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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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Frank Ocean Chaos K.O’s Lady Gaga’s Apple Music Exclusive

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Shockwaves continue to ripple through the industry following the release of Frank Ocean‘s new album ‘Blond.’

Most notable is Universal Music‘s ban on streaming exclusives, after the singer pulled off a colossal coup.

Because, as reported, Ocean fulfilled his contract with the corporate giant upon the soft launch of ‘Endless.’ A standalone visual effort. 48 hours later he’d go on to drop his actual sophomore album independently on Apple Music.

Word on the curb is that UMG had no clue. Hence the episode served as a catalyst for the the wielding of the ax on such exclusives.

Interestingly, the shenanigans appear to have impacted Lady Gaga‘s upcoming release.

Confused? All is explained after the jump…

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‘Blonde’ Bombshell: Frank Ocean Album Was Independently Released After Star Left Label

Singer Now Set For Huge Pay Day

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Frank Ocean is full of surprises.

The singer’s name has been a staple in the music sphere this week following the unannounced release of two albums – visual LP ‘Endless’ and sophomore effort ‘Blonde.’ 

Per projections, the latter is on course to not only open at #1 on the Billboard 200, but double the sales of its predecessor (2012’s ‘Channel Orange’) in the process.

There is also another compelling story playing out; one few had any clue about.

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The Predictions Are In! Frank Ocean ‘Blonde’ Set To Sell…

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Frank Ocean is set to fly straight to #1 on the Billboard 200 with sophomore album ‘Blonde.’

Unleashed as a surprise on Apple Music on Saturday, the LP followed pre-cursor project ‘Endless,’ which arrived 48 hours earlier.

Armed with the hype and the critical praise heaped on the project, what are its first week numbers looking like?

Wonder no more because the first forecast is out!

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Frank Ocean’s ‘Blond’ Hit By Copycat Claims

Star Accused Of Stealing ‘Blond’ Concept From TrapCry

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A spanner may have been thrown in Frank Ocean‘s creative works.

Find out why the ‘Solo‘ crooner has been slapped with copycat claims today below…

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Surprise! Frank Ocean Releases New Album ‘Blond’

Beyonce, Andre 3000, & Kendrick Lamar Join Star On 2nd LP

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Frank Ocean is full of surprises and moments ago he let loose the latest.

After much ado, the reclusive singer-songwriter released his official sophomore album ‘Blond’ on iTunes.

The premiere of the project takes place less than 48-hours after the crooner unwrapped a visual pre-cursor offering called ‘Endless.’

And while many scratched their heads at time, there is no confusion anymore. Because ‘Blond’ is here – to both buy and stream.

Joining Ocean on his new effort are the likes of Beyonce, Kendrick Lamar, and Kanye West.

What are you waiting for? Dive in below…

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New Video: Frank Ocean – ‘Nikes’

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Frank Ocean continues to the mysterious roll-out of his new album.

Less than 24 hours after debuting precursor project ‘Endless,’ the reclusive crooner has premiered the video for ‘Nikes.’

Believed to be the lead single from the true follow-up to ‘Channel Orange,’ the visual awaits below…

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Frank Ocean Readying Another Album Release

More Surprises On Horizon For Fans Of Reclusive Singer

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Fans of Frank Ocean are still catching their breath following the surprise debut of his new album ‘Endless.’ And, according to reports, there’s more titillating twists in store.

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