Nas and Pharrell Williams.

Ocean joined Los Angeles-based hip hop collective Odd Future, whom he had met in 2009. His friendship with Odd Future member Tyler, The Creator reinvigorated Ocean’s songwriting. In late 2009, he met Tricky Stewart, who helped him sign a contract with Def Jam Recordings as a solo artist.

2011: Breakthrough mixtape and sampling controversy

On February 18, 2011, Ocean released his first mixtape, Nostalgia, Ultra, to critical acclaim.The mixtape focuses on interpersonal relationships, personal reflection and social commentary.NPR’s Andrew Noz said Ocean’s songwriting is “smart and subtle…setting him apart from the pack.”Rolling Stone magazine’s Jonah Weiner wrote that Ocean was a “gifted avant-R&B smoothie”.In April 2011, Ocean stated that his relationship with Def Jam strengthened since the release of the mixtape. The mixtape made Ocean widely known and led his collaborations with rappers Jay-Z and Kanye West.

Ocean first appeared in Tyler, The Creator’s music video for the single “She”, from Tyler’s second studio album Goblin (2011).His first performance was in collaboration with Odd Future at the 2011 Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival, where he later joined them for their first tour across the east coast of the United States.On May 19, 2011 Ocean’s record label Def Jam announced its plans to re-release Nostalgia, Ultra as an EP.The single ‘Novacane’ was released to iTunes in May 2011, and the EP originally was set to be released the next month, but was delayed.In June 2011, Ocean revealed that he would be working on the upcoming Kanye West and Jay-Z collaborative album, Watch the Throne.[28] Ocean co-wrote and featured on two tracks: “No Church in the Wild” and “Made in America”.

Ocean sampled the music from The Eagles’ song “Hotel California” on his song “American Wedding” from Nostalgia, Ultra. When asked about it, Ocean stated that Eagles band member “Don Henley is apparently intimidated by my rendition of ‘Hotel California’. He threatened to sue if I perform it again.” In response to Ocean’s comments, The Eagles legal representative released a statement: “Frank Ocean did not merely ‘sample’ a portion of the Eagles’ ‘Hotel California,’ he took the whole master track, plus the song’s existing melody, and replaced the lyrics with his own. This is not creative, let alone ‘intimidating.’ It’s illegal. For the record, Don Henley has not threatened or instituted any legal action against Frank Ocean, although the Eagles are now considering whether they should.Chris Richards of The Washington Post remarked that “certain boomers don’t like as much” as “information-age babies” due to the controversy.

On July 28, 2011, a song titled “Thinkin Bout You”, leaked on the internet. It was later revealed the song was a reference track, written by Ocean, for Roc Nation artist Bridget Kelly’s debut studio album.Kelly renamed the song ‘Thinking About Forever’. In September 2011, a music video directed by High5Collective for Ocean’s version was released, yet the song still appeared on Kelly’s debut EP Every Girl.

2012–present: Studio albums

Ocean released the cover art for his debut studio album’s lead single, titled “Thinkin Bout You”, revealing the song would be released to digital retailers on April 10, 2012.However, a month earlier, a re-mastered version of the song had already leaked.About the prospective single he said: “It succinctly defines me as an artist for where I am right now and that was the aim,” he said of the follow-up to his acclaimed Nostalgia, Ultra. “It’s about the stories. If I write 14 stories that I love, then the next step is to get the environment of music around it to best envelop the story and all kinds of sonic goodness.”

In 2012, Ocean released his debut studio album Channel Orange to universal acclaim from critics, who later named it the best album of the year in the HMV’s Poll of Polls. It also earned Ocean six Grammy Award nominations and was credited by some writers for moving the R&B genre in a different, more challenging direction. Considered as Ocean’s first commercial release on a traditional record label, Channel Orange featured unconventional songs that were noted for their storytelling and social commentary, and a dense musical fusion that drew on hip hop, soul, and R&B. The songs about unrequited love in particular received the most attention, partly because of Ocean’s announcement prior to the album’s release, when he revealed that his first love was a man. The announcement made global headlines, and some critics compared its cultural impact to when David Bowie revealed that he was gay in 1972. Ocean promoted the album with his 2012 Summer Tour, which featured final appearances at the Coachella and Lollapalooza festivals. In February 2013, Ocean confirmed that he had started work on his second studio album, which he confirmed would be another concept album. He revealed that he was working with Tyler, the Creator, Pharrell Williams, and Danger Mouse on the record.He later stated that he was being influenced by The Beach Boys and The Beatles. He stated he was interested in collaborating with Tame Impala and King Krule and that he would record part of the album in Bora Bora. On May 28, 2013, Ocean announced the You’re Not Dead… 2013 Tour; a fourteen-date European and Canadian tour that began on June 16, 2013, in Munich He had been scheduled to perform at the first night of OVO Fest on August 4, 2013; however he was forced to cancel his appearance due to a small vocal chord injury. The first night of the music festival was subsequently cancelled and James Blake was booked to appear during the second night as Ocean’s replacement. Frank Ocean appears on John Mayer’s album Paradise Valley, as a featured artist on a song called “Wildfire”.

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