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Frank Ocean Leaves Def Jam, Releases ‘Blonde’ Independently

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Word on the street today is that Frank Ocean has split with Def Jam Records and released his critically-herald new album Blonde independently.

Most believed Ocean was still on the iconic label that released his debut album, 2012’s channel ORANGE, after originally signing him in 2009. However, The FADER confirms that his visual album Endless fulfilled the singer’s Def Jam obligations.

The full Blonde credits haven’t been made public yet, but Apple Music notes that the album was released through ‘Boys Don’t Cry,’ which is believed to be the name of Ocean’s independent label.

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Frank Ocean Opens ‘Boys Don’t Cry’ Pop-Up Shops, Thanks Fans for Their Endless Support

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Frank Ocean has taken over the past few days of the music world with the surprise release of his visual album Endless, and official sophomore album Blonde. In between releasing Endless and the surprise drop of Blonde, the singer-songwriter gave some very lucky fans in select cities the opportunity to get their hands on his long-awaited ‘Boys Don’t Cry’ magazine, along with a physical copy of the Blonde album.

On Saturday (Aug. 20) Ocean opened up four pop-up shops in New York, Chicago, Los Angeles and London. According to reports on Twitter, customers were given one free copy of the Boys Don’t Cry magazine, which also included a copy of the album. The mag, which comes wrapped in a silver packaging, reportedly features writing contributions from Kanye West, Nabil Elderkin, Viviane Sassen, Tom Sachs and others.

For many Ocean fans the 4 years since the release of 2012’s channel ORANGE have felt like an eternity without the release of his next album. Now that the project has finally arrived, Frank took to his Tumblr page to thank fans for their unwavering support. “I had the time of my life making all of this. Thank you all,” he wrote. “Especially those of you who never let me forget I had to finish. Which is basically every one of ya’ll. Haha. Love You.”

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Listen: Frank Ocean Releases New Album ‘Blonde’

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For once the rumors held true! Frank Ocean has finally released his official, oft-delayed sophomore album!

Following the visual album Endless and a video for “Nikes,” the singer-songwriter has delivered Blonde, the highly-anticipated follow-up to 2012’s channel ORANGE. Previously expected to be titled Boys Don’t Cry, the project hit Apple Music early Saturday evening.

The 17-track album features contributions from music’s biggest names including Beyoncé, André 3000, Kendrick Lamar, Tyler the Creator, Pharrell Williams, Kanye West, Jazmine Sullivan, and more.

The cover art shows a shirtless Ocean with a hand over his face, sporting green hair and a bandaged finger. The title is spelled ‘blond’ on the cover, and listed as ‘Blonde’ across iTunes.

To coincide with the launch, Ocean has opened pop-up shops in various cities including Los Angeles, New York, Chicago, and London where he is giving out free copies of his ‘Boys Don’t Cry’ magazine to fans.

Stream the album via Apple Music below, and pick it up on iTunes now.

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Video: Frank Ocean – Nikes

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The time has come for fans of Frank Ocean to rejoice. Just after dropping his new visual album Endless, the singer-songwriter has resurfaced with yet another track. Delivering a new song and video titled “Nikes,” Frank gives us some real NSFW vibes with this one.

Featuring special appearances from Trina and A$AP Rocky, and tributes to both Pimp C and Trayvon Martin, the interesting clip shows the artist in a dream-like visual. With scattered clips of a rapping Chihuahua, a man dressed in a devil outfit, massive glitter, naked bodies and a few people lit on fire, the video is surely one that will leave you with more than a few questions.

Compiled of both the chopped and screwed version and the more melodic sounding piece, the video to “Nikes” is not found on the recently released Endless, but may appear on the previously titled Boys Don’t Cry.

Check out the video below:

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Surprise! Frank Ocean Releases Visual Album ‘Endless’

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Surprise! Early Friday morning, Frank Ocean gave fans the first taste of new music since 2012’s channel ORANGE. Released as a live stream on his website BoysDontCry.co the singer-songwriter debuted a visual album titled ‘Endless.’

The video included footage of Ocean building a spiral staircase in a warehouse. The audio can be heard playing in the background over the sound of drills and construction.

Soon after the stream ended, the nearly 46-minute visual album, entitled Endless, debuted in its entirety on Apple Music. It features 18 tracks, with contributions from Jazmine Sullivan, James Blake, Sampha, and TROY NōKA. Ocean’s rendition of The Isley Brothers’ “At Your Best (You Are Love),” which Aaliyah famously covered, is also included.

There might be more on the way as well.

According to Rolling Stone, Endless is a different project from Boys Don’t Cry. Reports claim that Apple has plans to release that album this weekend.

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Frank Ocean Launches Mysterious ‘Boys Don’t Cry’ Video Stream

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The mysterious continues when it comes to Frank Ocean‘s long-awaited sophomore album Boys Don’t Cry.

On Sunday night (July 31), a random visual stream was posted on the singer’s website, BoysDontCry.co. It was a black-and-white video that appeared to be shot at a warehouse. However, no music was heard, at first. Those hoping it would lead to a Boys Don’t Cry release never got the album. Eventually, only sporadic snippets of music played in the background.

However, there could be reason to believe new music is on the way. Based on the logo that appears in the video, Apple Music is involved. Still, little more is known for certain. Artist Francisco Soriano took credit for directing the video, which appears to be titled “Endless,” in a since-deleted Instagram post. Soriano also added Apple’s Cupertino headquarters as the location for his update.

It would have made sense if Boys Don’t Cry dropped yesterday. At the top of last month, Frank teased a novel, as well as a July release date for the long-awaited album.

Another so-called release date has come and gone.

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Frank Ocean Appears In Calvin Klein’s New “MyCalvins” Campaign

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The reclusive Frank Ocean may finally be getting ready to return with his anticipated sophomore album. After teasing fans with an image, posted to his website, that listed July 2016 as a possible release date for the album, Boys Don’t Cry, the singer-songwriter is now appearing in a major ad for Calvin Klein.

Ocean joins the likes of Young Thug, soccer star James Rodriguez, actress Margot Robbie, among others in the “#MyCalvins” Fall 2016 campaign.

The fashion house made the announcement on Snapchat on Tuesday (July 5). In the ad, Frank appears on a retro style talk show, and explains how music is like a supplemental addiction to him. In one scene he stands against a wall hugging a Marilyn Monroe look-a-like.

Ocean’s fans have been starved for new material since his 2012 album Channel Orange, which bowed at No. 2 on the Billboard 200.

Check out Frank’s ad below.

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Frank Ocean Teases July Release Date for Anticipated New Album ‘Boys Don’t Cry’

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Another summer has arrived, and fans of Frank Ocean have begun to dismiss the talented artist from conversations. Only popping up on occasion with a Tumblr blog post, or random appearance, the singer/songwriter has been mostly reclusive while crafting his much-anticipated sophomore album Boys Don’t Cry.

Well, Ocean has now teased his fans once again with a pending release date on his website, BoysDontCry.co.

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