In a year filled with anticipated album releases, no album was more hotly anticipated than the new album from Frank Ocean. Ocean had been promoting the idea of a new album for some time, and constant delays made fans frustrated and excited at the same time, desperate for a follow up to Ocean’s beloved 2012 album, Channel Orange.
Fans need wait no longer, as Ocean has finally released new music. It began with August 19th’s release of the visual album Endless, and was followed up almost immediately with a full album called Blonde. Each is available through Apple Music.
Ocean’s reputation as an incredible singer and songwriter has not only given him a phenomenal amount of critical acclaim, but a modest fortune as well. His enviable career in music has made him worth quite a bit of money. Here’s what you need to know.
1. His Net Worth Has Been Estimated at Over $3 Million
There is some debate about the specific number relating to Ocean’s net worth. Some sites, such as The Richest and Go Net Worth, have claimed that Ocean’s work in music has led him to a net worth of approximately $3 million. But other sites, such as Celebrity Net Worth, are far more optimistic about Ocean’s earnings, putting his net worth at about $10 million.
2. His Latest Album, Blonde, is Expected To Top the Billboard 200 in Its First Week
Blonde has taken the music world by storm very quickly, with fans eager to lap up Ocean’s new music after so long a wait. And that buzz is about to be calculated in sales as well. Just a couple of days after Blonde was released, Billboard announced that the album was projected to debut at number 1 on the Billboard 200 chart. This is particularly impressive considering the album was released solely on Apple Music, as opposed to other streaming sites or a physical release. Still, iTunes and Apple Music sales alone led to a prediction that it would hit the top of the charts with the equivalent of anywhere form 225,000-250,000 albums sold.
3. He Has One Gold Album, As Well as a Platinum Single in His Career
Frank Ocean, due to his work with Odd Future and a solo EP, was an artist on the rise in 2012. It was that year he released Channel Orange, an album that resonated with critics and audiences alike. In its first week alone, it sold 131,000 copies, and ultimately went gold. His first official album was a smashing success.
Not content with album sales, Ocean has also done well with singles. The first single from Channel Orange, Thinkin Bout You, was certified platinum in 2013. This wasn’t his first single to see Billboard success; the song Novacane, from his EP nostalgia, ULTRA, peaked at 82 on the Billboard Hot 100.
4. He Has Written Songs For Notable Artists Since 2008, Including Beyonce and Justin Bieber
Ocean’s introduction to the music industry came in 2008, when he first got songwriting credits writing for major artists. Those early artists include Brandy and John Legend. In 2009, Ocean co-wrote Bigger, a song that appeared on Justin Bieber’s album My World.
Perhaps most notably, Ocean has collaborated on multiple occasions with Beyonce. He was one of the main songwriters on I Miss You, which appeared on her 2011 album 4. A couple of years later, they worked together once again for the song Superpower off her self-titled album. Ocean not only co-wrote the song, but appeared on it as well.
5. He Has Appeared On Hit Singles By Jay-Z and Kanye West
Ocean has been a part of several memorable albums. One other one was Watch the Throne, the collaborative album from Jay-Z and Kanye West. Ocean’s participation involved a feature on the song No Church in the Wild. That song was a single, charting on the Billboard Hot 100. In 2012, the year it was released, the single was certified gold. A few years later, in 2015, it was certified platinum.