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Blonded Radio (stylized as blonded RADIO) was Frank Ocean's Beats 1 radio show that lasted from February to August 2017, with four additional special episodes that aired in November and December 2018. The show was hosted by Ocean, Vegyn, and Roof Access and would air a new single from Ocean every episode.

blonded RADIO
Blonded Radio Title Card.png
Home stationBeats 1
Hosted byFrank Ocean
Vegyn[1]
Roof Access[1]
Original releaseFebruary 24, 2017 (2017-02-24) – August 27, 2017 (2017-08-27)
(Specials aired on November 6 and December 25, 2018)
No. of episodes11
Websiteitunes.apple.com
blonded.co

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OverviewEdit

The first episode, Episode 001, aired on 24 February 2017. It showcased the collaborative song "Slide" by record producer Calvin Harris featuring Frank Ocean and rappers Quavo and Offset from the American hip hop group Migos. The episode also included an interview with Jay-Z talking about the current state of radio and the music industry.[2] Episode 002 aired on 10 March 2017 with the single "Chanel", a song about Ocean's bisexuality.[3] The episode ended with repeats of "Chanel", sometimes featuring a verse from rapper ASAP Rocky.[4]

Episode 003 aired on 8 April 2017. The episode ended by playing a new single titled "Biking", featuring rappers Jay-Z and fellow Odd Future member Tyler, the Creator who have both previously collaborated with Ocean. He previously streamed a trailer[5] for the song on his website, featuring a different instrumental.

 
Joe "Vegyn" Thornalley co-hosted the show with Ocean and Roof Access

On 23 April 2017, Episode 004 aired and featured "Lens", which included an alternative version featuring rapper Travis Scott. The next morning, Episode 005 aired with a Young Thug remix of the song "Slide On Me" from Ocean's 2016 video album Endless.[citation needed]

On 15 May 2017, Episode 006 aired with the first single from ASAP Mob's then-upcoming album Cozy Tapes Vol. 2: Too Cozy. "RAF" featured vocals from ASAP Rocky, Quavo, Lil Uzi Vert, two different rap verses from Ocean, and additional vocals from Playboi Carti. A solo version of "Biking" with no featured artists and a new third verse was also aired. After a summer hiatus due to Ocean performing at music festivals, the final episode of Blonded Radio aired on 27 August 2017 with the single "Provider".

On December 12, 2017 a fictionalized version of the show was launched in Grand Theft Auto V and its online counterpart Grand Theft Auto Online, as an in-game radio station called blonded Los Santos 97.8 FM, as part of a content update.[6]

On 6 November 2018, three midterm specials were aired throughout the day, in collation with the midterm elections that were held in the United States,[7] as well as the release of new merchandise given to those with proof of voting for free in Houston, Atlanta, Miami, and Dallas.[8] On 25 December 2018, Ocean premiered "blonded Xmas", a curated Christmas music playlist.[9]

A Blonded Radio poster was put up on sale on February 24, 2019, with a message reading:[10]

Thanks to all the heads who tuned in to our show. Blonded is about the friendship between feelings, noise, and conversation. Don't hold your breath for anything in life and live it for you. Feel the world round you and see it with more than your eyeballs. If you can't see anymore than that right now, keep sending out a positive charge everywhere loud and wide as possible, and so will we. Love you.

List of episodesEdit

Original run (2017)Edit

No. Episode title Air date
001"blonded 001"February 24, 2017 (2017-02-24)[2]

This episode premieres Scottish musician Calvin Harris' single "Slide", featuring Ocean and American hip-hop group Migos. In two interludes, Ocean interviews American rapper Jay-Z about the state of radio and the music industry.[11]

002"blonded 002"March 10, 2017 (2017-03-10)[4]

Ocean premieres his single "Chanel", his first song as a lead artist since the release of "Nikes" in 2016. As "Chanel" is repeatedly played during the end of the episode, an alternate verse from American rapper ASAP Rocky is occasionally aired.

