By Hayden Wright
Frank Ocean has two acclaimed studio albums under his belt but the singer told The New York Times that now, tetherless from a recording contract, he might be finished with the album format. As he records new music (the piece states he’s been heading to an “anonymous studio”) Ocean speculates that the finished product might not arrive as an album.
“Because I’m not in a record deal, I don’t have to operate in an album format. I can operate in half-a-song format,” he said.
The singer (who’s reportedly out of GRAMMY contention this year) says his success with two albums has freed him up to try new things.
“I believe that I’m one of the best in the world at what I do, and that’s all I’ve ever wanted to be,” he explained. “It’s more interesting for me to figure out how to be superior in areas where I’m naïve, where I’m a novice.”
However, that naïvety doesn’t extend to the business side of Ocean’s work. He told the Times that he immerses himself in the figures to see exactly where his career is tracking.
“I know exactly what the numbers are. I need to know. I need to know how many records I’ve sold, how many album equivalents from streaming, which territories are playing my music more than others, because it helps me in conversations about where we’re gonna be playing shows, or where I might open a retail location, like a pop-up store or something.”