Earlier this week Frank Ocean called into BBC Radio 1 in London for his first interview since the early release of his ‘Channel Orange‘ album. He discussed his decision to release the album early and why he has been selective when it comes to live performances.
When asked if he planned on releasing the album a week early all along, he responded:
It was actually the plan all along. I kinda wanted to mirror what Jay and Kanye did with Watch The Throne, preventing the leak by staggering the digital and physical dates. My thing was, I wanted all the promotional elements to be, retroactive, but kinda follow the album with the videos and the tour and do everything after. And kinda just let the music speak for itself for a second and not be in a situation where the record leaks. So it was always my plan to drop it ahead of [the physical date] and we [meaning my management and the label] have been going through a lot to make sure it went down seamlessly and it did. So I’m happy it went cool.
On why he has been selective when it comes to live performances:
I want to give the best show possible when I can and put myself in a position to just do my best. So if that means a lesser volume of appearances then so be it. I’m in this thing, whatever it is, I hate to call it a game because I take it pretty seriously but I’m in it for as long as I’m allowed to be. It’s not about ‘let’s do a million things right now’. Its about ‘let’s just do our best to do the best things right now’.
In other news, Target released a statement earlier this week on their decision not to carry Frank’s album:
At Target, we focus on offering our guests a wide assortment of physical CDs, so our selection of new releases is dedicated to physical CDs rather than titles that are released digitally in advance of the street date.
Hmmm… do you think that is the REAL reason or did it have something to do with his admission of bi-sexuality???
Check out the full interview here.