Frank Ocean on New Year’s Eve Weed Bust: ‘Hi Guys, I Smoke Pot. OK, Bye.’

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Frank Ocean was busted for having marijuana in his vehicle on New Year’s Eve, and to his credit, he’s not running from the charge. In fact, he’s owning up to his illegal drug use.

Though his lyrics can be deep and moving, Ocean tends to be a man of few words when it comes to interviews and social media. So his Twitter response to the bust was characteristically short and matter-of-fact:

The R&B singer was stopped on Dec. 31 in his black BMW in Mono County, California for going 90 MPH in a 65 zone. Officers searched the car when they smelled marijuana coming from the vehicle. Though voters in some states have begun legalizing pot for personal use, the drug is still off-limits in California, so Ocean was cited for possession and for having tinted windows and an expired driver’s license.

ABC reports that Ocean was ticketed for speeding in the same area on Dec. 30 as well. Frank might want to just slow down to avoid any future run-ins with the law. He’s 25 and has an acclaimed album, six Grammy nominations, and the rest of his career ahead of him. He has all the time in the world!

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Frank Ocean Loses Driver’s License After Pot Bust

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‘Thinkin’ About You’ must not have been about the boys in blue. Frank Ocean got pulled over on New Year’s Eve and ended 2012 on a pretty crummy note — losing his driver’s license and getting busted for pot in one fell swoop.

TMZ reports that Ocean was driving 90 MPH in a 65 in Mono County, Calif. — which is super dangerous, especially when there are so many potential drunk drivers on the road on New Year’s Eve. Cops said that when they approached Ocean’s black BMW, they smelled marijuana emanating from the car. You can guess what happened next.

Ocean was searched by police, and guess what they found? Yup, a small bag of pot. What’s more, Ocean’s car had tinted windows — and he was driving on a suspended license. He was cited for all three offenses but released. Still, his passenger had to take the wheel.

This isn’t Ocean’s only legal drama as of late. The ‘channel ORANGE’ singer’s own dad is threatening to sue him for $1 million, but it’s still unclear what the basis — if there is one — of the lawsuit is.

Here’s hoping Ocean gets his legal and driving situations straightened out. Maybe he can take a cue from Chris Brown and get a prescription next time … and drive the speed limit if and when he’s carrying contraband!

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Big Boi, Andre 3000 to Reunite on Frank Ocean’s ‘Pink Matter’ Remix

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For rap fans hankering for an OutKast reunion, it looks as if they will finally get to hear Big Boi and Andre 3000 together on a track. The dynamic rap dup will appear on Frank Ocean‘s remix for the track ‘Pink Matter,’ from his album ‘channel ORANGE.’

On Dec. 29, Boi shared a Tumblr post with lyrics that he jotted down for the song, including the caption, ”Dropping a verse on this Frank Ocean ‘Pink Matter’.” The remix will be reissued as a new track in a few weeks.

Ocean initially wanted OutKast on the song, but Boi informed fans via Twitter that, “Dre didn’t want an Outkast Record Coming out on anybody else LP.” The reunion on ‘Pink Matter’ will mark the first time General Patton and Three Stacks have appeared together on a project since their 2006 album, ‘Idlewild.’

In the meantime, Big Boi, who real name is Antwan Patton, announced on Wednesday (Jan. 2) that he’s set to appear on the remix to T.I.‘s song ‘Sorry’ from his LP ‘Trouble Man: Heavy Is the Head.’

Big Boi’s new album ‘Vicious Lies and Dangerous Rumors’ is in stores now.

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Frank Ocean Debuts Unreleased ‘Django Unchained’ Track ‘Wise Man’

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Early Sunday morning (Dec. 23), Frank Ocean released the ballad ‘Wise Man,’ which originally was supposed to appear in Quentin Tarantino’s western/slavery flick ‘Django Unchained.’ The Odd Future crooner doesn’t seem upset by the omission. “django was ill without it,” he wrote on his Tumblr page.

The song boasts vibrating guitars, swelling synths and stirring violins as Ocean sings the strengths of a determined man.

