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When the album stream for Channel Orange was posted online, the internet stopped. Everyone seemed hit play at the exact same time and, about an hour later, Frank Ocean was untouchable. Ocean’s past is a star-studded muck of premature announcements, tension from record labels, and the overwhelming response from his infamous letter, which mentioned a relationship he had with another man when he was younger.
Channel Orange came exactly when Frank Ocean needed an R&B gem that doubled as a personal statement to his new-found fans and haters. Though Ocean differs from his peers, his music celebrates the common feeling of fleeting love and the painful thoughts of what could have been.