Frank Ocean is a singer, songwriter, and also a photographer who rose to fame through his mixtape Nostalgia, Ultra in the year 2011. He also can rap, write songs, play guitar and keyboard. His songs and albums have garnered critical acclaim for its uniqueness, and they have also topped many charts on its debut in both the US and the UK. Continue reading to know more about the life, career, and net worth of Frank Ocean in 2018.
Early Life & Biography
Frank Ocean’s birth name is Christopher Edwin Breaux. He was born on October 28, 1987, in Long Beach, California. When he was five years old, he along with his parents Calvin Edward Cooksey and Katonya Breaux moved to New Orleans.
Frank got interested in music as he grew up listening to artist like Anita Baker and Celine Dion. He did many household works in his neighborhood like washing cars and leveling grass to save money by renting a studio. Frank later joined the University of New Orleans and was forced to transfer to the University of Louisiana due to hurricane Katrina.
He changed his name to Frank Ocean in April 2015, and many reports claim that he did that as he was very much inspired by the film Ocean’s 11. In 2012, he publically announced that he was a homosexual and the announcement was appreciated by many celebrities including Beyonce, Russell Simmons, and Jay Z. Frank’s father sued him for $14.5 million as he claimed that his father infused transphobia to him when he was six. The case went in favor of Frank as there was not enough evidence to support his father’s allegation.
Career, Awards & Nominations
Frank Ocean moved to Los Angeles as his recording studio in New Orleans was badly damaged by the Hurricane Katrina. Though he intended only to stay in LA for six weeks, the contacts he developed there made him stay further. During his time there he wrote for other artists including Beyonce, Justin Bieber, and Brandy and in 2009 joined the hip-hop group Odd Future through which he signed for Def Jam Recordings.
In February 2011, he released his debut mixtape Nostalgia, Ultra which was very well received by both the audience and the critics. He won the Attitude Magazine’s Artist of the Year award and the GQ Award’s Rookie of the Year Award.
In April 2012, Frank released the lead single Thinkin Bout You of his debut album Channel Orange followed by the album itself. The album became a huge hit and garnered Frank six Grammy nominations. He won the international male artist award at the Brit Awards, Outstanding Music Artist award at the GLAAD Media Awards, the Webby awards, and the mtvU Man of the Year award for the album.
Frank Ocean worked with Tyler, the Creator, Pharrell Williams, and Danger Mouse for his second album titled Endless. The visual album was released on Apple Music in August 2016 few days after which he released his third studio album Blonde which was also a very huge hit that garnered him the International Male Artist of the Year Award at the NME Awards in 2017.
Net Worth & Earnings
The talented singer managed a profit of $1 million from the first week sales of his third studio album Blonde. He is said to have earned around $700,000 from his debut mixtape and around $800,000 through his debut album. His current estimated net worth is $12 million.
Frank Ocean is also a photographer who published a magazine along with his album Blonde in 2016. He participated as a photographer at the Met Gala event by Vogue in 2017 and has also made two covers for the magazine i-D. With more exciting projects lined up, Frank is expected to add more digits to this net worth in the future.