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Frank Ocean’s Spread & Interview In GQ; Speaks On Past Issues With Def Jam & Crying After Confirming His Bisexuality

Singer and songwriter Frank Ocean name has been in the media ever since confirming his bisexuality this past summer. His Channel Orange album also topped the charts. When you’re in the public eyes, it is so hard to live your private life. I respect any man who is comfortable enough in his own skin to share his sexual and personal life with the general public. Ocean is currently working on projects with Alicia Keys and Beyoncé. He is also gearing up to embark on an European tour. The Def Jam signer is featured in the latest issue of GQ Magazine. Inside, he speaks on his past issues with his record label, moving from New Orleans to L.A., crying after confirming his bisexuality and much more. Below are some excerpts:

On moving from New Orleans to L.A. with just $1,100 in his pocket:
I had been putting together these demos that I was going to properly record in a real studio in L.A. So I saved up money doing Sheetrocking, and I drove out with my girlfriend at the time. I was only supposed to be there for six weeks. I don’t feel like I ever made a conscious decision to stay six years. You just kind of roll. The first four and a half years was me in the studio every day, writing songs for other people.

On how he started writing songs for Brandy, Justin Bieber and John Legend:
We’re talking about hundreds of things that happened. One night, I went to a listening party just to pick up my backpack from a friend. Next thing I know, I’m in this studio, and everybody’s putting their laptops on the pool table, playing songs through these big-ass speakers. It was crazy. And they wanted me to play, so I plugged in, and they were like, “Oh shit.” There were producers there, and they said, “You should come up to the studio and write.” So I did. I’d sit in those rooms for hours.

On Def Jam reportedly signed him as a recording artist in 2009 but didn’t open up its checkbook at that point to help him record and meeting Odd Future:
I was at a real dark time in my life when I met them. I was looking for just a reprieve. At 20 or 21, I had, I think, a couple hundred thousand dollars [from producing and songwriting], a nice car, a Beverly Hills apartment—and I was miserable. Because of the relationship in part and the heartbreak in part, and also just miserable because of like just carting that around. And here was this group of like-minded individuals whose irreverence made me revere. The do-it-yourself mentality of OF really rubbed off on me.

They inspired you to record your first album, Nostalgia, Ultra, on your  own dime and release it for free, right?  Def Jam had signed Lonny Breaux,  then this Frank Ocean guy puts out an  Internet sensation that makes a lot  of best-albums lists. When they tried to sign you again, was it satisfying to say,“Oh, you already have”?
Yeah, I just told them, “Give me $1 million if you want the next album.”

Source GQ | Pictures Peggy Sirota

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Singer & Reality Star K. Michelle Inks Major Record Deal With Warner Bros

Finally, someone capitalized off of Love & Hip Hop! Singer K. Michelle (was formerly signed to Jive Records but was let out of her contractual agreement because she was allegedly abused by her former boyfriend and Jive’s A&R Memphitz) has signed a major record deal with Warner Bros Records. The Southern R&B/Soul singer told Singer Room, “I’m just really blessed to get a second chance. I have so much to sing about and so many stories to tell. I may not be the most polished or prissy R&B singer, but I do feel that I am the voice of a lot of women who don’t have a voice.”

Over the years, K. Michelle released three mixtapes including, What’s the 901?, For Colored Girls/Pre-Pain Medicine and Signed, Sealed, and Delivered. She has also collaborated with the likes of R. Kelly, Usher, Gucci Mane, and Missy Elliott. Congrats K. Michelle, welcome to the music industry, give it all you have and take your talents pass the stars.

Source: Singer Room

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Chris Brown Styles In A Designer Outfit Worth More Than $4,000

Over this past weekend, Sunday (November 18), the 40th annual American Music Awards was held at the Nokia Theatre in Los Angeles. Singer Chris Brown was in attendance and he performed for the live televised event. Before the main event, Breezy walked the red carpet in a 99% Is Hooded Leather Jacket which is available on Opening Ceremony’s online shop for $1,275. He layered his jacket over a white tee-shirt pair with $2,450 Belstaff Telford In Biker Leather Pants. Breezy completed his outfit with a pair of $129 Maison Martin Margiela x H&M high-top sneakers. He also accessorized his outfit with some oversized sunglasses, gold rings and a watch. Breezy grand total just for the jacket, pants and sneakers is $3,850. The grand total does not include the accessories but if I was to add the accessories, Breezy’s entire fit will be over $4,000.

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Rihanna Wears A $598 Supreme Leather Down Jacket Paired With Ripped Jeans & Air Jordan Sneakers

Riri is close to wrapping up her ‘777’ tour which stopped in seven different countries in seven days. Over this past weekend, the  pop singer took some downtime in Paris. After landing at Charles de Gaulle Airport in the French capital, Riri took advantage of the duty-free shopping and visited some upscale boutiques including La Perla and Chantal Thomass. Riri was looking very stylish in a $598 Supreme Leather Down Jacket and ripped jeans paired with Air Jordan sneakers. This jacket is from the brand’s Fall/Winter 2012 collection and is available on Supreme’s online shop.

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New Music: Rockie Fresh “I’m Wit It”

MMG rapper Rockie Fresh is gearing up to drop his new mixtape, Electric Highway and to promote the project, the 21-year-old Chicago emcee released the first single from the mixtape called “I’m Wit It”. On the track, he reps for his hometown and raps about the good life that he lives. D. Rich handled the production! Listen below:

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A Lot Of A$$ In This Reality Issue: K. Michelle & Brooke Bailey Cover KING Magazine

King Magazine’s Winter 2013 issue hits newsstand next month and on the covers Love & Hop Hop: Atlanta reality star K. Michelle and Basketball Wives: LA reality star Brooke Bailey are showing  a lot of a$$. K. Michelle is also a singer and she recently signed a deal with Warner Bros. Records. Which cover do you like the best?

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