003"blonded 003"April 8, 2017 (2017-04-08)[1]

The single "Biking" premieres, an Ocean song featuring frequent collaborators Jay-Z and Tyler, the Creator.

004"blonded 004"April 23, 2017 (2017-04-23)

Show hosts Roof Access and Vegyn end the episode by playing "Lens" on loop for an hour, alternatively featuring a guest verse from American rapper Travis Scott.

005"blonded 005"April 24, 2017 (2017-04-24)

Just 24 hours after "blonded 004" aired, blonded Radio returns with "blonded 005", featuring a new remix of "Slide On Me" featuring American rapper Young Thug.

006"blonded 006"May 15, 2017 (2017-05-15)
Featured song: "RAF" – ASAP Mob featuring ASAP Rocky, Playboi Carti, Quavo, Lil Uzi Vert and Frank Ocean
007"blonded 007"August 27, 2017 (2017-08-27)
Featured song: "Provider" – Frank Ocean


Midterms & Christmas specials (2018)Edit

Episode Air date
“blonded Midterms pt. 1”November 6, 2018 (2018-11-06)
“blonded Midterms pt. 2”November 6, 2018 (2018-11-06)
“blonded Midterms pt. 3”November 6, 2018 (2018-11-06)
“blonded Xmas”December 25, 2018 (2018-12-25)

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b c Olivia Criaghead (April 8, 2017). "Here's Everything That Happened On Episode 3 Of Frank Ocean's Blonded Radio". The FADER. Retrieved April 8, 2017.
  2. ^ a b "Listen Back to Frank Ocean's Brilliant 'blonded' Radio Show in Full". Noisey. February 24, 2017. Retrieved April 8, 2017.
  3. ^ Austin Williams (20 March 2017). "Frank Ocean's 'Chanel' is the most important song in the world right now". The Undefeated. Retrieved 3 January 2018.
  4. ^ a b Shawn Setaro (March 10, 2017). "Listen to Episode 2 of Frank Ocean's Beats 1 Show". Complex. Retrieved April 8, 2017.
  5. ^ Charlotte Gush (10 April 2017). "watch frank ocean's new trailer, featuring a new track with jay z and tyler, the creator". i-D. Retrieved 26 April 2018.
  6. ^ Gaca, Anna (12 December 2017). "Frank Ocean Now Has a Grand Theft Auto Radio Station". Spin.
  7. ^ Braudie Blais-Billie and Michelle Kim (6 November 2018). "Listen to Frank Ocean's 3 New "blonded RADIO" Midterm Episodes". Pitchfork. Retrieved 6 November 2018.
  8. ^ Noah Yoo (6 November 2018). "Frank Ocean Giving Away Free Merch to Voters". Pitchfork. Retrieved 6 November 2018.
  9. ^ Braudie Blais-Billie (25 December 2018). "Listen to Frank Ocean's New Christmas Episode of "blonded RADIO"". Pitchfork. Retrieved 26 December 2018.
  10. ^ https://pitchfork.com/news/frank-ocean-reissues-boys-dont-cry-magazine/
  11. ^ Michelle Geslani (February 24, 2017). "Stream Frank Ocean's surprise Beats 1 radio show blonded RADIO". Consequence of Sound. Retrieved April 8, 2017.
  12. ^ Olivia Craighead (March 10, 2017). "Here Are All The Songs That Played On The Second Episode Of Frank Ocean's Beats 1 Show". The FADER. Retrieved April 8, 2017.
  13. ^ C. Vernon Coleman II (March 11, 2017). "Frank Ocean Drops New Song "Chanel" and a Remix Featuring ASAP Rocky". XXL. Retrieved April 8, 2017.
  14. ^ Amanda Wicks (28 August 2017). "Listen to Frank Ocean Freestyle Over 2 Chainz's "Rolls Royce Bitch"". Pitchfork. Retrieved 7 March 2018.