Last night, during the MTV VMAs and the season finale of Game of Thrones, Frank Ocean provided some counter-programming with his “Blonded Radio” show on Apple’s Beats 1. On last night’s episode he premiered his new single—his fourth single in 2017 as a lead artist, seventh overall, since Blonde came out last year. It’s called “Provider” and it’s out now on the streamers. You can watch its lyrics video at Frank’s website.
Previously, Frank released the non-album singles, “Biking” (two versions—a solo one and one with Jay-Z and Tyler the Creator), “Lens” (two versions again—solo and with Travis Scott) and, strong contender for song of the year, “Chanel” (once again, two versions—I sense a pattern here—solo and a remix with ASAP Rocky). Ocean also showed up for singles from ASAP Mob (“RAF”), Tyler the Creator (“911/Mr. Lonely”), and Calvin Harris (“Slide”). He also appeared, briefly, on Jay-Z’s 4:44.