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Frank Ocean places second on BBC Sound of 2012 poll

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Frank Ocean has finished in second place on the BBC's Sound of 2012 poll.

The hip-hop star beat 13 fellow artists to claim the position, which was given to him by a vote from a range of music critics, bloggers, editors and broadcasters.

Ocean's debut album Nostalgia, Ultra was leaked online by himself last February after he became frustrated with a major label system not taking notice of him.

He told BBC News that his label Def Jam saw him as "a kid with dreams and talent with no intention of following through".

However, the exposure gained the attention of some of hip-hop's biggest stars. By the end of 2011, Ocean had recorded vocals for two tracks on Jay-Z and Kanye West's Watch The Throne album, as well as producing a song for Beyoncé.

Asked whether he regrets self-leaking his debut album, Ocean responded: "No, I make pop culture."

He insisted that his label has now forgiven him for the decision to release his album free of charge, adding: "We're cool. There is a new album coming. I'm super proud of it."

Frank Ocean's first official release is expected to arrive this spring.

> Azealia Banks takes third place on BBC Sound of 2012 poll

Watch the music video for Frank Ocean's 'Swim Good' below:

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