Bad man don’t exist no / No evil man exists. Good man don’t exist no / No righteous man exists / Sad man cannot cry in place where man can see / Never witnessed father weep, this old man thought it weak / But strong man don’t exist / No undying man exists / Weak man don’t exist no / Just flesh and blood exists,” he woefully croons. You can read the full lyrics here.

Director Quentin Tarantino explained the reason for the song’s absence in the movie via a press release:

Frank Ocean wrote a fantastic ballad that was truly lovely and poetic in every way, there just wasn’t a scene for it. I could have thrown it in quickly just to have it, but that’s not why he wrote it and not his intention. So I didn’t want to cheapen his effort. But, the song is fantastic, and when Frank decides to unleash it on the public, they’ll realize it then.”

While the song didn’t make it in the movie, Ocean can look forward to possibly winning some golden gramophones next year. The singer’s second album, ‘channel ORANGE,’ garnered six Grammy award nominations including Album of the Year.

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Frank Ocean’s Father Wants to Sue for $1 Million

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Frank Ocean‘s long-lost father has emerged just in time to sue his superstar son for $1 million, according to a tweet Ocean posted and then deleted today on Twitter.

The tweet read, “Father wanna sue me for a million. Like I owe him back child support. Weak individual bought me a swiss knife at 6yrs old then dipped on me.” He elaborated in two more tweets that are still visible on his Twitter feed:

Ocean was raised by his mother, and as our friends at point out, back in June, Ocean tweeted, “Just found out my absent father’s been cyberstalking me. Hi dad.” We can’t imagine what sort of legal claim Ocean’s dad believes he has, but we’ll follow the lawsuit if it comes to fruition.

Ocean has written about growing up without a father in ‘There Will Be Tears,’ a track from his mixtape ‘Nostalgia, Ultra.’ Ocean sang that his “grandaddy” was “the only dad I’d ever know.” The R&B singer’s fame has exploded over the past year with the release of ‘Channel Orange,’ which earned critical acclaim and an Album of the Year Grammy nomination.

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Frank Ocean May Never Release a Follow-up to ‘Channel Orange’

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Frank Ocean‘s ‘Channel Orange‘ is one of the most critically acclaimed albums of 2012, so it stands to reason that he’s completely focused on trying to top it with the follow-up, right? Well, not necessarily. In fact, there may not even be a follow-up.

Ocean laid out his admirably vague career plans in a recent interview with the U.K.’s Guardian newspaper, musing that “Storytelling’s a different thing. …it’s the more interesting part about making music for me, or making albums and songs and stuff. So much so that I might not make another album. I might just write a novel next. I don’t know!”

For Ocean, it’s all about staying creative — and that doesn’t necessarily mean sticking to one path, even if it’s a path that’s brought him a great deal of success up ’til now. “The idea of recognizing your strengths and using them in as versatile a way as you can is cool to me,” he explained. “I don’t ever want to be caught up in a system of thinking I can do one thing, because that’s just… telling yourself a lie.”

Ocean’s apparent ambivalence shouldn’t make fans fret just yet, however — he did go on to point out that music’s still a part of his daily existence, saying, “I do like to sing. I play piano every day. I enjoy that.”

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Frank Ocean Covers Radiohead’s ‘Fake Plastic Trees’ at Spotify Event

Frank Ocean wowed audiences last week when he appeared in New York for an intimate performance for Spotify and covered Radiohead‘s 1995 song ‘Fake Plastic Trees.’

The crooner’s piercing falsetto captivated the audience as he sang the heartfelt lyrics, “If I could be who you wanted all the time.” Don’t worry, just be yourself Ocean — no one is complaining.

According to Fader, Ocean has previously dabbled in the songs of Radiohead. On his 2011 mixtape ‘nostalgia, ultra,’ he reworked Radiohead’s ‘Optimistic’ on a song called ‘B—-es Talkin’.’

The R&B crooner has had quite an amazing year. He recently nabbed six Grammy nominations for his stellar LP ‘channel ORANGE,’ including Album of the Year.

