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Frank Ocean

Raised in New Orleans among the city's jazz scene, Frank Ocean was studying at the local university when Hurricane Katrina hit in 2005. Moving to Los Angeles to escape the wreckage, his demo tapes won him a songwriting deal and he soon started penning tracks for Brandy, Justin Bieber and John Legend before befriending rapper Tyler, The Creator and lending his soulful vocals to his single She. Guest appearances on tracks by Beyoncé, Jay-Z and Kanye West led to a record deal with Def Jam and his mixtape Nostalgia, Ultra (2011) made him one of the most hotly tipped young artists around. Full of neo soul and sharp, contemporary R&B, his debut album Channel Orange (2012) featured collaborations with Andre 3000 and John Mayer and proved an instant hit, reaching Number 2 in the UK and US charts and winning him acclaim as one of the top albums of the year. Alongside his dark, confessional tales and lovelorn grooves, Ocean became one of the first soul stars to openly write about his homosexuality - a groundbreaking move in a genre often accused of misogyny.

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07-07-2011