Frank Ocean, an American singer, songwriter & producer began his career as a ghostwriter & later got a music breakthrough with the mixtape Nostalgia, Ultra (2011). Turned professional since 2005, Ocean has collaborated with American hip-hop group Odd Future (formed in 2007) & has released 2 studio albums: Channel Orange (2012) & Blonde (2016).
Ocean has released many RIAA Gold & Platinum-certified songs like Super Rich Kids, Lost, Pyramids, Novacane, Thinkin’ ‘Bout You and Chanel.
How Much Is Frank Ocean’s Net Worth In 2020?
According to Celebrity Net Worth, Frank’s career journey of over 14 years in the music industry has grabbed him a hefty net worth of $13 million as of February 2020. The 32-year-old songwriter & singer collected a huge sum through his career as ghostwriter & releases of studio & independent albums.
The Richest claimed his fortune to be $3 million in the early 2010s.
Reportedly, the American ghostwriter turned singer’s independently released album Blonde in 2016 that earned him $1 million in profits only- the album made collected $2.12 million in sales ($1.6 million from album sales and $504,000 from online streams).
Moreover, his YouTube channel (created on March 11, 2017) has over 869K subscribers which generate $17.6K – $281.7K per year.
Earnings From Album Sales
After the Hurricane Katrina of 2005, Frank Ocean moved to Los Angeles from New Orleans & pursued his career in songwriting- has written songs for Justin Bieber, John Legend, and Brandy.
Thereafter, in 2009, Frank signed a contract with Def Jam Recordings to pursue the singing career as a solo artist & released the first mix album Nostalgia, Ultra in 2011, of which, the single Novacane charted #82 in the Billboard 200.
In 2012, Frank Ocean released his debut album Channel Orange & later released 2nd album Blonde in 2016 (though faced many delays in released after a contract dispute with Def Jam). So far, the Long Beach, California-born music personality has released 2 albums, 21 singles & 8 music videos.
|Nostalgia, Ultra (2011, mixtape)||853,583 (downloads)||$769,040|
|Channel Orange (2012)||RIAA Gold (621,000 copies sold in the US)||$841,000|
|Blonde (2016)||RIAA Platinum||$2.12 million|
From his debut studio album Channel Orange, the singles Thinkin’ ‘Bout You became received Platinum certification while Pyramids, Lost & Super Rich Kids gained RIAA: Gold.hahhhdd
What Is Franke Ocean Currently Doing?
Named GQ Magazine’s Men of the Year in 2012, Frank’s most recent release was In My Room and Little Demon in 2019. His non-album 2017 single Chanel became RIAA Platinum certified.
Meanwhile, the American singer-songwriter is working on his new album set to release in 2020 & headline the 2020 Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival.
Legal Issues: Alleged That Don Henley Threat Him & Nearly Faced Lawsuit
Even though Frank got wide success & fame showers through his mix-tape Nostalgia, Ultra, it also got him in controversies as well. Reportedly, Ocean used sample music of Eagles’ song Hotel California for his mixtape song American Wedding & even more, told that Don Henley of Eagles threatened him not to perform the song.
However, as per Eagles’ legal representative, Henley didn’t threaten him & Ocean rather had taken whole master track & the song’s melody. Despite many flying rumors of the lawsuit on Frank Ocean, no publicly disclosed update on the issue ever arose.
Did you know? Chipotle Mexican Grill sued Frank Ocean in March 2017, stating the American singer-songwriter took money for their commercial to perform the song Pure Imagination, however, backed out later. On March 20, 2017, the lawsuit was off after Ocean paid them all of the advance money.
Is Openly Gay: Comments On His Father Led Defamation Lawsuit
Just 6 days before the release of the album Channel Orange, on July 10, 2012, Frank wrote an open letter on Tumblr, stating his attraction to a man while he was in late-teenage. With the revelation on his sexuality, Ocean received support from many celebrities like Beyoncé and Jay-Z.
In grief & frustration with Orlando gay nightclub shooting in 2016, Frank wrote an essay that took in his father Calvin’s biophobia in the limelight.
Subsequently, Frank’s father filed a defamation lawsuit demanding $14.5 million in 2017, however, the hearing on October 17, 2017, got in favor of Frank.
Since 2016, he is dating boyfriend Memo Guzman.
Changed His Name Legally In 2015: What Is Frank Ocean’s Real Name?
Frank was born Christopher Edwin Cooksey on October 28, 1987, in Long Beach, California, the USA to Calvin Edward Cooksey and Katonya Breaux Riley. He has 2 siblings: Ryan Breaux and Ashley Breaux.
His family moved to New Orleans when he was 5.There, he attended & graduated from John Ehret High School in 2005. After Hurricane Katrina, Frank, who enrolled at the University of New Orleans, transferred to the University of Louisiana at Lafayette but dropped out later.
As for a fact, Christopher who already took mother’s surname ‘Breaux’ announced to change his name legally in March 2014- had tried earlier on his 23rd birthday (in 2010) through a legal website. Eventually, on April 23, 2015, he legally changed his name to Frank Ocean.