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11 Songs That Break Barriers

October 19th, 2014 4:00pm EDT
11 Songs That Break Barriers
Sometimes, you have to take a stand. Taking a stand isn’t always a popular move, nor is it always personally lucrative. Musically, ‘taking a stand’ often means that musicians promote an unpopular or not oft tread platform, theme, or cause. That means ultimately, these bold musicians look to break barriers and pave the way for acceptance, tolerance, and otherwise. Here are 13 songs that break barriers of some sort.

1) Hozier, “Take Me To Church” (Hozier, 2014)

“Take Me To Church” is nothing short of brilliant and progressive. Hozier makes sex sound sanctified, brings light to ...
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Frank Ocean Reveals He's Working On Second Album

March 26th, 2014 4:01pm EDT
Frank Ocean
Frank Ocean is hard at work on the follow-up album to the award-winning Channel Orange.

Ocean posted a photo of himself working in a studio to his official Tumblr page. The photographer, Nabil, later shared the same photo on Instagram with the caption, "Frank in the lab.. Making sophomore album game."

Ocean's debut album came out almost two years ago. At the time, the album's canceled album notes captured more headlines than the music did. Ocean infamously revealed he was bisexual in the notes, which were instead published online.

Once the firestorm around his sexuality died down, Ocea...
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Frank Ocean's Cousin Sues Chris Brown Over Parking Space Brawl

August 14th, 2013 8:37am EDT
Chris Brown
Frank Ocean's cousin is suing Chris Brown, accusing the star's bodyguard of beating him up during a fight between the two singers earlier this year.

Police were called to the scene after the stars and their entourages got into an altercation over a parking spot outside the Westlake Studio in West Hollywood in January.

Ocean filed a battery report against Brown but later dropped it. However, his cousing Sha' Keir Duarte has filed a lawsuit agains Brown for assault, battery, intentional infliction of emotional distress and conspiracy to commit battery, claiming Brown encouraged his bodyguar...
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Weekly Celebrity Twitter Roundup : Frank Ocean & Chris Brown Still Feuding, Notes To The Rock & More!

July 27th, 2013 10:30am EDT
Chris Brown, Frank Ocean
Frank Ocean and Chris Brown to continue their feud, which started after Brown made a comment about Ocean after leaving a club in Cannes.

The beef between @ChrisBrown & Frank Ocean not ending any time soon. Read lyrics to Frank's new song: http://t.co/xEvYfxSMuJ

— On Air/Ryan Seacrest (@OnAirWithRyan) July 26, 2013

The Rock gets a notice from the police - but not the kind you'd expect.

Got this note from a cop I've never met. Means a great deal to me Jon. Be safe out there & thank you for all you do. pic.twitter.com/iSkWXByDwN

— Dwayne Johnson (@TheRock) July 26, 2013

Seth Ro...
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Frank Ocean Scraps Australian Tour After Vocal Cord Tear

July 26th, 2013 12:17pm EDT
Frank Ocean
Frank Ocean has canceled the remaining dates of his tour Down Under after suffering a tear to one of his vocal cords.

On Thursday night, the R&B singer launched his series of shows in Melbourne, however he battled throat problems throughout his first performance, and sought medical help as soon as he stepped off stage.

The 25 year-old singer was diagnosed with a vocal cord tear and he has axed the rest of his Australian tour, including planned performances in Sydney and at the Splendour in the Grass music festival.

A statement from concert promoters Live Nation reads, "(We) regret to a...
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Beck And Frank Ocean Lead 2013 O Music Awards Nominations

May 16th, 2013 7:37pm EDT
Beck
Beck and Frank Ocean have been tipped for success at the 2013 O Music Awards after landing two nominations each.

Four-time platinum artist Beck earned an Analog Genius Award nomination and a mention for Best Interactive Music Video thanks to his collaboration with Chris Milk, Sound and Vision.

The Digital Genius Award will be a competition between South Korean rapper Psy, Yoko Ono, will.i.am, Trent Reznor and Pussy Riot, and the Fan Army prize will be a tight race between the loyal followers chasing after the likes of Justin Bieber, Beyonce, Ed Sheeran, Adam Lambert, Demi Lovato and Sele...
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TIME 100 Gala Red Carpet Pics - Christina Aguilera, Claire Danes, Frank Ocean & More!

April 24th, 2013 9:21am EDT
Christina Aguilera
Earlier this week TIME magazine released its "TIME 100," a list of the of the 100 most influential people in the world. The 2013 list includes many Hollywood A-listers, including Jennifer Lawrence ("Silver Linings Playbook"), Lena Dunham ("Girls"), Bryan Cranston ("Breaking Bad") and Steven Spielberg ("Lincoln").

