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Saturday 23 August 2014

Ocean ‘inspired’ by classic bands

Frank Ocean

Frank Ocean has been inspired by The Beach Boys and The Beatles whilst working on his new studio album.

The 25-year-old singer has been listening to the classic bands whilst working on his new studio album.

The hotly anticipated record will be the follow up to his critically acclaimed debut Channel Orange, which won Best Urban Contemporary Album at The Grammys and was also nominated for Album of the Year.

"When I was making the first [album] there were a group of artists that I listened to, just for inspiration and to absorb the energies," Frank told MTV News.

"It was a lot of Stevie Wonder, and this time it's a lot of Beach Boys and Beatles and whatnot, so we'll see how it trickles into the music and the final product. I can't say much other than that."

Frank was recently named one of Time Magazine’s Most Influential People in the World alongside Jay-Z, Beyoncé Knowles and Miguel.

The singer seemed thrilled to be honoured on the prestigious register.

"Pretty cool," he said. "The whole list is pretty rad, a pretty good assortment of folks. A very varied assortment of human beings in all different spaces and cool, very cool."

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