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Trivia / Frank Ocean

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  • Creator Breakdown: The whole period from channel ORANGE to Blonde. Despite constantly teasing new music, Frank would constantly claim that he was suffering from writer's block and would spend random periods of time in various cities around the world to search for inspiration.
  • No Budget: The whole mixtape nostalgia, ULTRA. was done in a fairly short time with a shoestring budget, considering half of its tracks featured pre-existing instrumentals.
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  • Reclusive Artist: He became increasingly reclusive after releasing channel ORANGE and opening up about his sexuality, with him scarcely releasing any information about his upcoming music. He did make a few appearances in 2016 and 2017, doing pop-up performances for Blonde and releasing singles every now and then. His output and social media activity stopped completely after his brother died in August 2020; however, he did surface in 2021, speaking on the outro of Tyler, the Creator's song "LEMONHEAD", appearing at that year's Met Gala, doing a few interviews to promote his new jewelry line Homer, and resurrecting blonded RADIO for its third installment of "blonded Xmas". Whether this means he'll be back to making any more appearances after this remains to be seen.
  • What Could Have Been:
    • nostalgia, ULTRA was going to get a physical release in form of an EP called nostalgia, LIFE back in 2011 but the release was cancelled due to Ocean's busy commitments on recording channel ORANGE.
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    • Blonde was initially titled Boys Don't Cry and featured multiple different iterations of songs. It's been rumored that the singles he put out after the release of the album were songs that didn't make the cut.
    • He was set to headline at Coachella in 2020, which many interpreted as a sign a new album was coming. He stated in interviews that he was busy traveling to different cities and working with different producers on new work, and was taking influence from French electronic music and Detroit and Chicago house. The release of the tracks "DHL", "In My Room", "Cayendo" and "Dear April" between late 2019 and early 2020 were also taken as signs of a new album. However, the COVID-19 Pandemic caused Coachella to ultimately be cancelled, as well as Frank supposedly having to stop production of his album due to his anti-Internet production style requiring him to move to various cities. When his brother died in August 2020, he disappeared from the Internet entirely, even after America had a successful COVID vaccine rollout by the summer of 2021 and concerts started up again. However, with the announcement of him headlining Coachella in 2023, he could be back to making music soon.