Christopher Francis Ocean (born Christopher Breaux; October 28, 1987), better known by his stage name Frank Ocean, is an American singer-songwriter and occasional rapper from New Orleans, Louisiana. Ocean made an early career as a ghost-writer for artists such as Bridget Kelly and John Legend. In early 2011 he became a member of OFWGKTA, though he is often mistaken for an affiliate because of his "different sound" from the rest of the collective. He made three appearances on the Tyler, the Creator album Goblin, including the single "She" and two appearances on MellowHype''s album BlackenedWhite, both of which are Odd Future releases. In February 2011, he released his debut mixtape Nostalgia, Ultra to critical acclaim. He released two singles; "Novacane" and "Swim Good". Both singles achieved chart success. Ocean went on a 7 show tour through North America and Europe promoting the mixtape. The mixtape caught the interest of recording artists such as Kanye West, BeyoncÃ© Knowles and Jay-Z, and he appeared on Watch the Throne. He wrote the popular track "Thinking About You" for Bridget Kelly. On January 5, 2012, the BBC announced that he had finished in second place in the BBC''s Sound of 2012 poll. Ocean is currently working on his debut studio album, set to be released in the first half of 2012, and will appear at Coachella 2012.
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