Frank Ocean has officially changed his name, taking on his stage name permanently.
Ocean, who was originally born Christopher Edwin Breaux, had initially filed the legal papers in March 2014, but driver’s license issues have delayed the change until now. Yesterday TMZ confirmed that the R&B singer had his name change to Frank Ocean approved by a judge in LA.
Frank Ocean will release a new album expected to be called ‘Boys Don’t Cry’ in July, along with a print publication of the same name. Ocean has not released an album since 2012, when he put out major label debut ‘Channel Orange’. That album was the follow up to ‘Nostalgia, Ultra’ – released as a mixtape in 2011.
In November 2014 Ocean released new song ‘memrise’.
It was previously reported that the US artist is recording a new album with producers Hit-Boy and Rodney Jerkins. Meanwhile, in April 2014, Ocean hinted that he was close to finishing his new album in time for that summer’s Coachella festival.
Back in October 2013, Ocean responded to a fan question about new material on his Tumblr blog, saying “when summer comes round again”, when asked when he’d be releasing new music.
Ocean recently angered fans when it was announced that he would be “joining” the line-up of James Blake’s 1-800 Dinosaur tour. Ocean was instead simply covering the gigs for his new magazine and failed to grace the stage.