Frank Ocean and Usher Make Time’s Top Albums and Songs of 2012 List

Frank Ocean has had an amazing run this year. Releasing a critically acclaimed album, Channel Orange, which debuted at number two on the Billboard charts, collaborating with some of the top artists in entertainment like Kanye West, Jay-Z, Beyoncé, Alicia Keys, and Andre 3000, and performing at this year’s MTV Video Music Awards. His feats haven’t been unnoticed and with an album that has produced gems like “Thinkin Bout You” and “Sweet Life”, Time Magazine couldn’t resist putting the R&B singer-songwriter amongst their top 10.

Ocean’s Channel Orange landed at number three on the magazine’s top10 albums of 2012 list, falling shortly behind, Kendrick Lamar’s good kid, m.A.A.d city, and Fiona Apple’s (who landed in the top spots) The Idler Wheel…

Praising the album’s unique sound, Time writer Douglas Wolk wrote, “…Channel Orange is about Ocean’s singing and narrative voice: both are supple and sly, and never quite say everything they know.”

Topping the list for songs of 2012 is the seven-time Grammy winner himself – Usher. The R&B star’s seductive “Climax” beat out the likes of some of the biggest pop records out this year including PSY’s “Gangnam Style” and Carly Rae Jepsen’s arresting pop hit “Call Me Maybe.”

And who said R&B was dying?