After repeated delays and false starts, Frank Ocean has finally released his sophomore album Blonde. The album, which was formerly known as Boys Don't Cry, was slated to drop on August 5th, but a report from The New York Times detailing the release caused Ocean and his team to push the project back after they lost the element of surprise, according to a source close to the situation.
The 17-track album features an impressive list of contributors including Beyoncé, Kanye West, Pharrell, Andre 3000, Tyler The Creator, James Blake, Jamie xx, and Rick Rubin. Blonde, which comes in at just over an hour long, will be an Apple Music and iTunes exclusive for two weeks.
Ocean has been playing a series of videos directed by Francisco Soriano and streamed by Apple Music on a website dedicated to Boys Don't Cry since August 1st, which has helped raise the hype surrounding the album to a fever pitch over the past few weeks. He began playing snippets of a number of new songs on the stream on Thursday night, which turned out to be his new visual album, Endless, and followed that release with the music video for "Nikes," the first track on Blonde early this morning.
Ocean's first album, Channel Orange, has even made its way back onto the Billboard Charts for the first time in three years, as fans have turned back to the classic project that turned Ocean from an accomplished writer into a reclusive superstar. With the release of Endless and Blonde, the long wait for Frank Ocean's sophomore album is finally over.