Several of music's hottest stars are also part of the prestigious TIME 100, including Jay-Z, Beyonce, Christina Aguilera and Frank Ocean.

New York City was swarming with celebrities who attended the TIME 100 Gala at Lincoln Center on Tuesday. Barbara Walters, Claire Danes and Pad...
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TIME Releases '100 Most Influential People' List With Jay-Z & Jennifer Lawrence On Two Of Seven Covers

April 18th, 2013 8:00pm EDT
Jay-Z covers Time magazine
100, a list of the 100 most influential people in the world. The issue features seven different covers for the first time ever, including two showcasing entertainers: hip-hop artist Jay-Z and actress Jennifer Lawrence.

Editors selected guest contributors to write about the honorees. New York City mayor Michael Bloomberg said of the hip-hop star: "He's never forgotten his roots—'Empire State of Mind' was a love song to our city—and as a co-owner of the NBA Nets, he helped bring a major league sports team back to Brooklyn, not far from his old neighborhood.

Bloomberg added, "In nearly every...
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OUT Magazine's Annual List Of Influential Gay Personalities Includes Frank Ocean, Ellen DeGeneres

April 11th, 2013 8:44pm EDT
Frank Ocean
This year's OUT Power list is... well, out. For those who don't know, OUT is the most popular and prolific magazine about Gay fashion, society and culture. Every year, OUT ranks the most powerful gay individuals in America and does a quick blurb about them and their achievements.

Of course, there are individuals that we all know from television and Hollywood, like Ellen Degeneres or Anderson Cooper, but other men and women of note are Tim Cook (Apple CEO), Senator Tammy Baldwin (D-WI) and motivational speaker Suze Orman. 

Other individuals who have made the top fifty list:

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Frank Ocean Sued For Copyright Infringement

March 9th, 2013 11:30am EST
Frank Ocean
A songwriter is suing Frank Ocean over his track "Lost." Micah Otano claims he collaborated with producer Malay to write "Daylight," but never received credit for his work when it was allegedly renamed and included on the Grammy winner's debut studio album, "Channel Orange."

According to AllHipHop.com, on Wednesday, Otano filed a copyright lawsuit at the U.S. District Court in California, seeking undisclosed damages and back royalties,

Ocean has yet to comment on the lawsuit.

Ocean recently won International Male Solo Artist at the BRIT Awards. He also won a Grammy for urban contemporary...
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BRIT Awards Winners & Fashion: Emeli Sande, Jessie J, Taylor Swift & More!

February 21st, 2013 8:37am EST
Taylor Swift
London was popping on Wednesday night as singers turned out for the annual BRIT Awards. Rock group Muse kicked off the show with a pyrotechnic-packed performance of their anthem "Supremacy."

Scottish singer Emeli Sande scooped up two prizes: "British Female Solo Artist" and "British Album" for "Our Version Of Events." The singer told the crowd after accepting her first trophy from presenter Taylor Swift: "Wow this feels amazing. This is incredible." She later called herself "a very unlikely pop star."

Singer-songwriter Ben Howard also won two awards: "British Breakthrough Act" and "Britis...
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Frank Ocean Wins Over Chris Brown At Grammys

February 11th, 2013 11:07am EST
Frank Ocean
Frank Ocean many have had the last laugh over Chris Brown when he won the Grammy for urban contemporary album for his critically acclaimed Channel Orange.

Viewers of the telecast spotted Brown not joining in the celebration, however - while he was sitting and clapping for Ocean's victory, the rest of the audience was giving him a standing ovation. Check out the video below.

Ocean and Brown brawled back in January over a parking space (only in L.A.), which resulted in a police investigation. Ocean was listed as the "victim" in the report, as he stayed behind to talk to the cops while Brown...
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Official Report: Frank Ocean Threatened By Chris Brown, Called Gay Slur

February 6th, 2013 1:07pm EST
Chris Brown Frank Ocean
In the official incident report filed by L.A. police, Frank Ocean claims he was threatened by Chris Brown and called a gay slur.

The documentation was written on the information Ocean gave to police when they arrived following a brawl over a parking space between his and Chris Brown's posse.

Ocean told cops Brown said "We can bust on you too," a slang for shooting. He also claimed he was punched by Brown, and the rapper's group then entered the fray. At some point Ocean was called a "faggot," although he could not positively identify who said it.

Frank Ocean has since said he has no plan...
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Frank Ocean To Drop Charges Against Chris Brown

February 3rd, 2013 9:07pm EST
Frank Ocean Chris Brown
Frank Ocean is planning to drop assault charges against fellow R&B singer Chris Brown following their altercation in Los Angeles last week. 

