Frank Ocean Debuts Premiere Episode of Beats 1 'Blonded Radio,' Talks to Jay Z About Radio & Technology

Frank Ocean arrives at the 55th annual Grammy Awards
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Frank Ocean arrives at the 55th annual Grammy Awards on Feb. 10, 2013, in Los Angeles. 

UPDATE: Jay Z, noted owner of Apple Music's streaming service competition Tidal, appeared on Ocean's new Beats 1 show to discuss technology, radio and releasing music. "I think with all the technology and where we are today, it’s definitely a more efficient way to get music out," says Hov. "Because it's the whole idea behind having a festival that played all sorts of music. Because no one listens to music like that -- you just listen to music more than ever. Back in the days, there used to be hip-hop clubs. Now every club is a hip-hop club." 

He adds, "It’s unfortunate because with technology and everything moving forward, it should be a better way that the music, the musicians, radio, and these things that are supposed to be instruments for the arts, should exist. It shouldn’t be about advertisement."

Listen to the full episode here.


After making a rare cameo on Calvin Harris' "Slide" (also co-starring Migos), Frank Ocean has become the latest artist to debut his own Beats 1 show, with Blonded Radio on Apple Music (Feb. 24). 

The first show, currently airing on the streaming service from 12 to 2 p.m. ET, features a mix of cuts from the hitmaking likes of Migos and Future, as well as "selections with Vegyn, Roof Access and Federico Aliprandi," according to a release.

In addition to "Slide," more Frank Ocean material is allegedly in the stash, according to John Mayer, who (as noted by Pitchfork) called the music "space reggae" during a recent Instagram live stream,

Billboard has reached out to Apple for additional comment. Listen to Blonded Radio here.