Frank Ocean Fires Manager and Publicist

Frank-OceanFrank Ocean is cleaning house. The Grammy-winning singer has fired his longtime manager and publicist as he gears up for his new album.

According to BuzzFeed, Ocean has parted ways with Christian and Kelly Clancy of 4 Strikes Management, who have managed his career since 2010.

Earlier this spring, he told the couple, who also manage Tyler, the Creator, Solange, and Mac Miller, that he would be taking his career in a different direction. A new manager has not been named.

Publicity firm Life or Death PR, which represents Odd Future, has also been let go in the shuffle. Ocean has replaced them with Hollywood agency ID PR, who represent Alicia Keys and Snoop Dogg. A rep for Life or Death PR told Billboard they were “relieved” by the change.

The big moves come in advance of the release of Ocean’s sophomore album, due later this year.

“Everyone should be excited about this new album—that shit is fire,” said Nabil Elderkin, who directed the video for “Pyramids.” “He’s making a great record. It blows the sophomore-album myth out of the water.”

[Rap-Up]