The two stars and their entourages reportedly clashed over a parking space outside the Westlake Studio in West Hollywood, and police were called to the scene. 

Ocean later took to his Twitter.com page to complain about the incident, claiming that he was "jumped" by Brown and left with a hand injury. 

He wrote, "Got jumped by Chris and a couple guys. Lol (laugh out loud)... Cut my finger now I can't play with two hands at the Grammys." 

Ocean named ...
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Chris Brown's Hand Is In A Cast Following Fight With Frank Ocean

January 30th, 2013 10:07am EST
Chris Brown
After getting into an altercation with fellow R&B star Frank Ocean over the weekend, Chris Brown has made his first public appearance.

The singer was photographed leaving his house on Tuesday with a cast covering his right hand and knuckles.

Brown and Ocean fought over a parking space outside Westlake Recording Studio in West Hollywood, Calif., on Sunday night. Ocean was hospitalized with minor injuries to his hand, and now it appears that Brown was also wounded in the altercation.

Brown has since been named as a suspect in a battery report, but, according to TMZ.com, his lawyer Mark Ger...
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Frank Ocean Wants Charges Filed Against Chris Brown Over Brawl

January 29th, 2013 8:41am EST
Frank Ocean & Chris Brown
Singer Frank Ocean wants to press charges against Chris Brown after they fought over a parking space at the Westlake recording studio in West Hollywood on Sunday.

Following the incident, Ocean tweeted that he "got jumped by chris and a couple guys."

Ocean sustained a cut to his finger in the incident and initially declined to press charges; however, on Monday Los Angeles County Sheriff officials insisted on investigating the incident. Now it appears Ocean has changed his mind and wants Brown prosecuted for the fight.

Police spokesman Steve Whitmore told the Los Angeles Times newspaper, "...
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Chris Brown And Frank Ocean Brawl In L.A.

January 28th, 2013 1:03pm EST
Frank Ocean and Chris Brown
Musicians Chris Brown and Frank Ocean got into an all-out brawl Sunday night at an L.A. recording studio over a parking space.

According to sources who spoke to TMZ, Ocean blocked in Brown's car in the parking lot and declared "This is my studio, this is my parking spot." That's when Brown reached to shake Ocean's hand, before their two posses rushed in and began fighting.

Police arrived on the scene to find only Ocean's side in the parking lot; Brown had already fled the scene. Ocean is currently listed as the "victim" in the police report because he stuck around to speak with authoritie...
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Frank Ocean Tweets About Pot Bust

January 6th, 2013 6:07pm EST
Frank Ocean
Singer Frank Ocean has made light of his recent run in with the law for marijuana possession in several posts on Twitter.com. 

The star was pulled over for speeding on New Year's Eve in California and officers searched the black BMW after reportedly smelling pot. 

The cops found a small bag of the drug and the star was reportedly cited for marijuana possession, having tinted windows, and driving on a suspended license. 

The star has now addressed his legal woes in a mocking message on the social network site, writing, "hi guys, i smoke pot. ok guys, bye. hi guys, i drive a m3. that b**ch...
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The Top 10 Breakout Stars Of 2012

December 18th, 2012 4:07pm EST
Ginnifer Goodwin
With every year comes a new crop of stars appearing on our radar and making entertainment headlines. Some of them are new to the scene, but most are finally getting their big break after years of hard work. Here are the Top 10 Breakout Stars of 2012.

Ginnifer Goodwin: Ginnifer made waves starring in He's Just Not That into You and Big Love, but now she's star of TV hit Once Upon A Time, where she plays Snow White. Expect some huge roles soon.

Frank Ocean: Ocean has been behind many hits as a songwriter, haven written songs for Justin Bieber, John Legend, Brandy, and Beyoncé Knowles as...
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Chris Brown Comments About Frank Ocean's Sexuality

July 31st, 2012 8:38am EDT
Chris Brown
Earlier this month, Frank Ocean revealed he was gay, and most of the reactions from fellow singers and fans have been positive. Leave it to Chris Brown to stir up some controversy.

While leaving a nightclub in Cannes over the weekend, Brown is reported to have commented on a question relating to Ocean, saying simply: "man, no homo."

Then Brown tried to clear things up on Twitter, insisting he wasn't trying to offend Ocean. He wrote, "My Opinion on the whole Frank Ocean subject is ......... Love who u wanna love. It's ur decision. People stop searching for BS."

