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A member of the Odd Future L.A. hip-hop collective, Ocean made waves when he announced on his Tumblr blog that a pair of songs on the new album were addressed to male love objects, but most critics have focused on his artistry and impressive lyric-writing, which bring to mind such soul men as Marvin Gaye, Stevie Wonder and Smokey Robinson.
FRANK OCEAN, OLLY MURS PROVE BUZZWORTHY ON VIBE
Ocean Debuts as Top Vibe-Rater, Murs Enters Sweet 16
This week, it's all about a couple of heartthrobs with unique stories to tell, as phenom post-hip-hop/R&B crooner Frank Ocean and Olly Murs, yet another X Factor U.K. alum, storm HITS' Vibe-Raters rundown of soon-to-be breakthrough stars.

Def Jam/IDJ's Ocean has caused a groundswell of excitement with his debut full-length, Channel Orange, which debuted at #2 on the HITS Album sales chart while available only on iTunes. A member of the Odd Future L.A. hip-hop collective, Ocean made waves when he announced on his Tumblr blog that a pair of songs on the new album were addressed to male love objects, but most critics have focused on his artistry and impressive lyric-writing, which bring to mind such soul men as Marvin Gaye, Stevie Wonder and Smokey Robinson.

"Thinkin Bout You," the first single, is already attracting multi-format attention at Urban, Crossover and Urban AC, with a series of headline dates which included a show last Tuesday night at the Wiltern in L.A. The press, of course, has been rapturous, including a cover story in the N.Y. Times Arts & Leisure section, with a 9.5 Pitchfork review. See the complete entry here.

Murs is a finalist from the '09 season of X Factor U.K. who just came off opening the sold-out One Direction tour. His Syco/Columbia debut album, In Case You Didn't Know, comes out Sept. 25, but the single, "Heart Skips a Beat," is already scoring at Pop radio outlets like Z100, KDWB, KKHH, WKQI, WXSS and more. Dude is scoring on the social media fronts, too, with 2 million Facebook friends, 2.5m Twitter followers and 6.5m combined YouTube and VEVO views. This is yet another one from former Epic U.S. head Richard Griffiths' U.K. Modest Management stable with fellow managers Harry Magee and Sarah Thomas. For the complete Vibe entry, go here.

MAYBE, JUST MAYBE:
MOBILE PHONES,
IMMOBILE HUMANS
Lenny Beer needs to cut down on his screen time. (10/1a)
RAINMAKERS: MICHAEL RAPINO, NATION BUILDER
A tease for the upcoming edition, eh? (10/1a)
THE DEATH OF PRINT JOURNALISM: GRAMMY PREVIEW EDITION
Gimme an "H." Gimme another "H." (9/30a)
NEAR TRUTHS: PARANOIA STRIKES DEEP—INTO YOUR LIFE
IT WILL CREEP*
A high-revving column (10/1a)
YOUR TOP 20 IS
FULLY LOADED
Prediction: There will be 20 albums in the Top 20 this week. (10/1a)
GRAMMY TALK
We're full of it.
AFRICAN POP
Getting global with it.
IT'S PRETTY SMOKY
And this time it's not from our bong.
WHAT COMES AFTER TIKTOK?
Shorter videos! Weirder trends!
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