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Artist of the Week: Frank Ocean

July 23, 2012 (6:52 am) GMT
The Odd Future Wolf Gang Kill Them All member tops albums chart with his solo debut 'Channel Orange' after starting his career as a ghostwriter for Justin Bieber, John Legend and many others.

Coming out of the closet was not the only headline-grabbing issue involving lately. Despite shocking the world with his confession about his sexual preference, the "Novacane" hitmaker proved he still has his fans' support as his debut studio album "" performed well on various charts.

After released digitally on July 10, the record that boasts such hits as "Thinkin Bout You", "Pyramids" and "Sweet Life" bowed at No. 2 on Billboard 200 in its first week. On the R&B/Hip-Hop Albums chart, the set that follows up his 2011 critically acclaimed mixtape "" even reached the peak position.

Prior to releasing the chart-topping album, Ocean went through a hard road as he had to move to Los Angeles from his hometown of New Orleans when it was hit by Hurricane Katrina in 2005. It was during this period that he got a songwriting deal, which led him to write songs for such A-list artists as , and .

Though he felt comfortable with his job at that time, the 24-year-old star was determined to reach his ultimate goal to be a recording artist and later joined hip hop collective . Through his relationship with Tricky Stewart, he nabbed a contract as a solo artist with Def Jam Recordings, under which he released "Nostalgia, Ultra".

After stealing people's attention with his mixtape, the California-born rapper continued writing songs for other artists, including Watch the Throne duo, and , while preparing his debut studio installment. Currently promoting "Channel Orange", he's also slated to perform alongside on several dates of their European tour this summer.

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