It is a long wait for a new Frank Ocean album.
Frank Ocean, as the innovative and enigmatic R&B singer, is set to release his next album, “Boys Don’t Cry,” on Friday through an exclusive deal with Apple Music, according to a person with knowledge of the release plans. The release is also expected to include a major video and a printed publication called “Boys Don’t Cry” that will be distributed at Apple stores.
“Boys Don’t Cry” is one of the year’s most anticipated new albums, and Mr. Ocean’s first since “Channel Orange”
in 2012, which was widely hailed by critics and nominated
for six Grammy Awards (it won one, for best urban contemporary album). Mr. Ocean himself first announced the new title three years ago, and seemed to play with the long wait when he included the image of an old-school library due-date slip labeled “Boys Don’t Cry” on awebsite connected to the album, with a series of stamped dates going back over a year. Given the number of delays the album has already had, it seems possible that Mr. Ocean could decide to put off the release beyond Friday.
Frank Ocean was an obvious talent, but Channel Orange
‘s 2012 release made him a star. The album was universally recognized as one of the best of the year by critics, and was also nominated for six Grammy awards. It was commercially successful, too, debuting at #2 on the Billboard album charts. And in an elegant and brief note published on Tumblr
a week before the album’s release, Ocean told the world he was bisexual. It was a revelation that rendered the album’s love songs even more affecting and helped to make music a more progressive space. Boys Don’t Cry
probably won’t have the same social impact asChannel Orange
— let’s find out how it fares in terms of songcraft.
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