Frank Ocean
2.24.2017

Frank Ocean Launches blonded Radio on Beats 1

Frank Ocean, who dropped Blonde as a week-long exclusive on Apple Music last year, now has his own show on Beats 1.

Announced and airing today, blonded RADIO is Ocean’s platform for new music and old favorites, much like Drake has with OVOSOUND Radio and Travis Scott with .wav Radio.

Kicking off the first episode, Frank played a variety of tracks, including Kodak Black’s “Tunnel Vision,” Céline Dion’s “All By Myself,” Migos’ “Get Right Witcha,” Sade’s “Love Is Stronger Than Pride.” But what stole the show was a medley of Prince hits that aired back-to-back-to-back, including “Adore,” “When You Were Mine,” and “The Beautiful Ones.”

Interestingly enough, the Purple One is being honored shortly after Ocean said he turned down an opportunity to pay tribute to Prince at the Grammys. “I actually wanted to participate in honoring Prince on the show but then I figured my best tribute to that man’s legacy would be to continue to be myself out here and to be successful,” he wrote in a Tumblr post bashing The Recording Academy.

blonded RADIO’s premiere also lands right after the release of Frank’s Calvin Harris and Migos collaboration “Slide,” which arrived last night.

Currently, it’s unclear whether blonded RADIO will be a regular program or simply a one-off show. For now, tune into blonded RADIO’s premiere episode here.