Brown has a history of mak...
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50 Cent Backpedals On Anti-Gay Stance, Supports Frank Ocean & Gay Marriage

July 17th, 2012 8:31am EDT
50 Cent
In the past 50 Cent has made repeated homophobic comments, but it appears he has changed his stance. The rapper is now standing behind Frank Ocean, who revealed a few weeks ago that his first love was a man.

50 Cent told MTV UK, "Anyone that has an issue with Frank Ocean is an idiot. I think Frank Ocean is a talented artist, I think he's created material that made me know his name, that impressed me … The more successful that project is now, it's going to leave people in the position where they can actually say: 'Look, I'm gay.'"

He added, "You can call it brave or you can call it marketi...
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Was Kanye West Frank Ocean's Unnamed Lover?

July 12th, 2012 7:09pm EDT
Kanye West and Kim Kardashian
It's the latest rumor in music: after Frank Ocean made a heartfelt revelation that he had a gay relationship when he was 19, everyone had been wondering if the unnamed man mentioned was a celebrity. There's even a growing belief that it's Kanye West, who helped mentor the singer.

However, Ocean's post says he and his lover were both 19 - and his lover was also with a woman at the time. In reality, West is 6 years older than Ocean... but some say he changed the aged to help protect the man's identity.

Ocean kicked West off the production of his debut album Channel Orange, citing he wanted...
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Target Won't Carry Frank Ocean's 'Channel Orange'

July 12th, 2012 3:03pm EDT
Frank Ocean
Target has declined to order any physical copies of Frank Ocean's debut Channel Orange, in a move that some say point to an anti-gay bias. But the company says that's not the case.

Higher-ups have explained that Target refused to carry the title following the move to release it early on iTunes. "... our selection of new releases is dedicated to physical CDs rather than titles that are released digitally in advance of the street date," the company said in a statement to MTV News.

Ocean's manager lashed out in a now-deleted tweet, "Target has refused to carry Frank's album because of iTunes...
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Frank Ocean's 'Channel Orange' Released On iTunes Today - Did He Reveal Sexuality For The Publicity?

July 10th, 2012 12:07pm EDT
Frank Ocean
When Frank Ocean revealed that he was gay - or at least bisexual - on July 4th, there were two reactions: "Oh wow," and "Who?" Admittedly, Ocean's work was mainly behind the scenes as a writer (Justin Bieber, John Legend) and his releases were underground but critically hailed within the hip-hop community.

Now, Frank Ocean's first wide release, Channel Orange, is hitting iTunes a week before its physical debut. So did he reveal his sexuality for the publicity, or is there more to it?

The reveal did bring Frank Ocean tons of attention, thanks to a rap/R&B community that has been staunchly ...
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Frank Ocean's 'Channel Orange' Drops Today

July 10th, 2012 10:24am EDT
Frank Ocean
Hip hop star Frank Ocean, who recently confessed he has been in love with a man, dropped his new album "Channel Orange" today.

The singer made an appearance on "Jimmy Fallon" last night, performing "Bad Religion" with The Roots.

He wrote on Twitter, "Back in Los Angeles already. Had fun on Fallon. Thanks to everybody that was a part of it. channel orange. channel orange. channel orange.”

Several fans came forward to support the star after he came out. Last week Beyonce posted an image of Ocean with the words: "Be fearless. Be honest. Be generous. Be brave. Be poetic. Be open. Be free. B...
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Beyonce Shows Support For Frank Ocean With Blog Post

July 9th, 2012 8:20pm EDT
Beyonce
Beyonce has come out in support of Hip-Hop/R&B star Frank Ocean, who opened up about his sexuality and revealed that his first love was a man on his Tumbler page last week.

In a new post on her website, the singer, whose song "I Miss You" was written by the Odd Future member, posted an image of Ocean with some simple, strong words written on it.

"Be fearless. Be honest. Be generous. Be brave. Be poetic. Be open. Be free. Be yourself. Be in love. Be happy. Be inspiration," she wrote.

Ocean's own post, which shocked the music world, read, "4 summers ago, I met somebody. I was 19 years old....
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Frank Ocean Opens Up About Sexuality, But Does It Matter?

July 5th, 2012 9:52am EDT
Frank Ocean reveals his first love was a man
Yesterday, the twitter/music world was taken by storm with the news of media darling R&B singer Frank Ocean, confessing in a Tumblr post that he has in the past, been in love with a man, and has been struggling with his feelings for the man for years. The news came late last night and took the music world by storm with varied reaction. Many showcased their love for Ocean, and many, of course, shouted slurs and even began the ever-predictable Bible thumping. But my question today is why does it matter what his sexual orientation is?

A large chunk of his supporters are his fans, and others ...
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