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‘Jersey Shore’s’ Snooki & JWoww to Host MTV New Years; CBS Announces Midseason Schedule

Nicole “Snooki” Polizzi and Jenni “JWoww” Farley are hitting the town on New Year’s Eve and hosting MTV’s Club NYE 2013. They’ll be joined comedian Jeff Dye to watch the ball drop. The special will feature performances by Kesha, Ne-Yo, Sean Kingston, and Rita Ora among others. Snooki is hoping to use “a leopard bedazzled mircophone” for her hosting duties. The special airs Dec. 31 at 11 PM ET on MTV. [EW]

CBS has announced it’s midseason schedule. New series, Golden Boy will have a special preview on Tuesday, Feb. 26 and Tuesday Mar. 5 at 10 PM before moving to Friday on Mar. 8 at 9 PM. Meanwhile the spring editions of Survivor and The Amazing Race will premiere on Wednesday, Feb. 13 and Sunday, Deb. 17 respectively. Both at 8 PM. [CBS]

MTV’s 24-hour college network, mtvU, has named its man and woman of the year for 2012. Singer/songwriter Frank Ocean and Pakistani social activitst Malala Yousafzai were chosen for the honor as they both attempt to challenge the status quo in their respective communities. Starting Thursday the network will profile the two honorees on-air and online. [mtvU]

Judd Apatow has reunited the cast of his show, Freaks and Geeks, for the comedy issue of Vanity Fair. The beloved show, which was cancelled after one season featured Linda Cardellini, Jason Segel, Seth Rogan, Busy Phillips and James Franco. See the photoshoot here. []

Celebuzz’s sister site editor Kelly Lynch was featured on an episode of E!’s comedy clip show, The Soup. Lynch, who hosts the royal-based web show, The Duchess Diary, was subject to an audio malfunction which changed her voice during a segment for Los Angeles’ FOX News 11.

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Grammy Nominees React to Their Nods on Twitter

The music industry waited with bated breath Wednesday night to hear the 55th Annual Grammy Awards nominations. And as names were announced in the live event held in Nashville, Tenn., this year’s crop of nominees celebrated — on Twitter.

Indie-pop trio Fun. nabbed six nods, making the cut for the four general Grammy categories: new artist, album of the year for their Some Nights, and record and song for its chart-blazing hit with soul singer Janelle Monae, “We Are Young.” The artists shared their delight on Twitter, writing, “Unreal night. Thank you for listening.”

Five other acts led the pack with newcomers Fun.: R&B breakout star Frank Ocean, English rock band Mumford & Sons, rappers Jay-Z and Kanye West, and the Black Key’s Dan Auerbach each earned six nominations, too.

While some slammed the Grammys for snubs — Justin Bieber‘s manager said they “blew it” by not honoring the teen pop phenom — other rejoiced in their hard-earned recognition on Twitter.

See what the nominees said about their nods:

Hunter Hayes: “Still celebrating with the team. Cannot tell you all how excited I am and how honored I am to get THREE nominations tonight. UNREAL! :D”

Carly Rae Jepsen: “Over the moon excited. Two @TheGRAMMYs nominations!!! Extremely thankful. <3″

Blake Shelton: “@BeliebinTW: blakeshelton is nominated for a Grammy! #lovethisguy” Really?!! Happy happy joy joy!!!”

Frank Ocean: “wow…..”

FUN.: “Unreal night. Thank you for listening. BTW the arrangement of W.A.Y. we just did was by my favorite composer, Nico Muhly. -andrew”

Kelly Clarkson: “My friends surprised me this morning with awesome news! I have the best friends. 10 years later and still so excited!”

Rihanna: “Congrats guys, we got #3 Grammy Nods!!! #ThugLife”

Florence Welch: “Big morning all round xx”

Adam Levine: “Two Grammy noms! Holy balls!”

Alabama Shakes: “What a night! We love you all!”

Anthony Hamilton: “Thanks everybody for the congrats and well wishes. I’m humbled and grateful.”

