Frank Ocean Says New Album Inspired by Beatles and Beach Boys

The 'Channel Orange' mastermind may exchange Stevie Wonder for the Fab 4 on his next record
Kevin Mazur

Although he's remained tight-lipped on his follow-up to 2012's brilliant Channel Orange, Frank Ocean recently let another tidbit slip about his in-the-works studio album.

"When I was making the first [album] there were a group of artists that I listened to, just for inspiration and to absorb the energies," Ocean said at the Time 100 Gala, where he was being honored as one of the most influential people in the world, NBD. "[For Channel Orange] it was a lot of Stevie Wonder, and this time it's a lot of Beach Boys and Beatles and whatnot. So we'll see how it trickles into the music and the final product. I can't say much other than that."

This Beatles connection makes his earlier tease that the new album is "bordering on a concept record" doubly exciting. And given how strongly the presence of Stevie Wonder was felt on his debut LP, this is great news for Beatlemaniacs and... whatever Beach Boy uber-fans are called. 

Oh yeah—octogenarians. 

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