Frank Ocean releases surprise cover of "Moon River" for his huckleberry friends

Way back in November, we reported that Frank Ocean seemed to be teasing some new music, implying in a jokey Tumblr post that he was sitting on a new album that he hadn’t gotten around to releasing just yet. Ocean still hasn’t dropped a new album, but late last night he did put a surprise new release up on his YouTube…

Jay Z and Tyler, The Creator ride along on Frank Ocean’s latest single, “Biking”

Frank Ocean released another episode of his Beats 1 show Blonded Radio last night, dropping a 90-minute playlist of everything from Death Grips and Young Thug to The Doobie Brothers and Patti LaBelle. Just like the last time he took to the Apple mic, though, Ocean finished his show up with a new single, this one…

Solange is also anti-Grammys after Beyoncé’s loss

Before last night’s Grammys aired, Frank Ocean posted an essay on Tumblr, which expanded on why he avoided having anything to do with the ceremony. Ocean highlighted the “cultural bias” of a show that last year honored Taylor Swift’s 1989 over Kendrick Lamar’s To Pimp A Butterfly. His words gained new relevance after…

Nine Inch Nails, Frank Ocean, Tame Impala to headline NYC’s Panorama fest

Nine Inch Nails, Frank Ocean, and A Tribe Called Quest are among the acts set to play Panorama, New York’s answer to Coachella. The festival, which takes place on Randall’s Island at the end of July, unveiled its lineup today. In addition to the aforementioned acts, it will feature Solange, Tame Impala, Alt-J, Belle &…

Always room for improvement: 17 resolutions for pop culture in 2017

As we enter a New Year, it’s time for each of us to take unflinching stock of ourselves, then reflect upon the aspects that could stand to be improved so that we might all lead lives that are happier, healthier, and more productive. But frankly, that sounds too hard. So let’s think about how pop culture can better…

The year that broke: 16 ways 2016 let us down

The “Fuck 2016” meme didn’t emerge from a void (although it could have, given the current media climate), but rather from the ceaseless parade of jaw-dropping absurdity that’s delivered primarily on social media and is still technically referred to as “the news.” If 2015 was a year defined by outrage, the prevailing…

The A.V. Club’s 20 best albums of 2016

There’s no easy way to summarize the year in music given how much of it took us by surprise. High-profile albums would be announced with little warning, arriving on streaming services in a flash, and dominate the cultural conversation until the next one came along. Similarly, some of the most innovative names in music…

Frank Ocean talks skipping the Grammys and splitting with Def Jam in rare new interview

Famously reclusive musical superstar Frank Ocean gave a rare interview to the New York Times this week, speaking publicly for the first time since the twin release of his Def Jam-promoted visual album, Endless, and his self-released Blonde earlier this year. In the process, Ocean talked about skipping this year’s…

Kanye West threatens to skip Grammys if Frank Ocean isn’t nominated

The 23-city extension of his Saint Pablo tour will keep Kanye West plenty busy for the rest of the year, so he had to a little multitasking at Saturday’s show in Oakland. The Life Of Pablo artist was campaigning for a Grammy nomination. Not for his own 2016 album—which he originally claimed would never be for sale,…

McDonald’s has beef with Kanye West over his ode to French fries

Kanye West is no stranger to controversial art, whether he’s draping nude celebrity stand-ins over each other in an attempt to say something, anything about being famous, or just struggling to accurately represent the greatness of his musical achievements. But the Life Of Pablo rapper probably wasn’t expecting to stir…

Frank Ocean releases new music video, is probably just screwing with us at this point

It’s been a great weekend for people interested in new Frank Ocean video content—and kind of a mindscrew for anyone who just wants him to get it over with and release the new album, already. Yesterday, we reported that the Channel Orange rapper had just released a new visual album, titled Endless, via Apple Music,…