Coldplay: “Coldplay up for two awards at @TheGRAMMYs! Best Rock Album for Mylo Xyloto and Best Rock Performance for Charlie Brown. #goodnews”

Gotye: “We’re delighted to announce Somebody That I Used To Know feat. @kimbramusic has been nominated for Record of the Year at @TheGRAMMYs”

Taylor Swift: “Honored to also be nominated for 2 Grammys with @thecivilwars for ‘Safe and Sound’ on @TheHungerGames soundtrack. Unreal! #GrammyNomination”

Janelle Monae: “Me & fun. Our song “We are young” was Grammy nominated album of the year, record of the yr, best pop vocal d”

Ed Sheeran: “A team. A song I wrote with no home, no money, anything, nominated or best record at the Grammys. A dream come true. Ecstatic xxx”

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Album of the Year – 2012 PopCrush Music Awards

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With another new year upon us, it’s time to take votes for the best album of 2012. From Taylor Swift‘s ‘Red’ to Frank Ocean‘s ‘channel ORANGE,’ 2012 was stacked with exceptional new pop albums, but which one has been your favorite?

In 2012, Adam Lambert made history with the release of his sophomore LP ‘Trespassing’ — an amazing blend of personal ballads and powerful synthpop tracks — when he became the first openly gay male artist to have an album debut at No. 1. But can he trump the funky badness that is Bruno Mars‘ ‘Unorthodox Jukebox’? The Grammy-nominated singer-songwriter’s second studio album has an old-school vibe that mixes rock, R&B, funk, soul, blues, reggae with pop sensibility.

Frank Ocean also had one of the best albums of the year with his critically-acclaimed debut ‘channel ORANGE.’ On the 2012 LP, the talented songwriter is able to transport listeners deep into his psyche — from his views on socioeconomic disparities throughout the U.S. to touching reflections on love and loss — while simultaneously displaying his incredible vocal and production talents.

Fun. also kicked things off in a big way with the Feb. 2012 release of ‘Some Nights,’ a deceptively upbeat listen, with Nate Ruess crooning about loneliness, family, friendship and life in general over rousing, power pop beats.

Meanwhile, Justin Bieber broke his bubblegum mold with 2012′s ‘Believe.’ The LP moves away from the teen pop sound he became famous for, but it’s still packed with a plethora of pop hits — from R&B slow jams (‘Catch My Feelings’) and acoustic ballads (‘Be Alright’) to dancey club songs (‘Beauty and a Beat’) and intense dubstep tracks (‘As Long as You Love Me’).

What other standout albums can you vote for best album of 2012? Kendrick Lamar is in the running for his rap masterpiece ‘good kid, M.A.A.d. city,’ while Kesha is competing with her infectious, rock & rollin’, synthpop grooves off of ‘Warrior.’ Maroon 5‘s ‘Overexposed,’ Nicki Minaj‘s ‘Pink Friday: Roman Reloaded – The Re-Up,’ One Direction‘s ‘Take Me Home,’ Pink‘s ‘The Truth About Love,’ and Rihanna‘s ‘Unapologetic’ are also up for the Album of the Year award.

Closing things out are Taylor Swift, who took over the latter half of 2012 with ‘Red,’ and Usher, who brought some sensuality to summertime with ‘Looking 4 Myself.’

‘Red’ is without a doubt, Swift’s most pop friendly album to date, as she gently steps out of the country realm into the world of synthesizers, vocal effects, and rock ‘n’ roll… and like everything Swift does, she does it well. Same goes for Usher, who released some of his best work ever with ‘Looking 4 Myself’ — One second, he’s cutting you to the core with tracks like ‘Climax,’ and the next he’s got you dancing uncontrollably to songs like ‘Scream’ and ‘Euphoria.’

Check out all of the nominees and vote for the best album of 2012 below! You can vote once per hour until Jan. 15, 2013 at 11:59 PM EST, and we’ll be posting the winners on Jan. 16.

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Best New Artist – 2012 PopCrush Music Awards

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While some of the artists nominated in our Best New Artist category have been around for a few years, they made their big breaks into the mainstream pop scene in 2012. Sharp-tongued rapper Azealia Banks, spunky British songstress Cher Lloyd, silky smooth crooner Frank Ocean and Jay-Z protégé Rita Ora are some of the entertainers in the running for the 2012 PopCrush Music Award for Best New Artist, with a few other contenders as well.

