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Frank Ocean’s Mom Weighs In On ‘Opportunistic’ Kim Burrell

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Today is just not Kim Burrell‘s day.  Scratch that, so far 2017 isn’t Kim Burrell’s year.

The fiery gospel singer/pastor whose viral homophobic sermon landed her in hot water with former supporters, friends, activists, and even Ellen Degeneres (whose talk show Kim was due to visit in support of the ‘Hidden Figures’ soundtrack) now has a new enemy to add to the growing list:  Frank Ocean‘s mom Katonya Breaux Riley.

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2016 Year In Review: Frank Ocean & Maxwell’s Comebacks Fail To Live Up To Hype

Two of the year’s most-anticipated male releases fall flat?

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Scribbled in history books for some good and not-so-good reasons, 2016 brought with it some of modern music’s most memorable moments.

Now, as the year draws to a close, TGJ is reflecting on 31 moments that rocked – and to some degree shaped – the Urban and Pop musical landscape as we know it.

Next, we reflect on two of the year’s biggest letdowns…Frank Ocean‘s long-awaited comeback album ‘Blond’ and Maxwell‘s ‘blackSUMMERSnight’:

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Frank Ocean To Headline ‘Lovebox’

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Frank Ocean is to make his way to ‘Lovebox‘ to rock out as its headlining act!

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Frank Ocean Breaks Silence / Talks Bold Business Moves, Being An Introvert, Love, Sales, & More

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Frank Ocean and interviews are rarely used in the same sentence. However, an interview is exactly what the reclusive star granted the New York Times recently.

Speaking in support of new album ‘Blonde,’ the crooner made the rare chat count – expanding on topics such as his struggles with fame, feeling isolated by the people around him, record sales, his love life, and much more.

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Frank Ocean’s Surprise Album Release Backfires / Singer Reportedly Cannot Secure Physical Distribution

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Is Frank Ocean in the reddest of danger zones with new album ‘Blonde’?

According to a new report, the crooner has sunk into the deep end with the “surprise” release.

Find out how after the jump…

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Frank Ocean Attends White House State Dinner…In Vans

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Frank Ocean and his mother attended last night’s White House State Dinner in Washington D.C.

Seemingly unbothered by the Grammy nominations storm he is facing, the ‘Blond’ performer rubbed shoulders with Chance the Rapper, President Obama and First Lady Michelle at the function before he returns to the city of London.

The vocalist divides his time between the city and the U.S. and recorded the entire album at Abbey Road, once home to The Beatles‘ recording sessions.

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Frank Ocean Ineligible For 2017 Grammys / TGJ Weighs-Up Why

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Frank Ocean sent shockwaves throughout the music industry when he returned with visual LP ‘Endless’ and game-changing album ‘Blond’ following a four-year hiatus.

Unfortunately, those waves won’t be felt at the Grammys.

Find out why Ocean’s been flatlined below…

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Details On Frank Ocean’s Tumultuous Relationship With Def Jam Surface Online

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Following Rihanna’s departure from the label, Def Jam undoubtedly turned to Frank Ocean to lead the way for its promising yet commercially unfulfilled roster.

Unfortunately, it wasn’t long before he followed in the ‘ANTI’ purveyor’s footsteps and kicked the company to the curb.

Why?

A report on his feud with the label and its staff members below…

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Frank Ocean Fishing For Major Distribution Deal For ‘Blond’

Star Preps Physical Push For Sophomore Album

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Frank Ocean has that ‘Blond’ ambition.

The reclusive crooner rubbed many industry big wigs the wrong way when he pulled off a huge coup by completing his Universal contract with a streamed “visual album” only to release his actual sophomore set days later…independently.

Beyond that lucrative masterstroke, it appears the 28-year-old has major plans for ‘Blond.’

Because new reports reveal that he is actively seeking a distribution deal to further its reach.

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Frank Ocean’s ‘Blond’ Hits Spotify

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Following a two-week exclusive run on Apple Music, Frank Ocean‘s ‘Blond‘ has made its introspective way to Apple’s rival Spotify.

Good news for the latter’s hit-craving subscribers below…

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Chart Check [Billboard 200]: Frank Ocean Blasts To #1 With ‘Blond’

Singer/Songwriter Nabs 3rd Highest 1st Week Figure of 2016

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If sales are anything to judge by fans obviously thought Frank Ocean‘s sophomore album, ‘Blond,’ was worth the wait.

For, as we reported here, the singer/songwriter was set to top the charts with the album moving an impressive 225,000-250,000 units.  However, with the full tracking week behind us, refreshed news indicates the project – released independently as an Apple Music exclusive – exceeded its forecasted figures by a handsome sum.

Billboard reports:

Frank Ocean earns his first No. 1 on the Billboard 200 albums chart with the arrival of Blonde. The set, which was released on Aug. 20, bows atop the list with 276,000 equivalent album units earned in the week ending Aug. 25, according to Nielsen Music.

Blonde logs the third-largest debut of 2016, behind only the arrivals of Drake’sViews and Beyonce’s Lemonade.  Of Blonde’s start of 276,000 units, 232,000 were in traditional album sales, while the rest were SEA (44,000 units).

Only two albums started bigger than Blonde in 2016: Drake’s Views (1.04 million units earned in its debut frame) and Beyonce’s Lemonade (653,000). Blonde also logs the third-biggest sales start — behind, again, just Views (852,000 copies sold in its first week) and Lemonade (485,000).”

Check in below to find out where all of your other favorites landed under Ocean on this week’s refreshed TGJ Chart Check – Billboard 200:

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Frank Ocean Swims To First #1 With ‘Blond’ / Earns 3rd Highest Debut Of 2016

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Frank Ocean crowns a week of surprises with a definitive win atop of the Billboard 200.

Full story on how the crooner’s sophomore album ‘Blond’ blazed the charts after the jump…

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