On a break off his own tour, Frankie continued his live show streak during Lollapalooza in the Chi yesterday. Despite the storm, the festival went on and Mr. Ocean drenches the crowd with his standout track.
Frankie kept his channel ORANGE tour going last night at New York City’s Terminal 5. Above, he runs through the album’s track 9. If you weren’t in attendance, check out more clips from the show below.
In today’s Guardian, Frank finally broke silence on his letter, which he mentions he wrote last year, and was initially intended to include in his album’s liner notes. He also spoke on why he refrained on changing the lyrics in his songs.
“A lot of people have said that since that news came out. I suppose a percentage of that act was because of altruism; because I was thinking of how I wished at 13 or 14 there was somebody I looked up to who would have said something like that, who would have been transparent in that way. But there’s another side of it that’s just about my own sanity and my ability to feel like I’m living a life where I’m not just successful on paper, but sure that I’m happy when I wake up in the morning, and not with this freakin’ boulder on my chest.
I knew that I was writing in a way that people would ask questions. I knew that my star was rising, and I knew that if I waited I would always have somebody that I respected be able to encourage me to wait longer, to not say it till who knows when. It was important for me to know that when I go out on the road and I do these things, that I’m looking at people who are applauding because of an appreciation for me. I don’t have many secrets, so if you know that, and you’re still applauding … it may be some sort of sick validation but it was important to me. When I heard people talking about certain, you know, ‘pronouns’ in the writing of the record, I just wanted to – like I said on the post – offer some clarity; clarify, before the fire got too wild and the conversation became too unfocused and murky.
When you write a song like Forrest Gump, the subject can’t be androgynous. It requires an unnecessary amount of effort. I don’t fear anybody. So, to answer your question, yes, I could have easily changed the words. But for what? I just feel like it’s just another time now. I have no interest in contributing to that, especially with my art. It’s the one thing that I know will outlive me and outlive my feelings. It will outlive my depressive seasons.”
A week after the digital release of Frank Ocean’s solo debut Channel Orange, HDD estimates that the album sold 130, 945 copies. With the tangible version in stores today, expect the number to increase by next week. Official tally tomorrow.
UPDATE: #2 On Billboard with 131,000 copies.
Backed by The Roots, Frank made his national TV debut on Late Night With Jimmy Fallon and performed “Bad Religion”. Channel ORANGE is now on iTunes and arrives in stores next Tuesday.