Frank Ocean Finally Releases Long-Awaited Album
Music| | By Sara Wilkins
Ocean’s second album Blonde, a 17-track LP that also contains his fresh single “Nikes,” became available to buy via streaming app Apple Music on Saturday, two days after the release of his surprise visual album Endless. While many have reported that Endless is Ocean’s long-awaited new record, Rolling Stone confirmed it is in fact a separate project to his follow-up LP Blonde, which was initially believed to be called Boys Don’t Cry. Instead, the name Boys Don’t Cry applies to a print publication that customers received when they purchased his album Blonde at pop-up shop locations installed in London, Los Angeles, New York and Chicago. Ocean has kept the surprises coming for fans over the summer and he has been teasing listeners about the release of his second album since last year. Earlier this month he hit headlines after posting a cryptic live video stream on his website, showing an Apple Music-sponsored black and white video feed of a warehouse. Ocean updated his live stream on Thursday with footage of him building a staircase in the same warehouse, which are the basis for the visuals seen in Endless. His 18-track visual album Endless features collaborations with musicians such as James Blake, Radiohead’s Jonny Greenwood and Jazmine Sullivan, and the London Contemporary Orchestra provides much of the beautiful background tunes thanks to its cello, violin, double bass and viola players.