Reportedly, prior to the release of Frank Ocean’s Apple Music exclusives Endless and Blonde, he was released from his contract with Def Jam records. An anonymous source told Associated Press that Def Jam and Frank Ocean’s relationship was like a “bad marriage” and that is why the label decided to terminate his contract. The source remains anonymous because they are not permitted to speak publicly on the topic.
He didn’t want to be on a label. He wanted to do his own thing. I’m sure there was some kind of negotiation in order for him to get out of the contract if there were remaining commitments on the contract.
It appears that Def Jam was unaware that Frank’s second studio album Blonde even existed. Ocean had issues with the Def Jam dating back to 2011, when he blasted the label on Twitter after the release of Nostalgia, Ultra. In the twitter post he referred to Def Jam as a “failing company” and went on to say, “f*** Def Jam & any company that goes the length of signing a kid with dreams & talent w/ no intention of following through.”
Since, Frank has released Blonde independently, it has reportedly netted him $1 million. Sources claim Frank is currently shopping around for a distribution deal to assist him with physical release of the album. The album is now available Spotify.