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Posted at 12:25 PM ET, 07/10/2012

Frank Ocean drops album early — and more from the world of pop music

- Frank Ocean, the rookie R&B singer who came out about his sexuality last week, surprised fans again on Tuesday by releasing his major label debut album “Channel Orange” a week early. Jimmy Fallon announced the iTunes release when he introduced Ocean’s Tuesday performance on “Late Night.” Watch Ocean sing “Bad Religion” right here.


Frank Ocean, shown here performing at the 2012 Coachella Valley Music & Arts Festival, surprised fans by dropping his new album a week early. (Karl Walter/Getty Images for Coachella)
- The Howard Theatre will celebrate the life of the late Charles “Skip” Pitts with a memorial concert on July 17. Pitts, who grew up in Washington, was the guitarist behind the indelible wah-wah riffs of Isaac Hayes’s “Theme from Shaft.” Pitts died in May following a battle with cancer.

- Spin Media, the parent company of the venerable Spin magazine, has been bought by Buzzmedia, a company that owns and operates various music sites, including Stereogum, Hype Machine and Idolator. The New York Times says that the purchase puts the future of Spin’s print product in question.

- In today’s Post: Joe Heim writes about the iconic Woody Guthrie, who would have turned 100 on Saturday; I review the new album from Brooklyn’s Dirty Projectors; Allison Stewart explores the toothless appeal of Zac Brown Band; and Timothy Bracy reviews the latest from Hank Williams Jr.

- In case you missed it, the week in pop music:

- If Lana Del Rey was dismissed as a fraud, why is George Lewis Jr. being celebrated as a rebel? Twin Shadow’s “Confess” reviewed.

- You can call Coldplay plenty of things, but don't call 'em boring. Dave McKenna's review of the band’s Verizon Center gig.

- These United States brought it on home at the Black Cat on Saturday night. A review from Mark Jenkins

- Boston’s Debo Band will bring its excellent neo-Ethio-jazz to U Street Music Hall on Saturday night.

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