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Monday
Jan282013

Report: Chris Brown, Frank Ocean Involved in Fight at Studio

Jeff Kravitz/FilmMagic | Maury Phillips/WireImage(LOS ANGELES) -- Chris Brown vs. Drake?  That's yesterday's news.  Brown's latest feud is with Frank Ocean.

TMZ.com reports the two were involved in a fight at a Los Angeles-area studio Sunday night.

Brown reportedly was at Westlake Studio to listen to an artist he represents.  Sources close to Brown say that when Brown attempted to leave the studio, he was allegedly prevented from doing so by Ocean and Ocean's crew.

Ocean reportedly told Brown, "This is my studio, this is my parking spot."

Brown reportedly tried to shake Ocean's hand, but was attacked by one of Ocean's friends.  A pal of Brown's retaliated, and then Ocean and Brown had a physical altercation.

TMZ.com reports that when police arrived on the scene, Brown had already left the studio but they did get to interview Ocean. 

Now, according to a statement released early Monday morning by the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department, deputies from the West Hollywood Station are investigating Brown for alleged battery.

According to the LASD statement, "Deputies responded to a call of six males fighting at the 7200 block of Santa Monica Boulevard, West Hollywood.  Upon their arrival, deputies talked to witnesses who stated that Chris Brown and the victim were involved in an altercation over a parking space.  The altercation allegedly led to Chris Brown punching the victim. After a brief fight, the parties were separated." 

While the LASD statement doesn't specifically state the location of the reported altercation, Westlake Recording Studio is located at 7265 Santa Monica Boulevard.

The statement concludes, "Chris Brown and his entourage left the location prior to the arrival of deputies.  The investigation is on-going and investigators will contact Chris Brown at a later time."

For his part, Ocean tweeted early Monday morning, "Got jumped by Chris and a couple guys," followed by, "cut my finger now I can't play w two hands at the grammys."

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Friday
Jul132012

Target Won't Sell Frank Ocean Album: Retailer's LGBT Stance Questioned

Jeff Kravitz/FilmMagic(NEW YORK) -- Mega retailer Target's actions have again raised questions about the company's position on gay rights now that it has decided not to sell the highly-anticipated new record by R&B singer Frank Ocean, who recently made headlines by announcing that his first love was another man.

Target, the second-largest discount retailer in the United States, said that the company's decision not to stock Ocean's critically-acclaimed new record Channel Orange, due to hit stores July 17, was made because the singer's label Def Jam opted to release the album exclusively on iTunes a week before it would be available in retail outlets.

Ocean's manager Christian Clancy took to his Twitter account to hint that the retailer's decision had less to do with the iTunes exclusive, and more to do with Ocean's admission of his attraction to a person of the same sex.

"Target has refused to carry Frank's album because of iTunes exclusive," Clancy tweeted, according to Billboard. "Interesting since they also donate to non-equal rights organizations."

Soon after Clancy made the comment, Target responded that the allegations are "absolutely false" and that the retailer's decisions are "based on a number of factors, including guest demand."

"Target has a longstanding tradition of supporting music and artistry that reflects the diverse landscape of American culture. Our history of partnering with diverse artists includes recent partnerships with a variety of musicians, such as Ricky Martin, B.o.B., and Gloria Estefan," Target said in a statement.

Clancy has since removed the comment from his Twitter account, and later wrote: "I apologize for my comments about Target. They are not carrying Frank's album because it went digital first. Not for ANY other reason. … My response was simply an emotional knee jerk reaction. … Stop. Breath. Do the best you can. Be honest. Keep it moving."

Target, however, does currently stock another album that was first exclusively released on iTunes before it was sold in stores -- 2011's platinum-selling Watch the Throne, by rappers Jay-Z and Kanye West. That album, which incidentally was released by Ocean's label Def Jam, is currently available at Target locations.

This is not the first time Target has come under fire from the LGBT community. Last year, Lady Gaga, a vocal supporter of gay rights, dissolved her partnership with the retailer after an outcry from the LGBT community over the Minneapolis-based company's financial support of political action group Minnesota Forward, which supported failed 2010 gubernatorial candidacy of Tom Emmer, an opponent of same-sex marriages.

The initial deal would have made Target the sole retailer of the exclusive expanded edition of Lady Gaga's Born This Way. That album went on to sell over two million copies in the U.S. and was one of 2011's top-selling records.

Billboard reports that Channel Orange is set to debut at No. 2 on the Billboard 200 next week with sales of 100,000 to 120,000 copies. It is currently the number one album being sold on iTunes.

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Wednesday
Jul042012

R&B Singer Frank Ocean Reveals First Love was a Man

Jeff Kravitz/FilmMagic(NEW YORK) -- Frank Ocean, the R&B singer and member of controversial hip-hop collective Odd Future, took to his blog to openly discuss his sexuality, telling readers that his first love was a man.

According to the critically acclaimed 24-year-old singer, he had originally planned to tell fans in the liner notes of his forthcoming album “Channel Orange,” but instead he took to his Tumblr as rumors began to circulate.  Several tracks on his new album are reportedly love songs addressed to a man.

“4 summers ago, I met somebody,” the singer wrote. “I was 19 years old. He was too. We spent that summer, and the summer after, together. Every day almost. And on the days we were together, time would glide. Most of the day I’d see him, and his smile.

“Sleep I would often share with him. By the time I realized I was in love, it was malignant. It was hopeless. There was no escaping, no negotiating to the women I had been with, the ones I cared for and thought I was in love with,” he wrote.

Ocean goes on to explain how he told his first love his feelings, but the man “wouldn’t tell the truth about his feelings for me for another 3 years.” He says that he kept the friendship going as he struggled with himself and his emotions.

“I don’t have any secrets I need kept anymore … I was never alone, as much as it felt like it. As much as I still do sometimes. I never was. I don’t think I ever could be. Thanks. To my first love, I’m grateful for you,” he wrote.

Ocean burst onto the music scene in February 2011 with his acclaimed debut mix tape, “Nostalgia, Ultra.” He had become a member of Los Angeles-based alternative hip-hop collective Odd Future after appearing on member Domo Genesis’ track, “SteamRoller” in 2010.

Members of Odd Future, particularly lead member and co-founder Tyler, the Creator, have been accused of homophobia in the past, and the group was even dropped from the Big Day Out festival in Auckland, New Zealand, last year after activists said the group’s lyrics promote bullying of gays, bisexuals and transgender  people.

Tyler, the Creator, however, took to his Twitter feed early Wednesday to support  his friend.

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