Frank Ocean performs in US for first time since 2014

The experimental R&B musician Frank Ocean has struggled with the limelight since the success of his debut album, “Channel Orange,” which was released in 2012. He rose to prominence via the Los Angeles-based rap collective, Odd Future, and took the world by storm with his minimal, post futuristic style of R&B, soul music. The album was certified gold and won Ocean a Grammy for Best Urban Contemporary Album.

Soon after “Channel Orange” was released, Ocean fell into silence for some time amid rumors that he was unhappy with the major label music industry. In 2014, the artist fired his entire management and publicity team. Rumors of a new album surfaced and then dissipated during his hiatus, but he finally returned in August 2016 with his sophomore album, “Blonde,” which was self-released. Nonetheless, before Ocean could be freed from his contract from Def Jam, the 29-year-old artist had to deliver one more piece of music, “Endless,” a 45-minute visual album that was released Aug. 19, 2017. “Blonde” was released the very next day on Aug. 20 and debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard Top 200, selling 232,000 traditional units of music. This was a great success, but the success of the album fed the feud and Ocean’s dissatisfaction with the major label industry.

In 2016, Ocean criticized the Grammys by making public his plans to not attend the 2016 award show. He and the awards producers had a few words for each other via his Tumblr page and the press. Because of these rocky experiences, and Ocean’s determination to release music on his own terms, he began canceling major performances such as the Primavera Festival in Barcelona, Spain. When the major label industry is criticized by an artist, the artist will almost certainly receive pressure and negative treatment from music industry professionals and sponsors. Ocean has never spoken about his string of canceled shows, but on the fateful night of Aug. 22, 2017, he finally returned to the…

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