Frank Ocean Finally Released His Eagerly-Anticipated Album: Blonde

After four years of rampant speculation, Frank Ocean has finally dropped his greatly anticipated second album: Blonde. The project formerly conjectured to be named Boys Don’t Cry was suspected to be released on August 5th due to The New York Times report. However, Ocean pushed back the release to this week to maintain the element of surprise.

The long-teased album boasts 17 tracks and is the eventual follow up to the experimental R&B artist’s 2012 critically acclaimed album, Channel Orange.

This release came just two days after releasing his 45-minute, 18 track visual album Endless on Apple Music, and just a day after dropping a music video for Nikes, which has ended up as track no.1 on Blonde.

After the release, Ocean used his preferred method of social media, Tumblr to respond saying:

“I HAD THE TIME OF MY LIFE MAKING ALL OF THIS. THANK YOU ALL. ESPECIALLY THOSE OF YOU WHO NEVER LET ME FORGET I HAD TO FINISH. WHICH IS BASICALLY EVERY ONE OF YA’LL. HAHA. LOVE YOU.”

Within the 17 tracks there is a plethora of impressive contributors, guest appearing including: Kanye West, Pharrell, Beyoncé, James Blake, Andre 3000, Jamie XX, A$AP Rocky and others.

Apple have a two week exclusive on the album and therefore, is the only place it can be heard until it eventually appears on the likes of Spotify. The practice of artists offering exclusives to the likes of Apple, Spotify and Tidal has come under criticism however. This year Beyoncé and Rihanna both launched their latest albums initially on the Jay-Z owned Tidal streaming service. Just days after Blonde’s release, Lucian Grainge the CEO of Universal Music Group has reportedly asserted that the company’s labels will stop the ‘exclusive’ distribution practice moving forward.

#BLONDE from Frank Ocean. Exclusively on Apple Music. (link in bio)

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Of course after such a long wait, Ocean’s fans have been firstly overwhelmed with joy at the release and secondly forthcoming with emotions for the content of the latest releases.

Ocean’s first album Channel Orange has even reappeared in the Billboard Charts for the first time in three years after its 2012 release. Channel Orange saw an accomplished writer and contributor become a reclusive star; a star who could keep his fans waiting for four long years for new music and still maintain god-like status. After years of torment, with only small teasing glimpses of Ocean, Endless and Blonde has ended the long wait.

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