Azealia Banks released her sexual-charged dance-hop hit ’212′ in 2011, but the ‘Liquorice’ rapper really made a name for herself in 2012. From her ’1991′ LP and ‘Fantasea’ mixtape to her fashion-forward and innovative music videos, Banks has been everywhere this year, covering magazines with her beautiful mermaid hair and landing gigs at festivals like Coachella. She’s even gotten enough recognition on her own to turn down an opening spot on Nicki Minaj‘s tour, without even a bat of her sky-high lashes.

Former ‘X Factor‘ contestant Cher Lloyd has also been blowing up in a major way this year, especially because of her massive hit ‘Want U Back,’ which took over the airwaves in the summer of 2012. Her debut album ‘Sticks + Stones’ impacted within the Top 10 on the Billboard 200, and her follow-up single ‘Oath’ has become a BFF anthem for the 21st century. On top of all this, she’s been playing gigs all over the States while still making time for her fiance and her pet pooches.

Ed Sheeran is also nominated for Best New Artist in PopCrush’s 2012 Music Awards. Not only did the adorable redheaded Brit have a string of his own successful singles off of his debut album ‘+’ this year — 2011′s ‘The A Team’ and ‘Lego House’ gained tons of momentum this year, while ‘Drunk,’ ‘Small Bump,’ and ‘Give Me Love’ are picking up airplay now — but he also wrote songs like One Direction‘s ‘Little Things’ and ‘Everything Has Changed’ (he’s also featured on the track) for Taylor Swift‘s ‘Red’ album.

Meanwhile, Frank Ocean might not be a new name to all of you, but he certainly owned 2012 with his incredible, critically-acclaimed debut album, ‘channel ORANGE.’ His thoughtful and deeply personal songwriting is a breath of fresh air in mainstream pop, with tracks like ‘Thinkin’ Bout You’ and ‘Sweet Life’ addressing everything from the hardships of love to the socioeconomic and cultural differences within our country. Mix these solo accomplishments with a feature on Jay-Z and Kanye West‘s ‘No Church in the Wild,’ and you’ve got one of the hottest and most buzzed-about newcomers of 2012.

Closing out our list of nominees are Lana Del Rey, Psy and Rita Ora. Del Rey took the pop world by storm with her smoky and sultry vocals. In 2012 alone, she dropped her debut album (at least as Lana Del Rey) ‘Born to Die,’ with songs like the title track, ‘Video Games,’ ‘National Anthem’ and ‘Blue Jeans’ taking off. She also released her ‘Paradise’ EP, which includes her newer hits like ‘Ride’ and ‘Cola.’ Del Rey is a perfect example of the ever-changing state of pop, as she isn’t worried about nailing the Top 40 formula more than getting her unique voice out there.

On the other hand, we’ve got Korean rapper Psy and Rita Ora, both of whom have had Top 40 hits this year, with the former really taking over the charts. Whether you like it or not, Psy’s ‘Gangnam Style’ has become one of the definitive tracks of 2012, with its bouncy beat and sing-along chorus. Psy, who is now under the same guidance as Justin Bieber, even started a dance craze with ‘Gangnam Style,’ and don’t even get us started on the video!

Meanwhile, Kosovo-born beauty Rita Ora, who has been taken under the wing of Jay-Z, had a huge year in 2012, busting into the spotlight with her single ‘How We Do (Party).’ Ora, who has also seen her singles ‘R.I.P.’ and ‘Shine Ya Light’ pick up tons of listeners, has now become a household name thanks to her distinctive vocals, amazing style, gorgeous looks and immense amounts of talent and star power.

Who has got your vote for 2012′s Best New Artist? Vote for the singer and/or rapper you believe should take home the PopCrush Music Award below! Remember you can vote once per hour until the poll closes on Jan. 15, 2013 at 11:59 PM EST. Good luck!

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