Frank Ocean gave Zane Lowe of BBC Radio 1 his first interview since releasing his debut album–channel ORANGE. In the interview, he discussed releasing the album early to iTunes, his recording process, performing live and more.
On Releasing The Album Early. It was actually the plan all along; I kinda wanted to mirror what Jay and Kanye did with Watch The Throne, preventing the leak by staggering the digital and physical dates. My thing was, I wanted all the promotional elements to be, retroactive, but kinda follow the album with the videos and the tour and do everything after. And kinda just let the music speak for itself for a second and not be in a situation where the record leaks. So, it was always my plan to drop it ahead of [the physical date] and we [meaning my management and the label] have been going through a lot to make sure it went down seamlessly and it did. So I’m happy it went cool.