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July 16, 2012  | by: Jasmine Roscoe
Frank Ocean live in Seattle, courtesy of the Seattle Times

Frank Ocean live in Seattle, Courtesy of the Seattle Times

It’s been quite a newsworthy month for singer Frank Ocean and it’s only the beginning. He changed the music industry with a personal revelation, performed for the first time ever on television, faced a ban from retail giant Target and now he’s on his own tour. On Friday the 13th, the music industry’s hottest rising star kicked off the tour for his debut album Channel Orange in Seattle, WA. With a line wrapped around the building the rainy city was ready and honored to be the first stop on the tour.

The stage was set with rock star smoke and “Pink Matter” lights. Without an opening act and an hour after the start time, the singer emerged on the stage in his signature red and white bandanna, red button up and Street Fighter t-shirt to a screaming crowd at the Showbox venue.

Frank Ocean started the show by treating fans to “Thinkin Bout You” and Nostalgia, ultra material like “Strawberry Swing” and “Novacane.” Before performing the mixtape hit “American Wedding,” the crooner introduced the song by saying he’s “gotten into a little trouble for it” referring to the lawsuit initiated by Don Henley for using the “California Hotel” sample.

Other crowd favorites included “Rich Kids”, “Sweet Life”, and “Pyramids.” Last month when Frank tweeted that he looked forward to playing the 10 minute long single on the road he wasn’t kidding. The song sounded like never before and the energy electrified through the crowd. After “Pyramids”, Frank Ocean uttered the sentence no one was ready to hear, “That’s my time.” Leaving the crowd in disbelief and wanting more, he came back with a piano and played “White” from the OFWGKTA album Odd Future Tape: Vol 2 and smoothly transitioned into the other “White,” from the Channel Orange album.

The concert was an absolutely amazing experience for old fans, new fans and super fans like me. Also included in the set list were songs from collaborations with his superstar colleagues like “Made in America” from Watch The Throne and “I Miss You;” the song he penned for Beyoncé’s 4 album. If you’re lucky enough to have tickets to his sold out concert you’re guaranteed an amazing show. With heartfelt singing and flawless high notes you’ll love his music more than ever before.

Will you be attending a Channel Orange concert? After his Jimmy Fallon performance are you looking forward to see this rising star perform more?

The album is availabe on iTunes now and will be available in stores on July 17th.

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