Frank Ocean Takes Inspiration from Beatles, Beach Boys on New Album

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For channel ORANGE, Frank Ocean studied R&B legends including Stevie Wonder. Now the Odd Future singer is soaking up inspiration from ’60s bands including The Beatles and Beach Boys for his next album.

While being honored as one of TIME‘s 100 Most Influential People in the World earlier this week, Ocean shed some light on the sequel to his Grammy-winning album.

“When I was making the first [album] there were a group of artists that I listened to, just for inspiration and to absorb the energies,” he told MTV News. “It was a lot of Stevie Wonder, and this time it’s a lot of Beach Boys and Beatles and whatnot, so we’ll see how it trickles into the music and the final product. I can’t say much other than that.”

In an interview with BBC Radio 1 in February, he revealed that he was 10-11 songs into the project. He was planning a trip to the island of Bora Bora to record more.

He hinted at the direction. “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,” he said.

In between hanging out with Justin Timberlake and Vice President Joe Biden, Ocean is eyeing a tour for later this year.

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  1. Kyle

    I can see him pulling that sound off well. I am excited to hear what he comes up with!


  2. Mariah2013



  3. Jade

    So awkward, but I love em!


  4. Kate

    True talant



    Frank Ocean you are awesome. That is all.


  6. Pereezy YMCMB.MMG

    Oh Sh*t!!! Ohhh Nohhh!!
    No Pu**y Ni**as, Please


    audee Reply:

    @Pereezy YMCMB.MMG, dude gtfoh with that negative bs. It’s fuck niggas like u that hold us back as a people


    valerie Reply:

    @Pereezy YMCMB.MMG, literally wth


  7. Ewan

    Should be a dope album.


  8. Farrah

    Love Frank’s music. ‘Golden Girl’ is definitely an interesting song, though I didn’t like the errr… “addition” Tyler provided to the song. Wish him the best with this project, I know whatever he releases will be of quality.


  9. Grace

    Hopefully Frank will come to either ATL or LA so I’ll have a shot of seeing him live.


  10. Hov

    garbage faggot, and all of you are hop on bandwagons fans he’s horrible so boring


    T Reply:

    @Hov, but your idol and his wife steady hitting him up for collabs and songwriting? Oh. You’re a confused little monkey aren’t you?


    Heather Reply:

    @Hov, You are a Chris Brown stan, so we know about how much your opinion is worth. And you clicked this point and elected to comment, so what does that make you sweetie … other than a bitter and jealous hypocrite? I’ll wait.


    iluvnicki Reply:

    @Heather, what’s that suppose to mean. Just because he’s a Chris fan he’s less of a person than you I’m not the biggest Chris fan but I enjoy his music,not all team breezy members are ignorant and hateful like him most of his comments consist of homophobic slurs and private areas so by responding to him you do nothing but give him exactly what he wants.


    Lana Reply:

    @Hov, Pls.. your ignorance is showing…smh.


  11. Ice

    Frank OCEAN, BEACH Boys. I see what you did there.


  12. Robin



    Rowan Reply:

    @Robin, Shut up.


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  14. arno

    aint like that nigga be hanging out with JT like they say… he just managed to take a pic with him lol


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  16. mus

    I dont think he took advantage of all the attention he received last year. Besides the initial channel orange tour, which was at very small venues he didnt tour or perform that much and he’s not really doing much on the business side. Hate to see him waist all this opportunity


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