Christopher Francis Ocean (born Christopher Breaux; October 28, 1987), better known by his stage name Frank Ocean, is an American singer-songwriter from New Orleans, Louisiana. Ocean's early career was as a ghostwriter for artists such as Brandy, Justin Bieber, and John Legend. In 2010, he became a member of alternative hip hop collective OFWGKTA, and his debut mixtape, Nostalgia, Ultra, was released the following year to critical acclaim. He released two singles: 'Novacane' and 'Swim Good', which both achieved chart success. The mixtape gained the interest of recording artists such as Kanye West, Beyonc Knowles and Jay-Z, and he consequently appeared on West and Jay-Z's Watch the Throne album. In 2012, the BBC announced that Ocean finished second place in its Sound of 2012 poll. Ocean appeared at the Coachella Festival as well as at Lollapalooza at the end of his 2012 summer tour.
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