3 Things Musicians Can Learn From Frank Ocean’s “Blonde”

Frank Ocean’s first studio album, “Channel Orange” was undeniably successful; after that, his next was eagerly anticipated. Frank’s fans waited four long years for the release of his second studio album, and they were not disappointed. “Blonde,” is a 60 minute, 17 track masterpiece which received widespread acclaim from critics and fans alike.

Musicians can learn a lot from this album. Here are a few things to take away from the album.

1. Limit the release.

Blonde was first released exclusively on Apple music. The limited release helped generate even more hype around Frank’s already anticipated album; the album still isn’t available on YouTube yet.

When releasing your art, don’t feel pressured to distribute it as widely as possible; sometimes, choosing just one channel to share your art through can be even more effective.

2. Feature other artists.

The tracks on “Blonde” featured many other popular artists, including Beyonce, Kendrick Lamar, Yung Lean, Andre 3000, James Blake, and more. Frank Ocean was not afraid to reach out to other artists in order to improve his work and make it as unique as possible.

When creating an album, don’t ever hesitate to look to others for help or even just for inspiration.

3. Sample other songs.

On the topic of drawing inspiration from other artists; don’t be afraid to sample! In the track “White Ferrari,” Ocean samples from,“Here, There, and Everywhere,” by the Beatles. In the track, “Siegfried,” Ocean samples from “Fond Farewell,” by Elliott Smith. Don’t be afraid to sample from other artists, but always make sure to give credit where credit is due.

Frank Ocean is an inspiring artist whose who musicians can learn from. “Blonde” is an authentic piece of art and can remind musicians to look to others for inspiration and always stay true to themselves.

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Jana, a blogging intern, enjoys movies, the French language, and Cool Ranch Doritos.

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