FIRST LISTEN: Frank Ocean Channel Orange


NME: Frank Ocean has brought forward the release of his debut album ‘Channel Orange’ by a week, meaning it is available to buy now.  The album follows last year’s ‘Nostalgia, Ultra’ mixtape and was due for release on Monday (July 16), however, during an appearance on US talk show Late Night With Jimmy Fallon, Ocean announced that he was bringing the record’s release forward by a week.  You can hear the album, which features contributions from Outkast‘s Andre 3000, his Odd Future bandmate Earl Sweatshirt and John Mayer, by visiting Ocean’s tumblr  Last week, Ocean opened up about his sexuality, explaining via his blog that his first love had been a man. MORE

NME: He wrote: “4 summers ago, I met somebody. I was 19 years old. He was too. We spent that summer, and the summer after, together. Everyday almost. And on the days we were together, time would glide. Most of the day I’d see him, and his smile. Sleep I would often share with him. By the time I realised I was in love, it was malignant. It was hopeless. There was no escaping, no negotiating to the women I had been with, the ones I cared for and thought I was in love with. MORE