Frank Ocean: I Wanted To Mirror Jay-Z And Kanye West On ‘Channel Orange’

Frank Ocean shocked fans and music critics earlier this week when he released his new album Channel Orange a week early.

But it seems that it was Oceans clever plan all along…

The singer, who appeared on Radio 1 last night (July 12) told Zane Lowe that the move was an anti-piracy tip he learned from Jay-Z and Kanye West.

“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 digital and physical dates,” Ocean told Lowe.

“I wanted all the promotional elements to follow the album, with the videos and the tour, and do everything after and let the music speak for itself.”

Ocean, who recently appeared on Beyonce and Jay-Z’s albums, said he wanted to keep the number of collaborations down on Channel Orange because he wanted to be about him.

“It was important for me to do the project with a limited amount of people and I got the opportunity, which I value so greatly, to sit with some of my creative heroes and play them the songs in different stages of completion and get input and get feedback. I tried to make something that was true to what I heard in my head and true to what I thought the future should be for me music-wise.”

Channel Orange features contributions from Outkast’s Andre 3000, Odd Future ‘s Earl Sweatshirt and John Mayer.

Frank Ocean recently opened up about his sexuality by revealing that his first love was a man. The singer was planning to publish the letter in the notes for new album Channel Orange, but posted it online at the start of the month.

You can read our Frank Ocean Channel Orange REVIEW here.