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The elusive R&B star Frank Ocean, recognized for avoiding the highlight, carried out on the biggest stage at Coachella on Sunday evening.
Ocean was a headliner this weekend alongside Dangerous Bunny and BLACKPINK — forming one of the various line-ups within the music pageant’s historical past.
In his set, Ocean carried out reworked variations of a few of his most iconic songs like his debut hit “Novacane,” “White Ferrari,” and “Dangerous Faith” — giving a rock or digital spin to fan favorites.
Ocean’s present was long-anticipated — partly as a result of the singer-songwriter was scheduled to headline at Coachella in 2020 when the music pageant was postponed as a result of COVID.
There was additionally some suspense that Ocean might use the platform to debut new music like some artists have prior to now. Whereas that was not the case, Ocean did trace at the potential for a brand new album.
“I need to discuss why we’re right here as a result of it isn’t due to a brand new album, it is as a result of — not that there is not a brand new album,” Ocean stated.
As the group cheered in pleasure, he clarified: “However it’s not proper now.”
Followers had different disappointments within the set — which closed out the opening weekend of Coachella. Ocean, who performs reside sparingly, got here onto the stage late and needed to minimize his efficiency brief due to “curfew,” he informed the viewers. His present was additionally not streamed on-line, not like different performances.
Nonetheless, the mounting hype over a potential new album exhibits Ocean followers nonetheless have an urge for food for extra music — whatever the wait.
The singer-songwriter has not launched new songs since his singles “Pricey April” and “Cayendo” in 2020. His final album, referred to as Blonde, dates again even additional, to 2016. That album was an instantaneous hit, reaching No. 1 on the Billboard 200 albums chart within the week it was launched.
On the largest stage that Coachella has to supply, Ocean additionally used the chance to pay homage to his youthful brother, Ryan Breaux, who died in a automotive accident in 2020.
“My brother and I got here to this pageant rather a lot,” he stated on Sunday evening. “I do know he would have been so excited to be right here with all of us.”