Frank Ocean has delivered not one, but two albums to his anxiously awaiting fans in less than 48 hours. The 28-year-old artist dropped his second studio album, Blonde, Saturday night. The follow-up to his 2012 Channel Orange has been one of the most anticipated albums of the year.
Here is what you need to know about the 17-track LP.
1.There are two versions. The artist staged pop-up shops on Saturday in Los Angeles, New York, Chicago and London, where the album came accompanied with copies of a print publication, titled Boys Don’t Cry. The physical copy has 12 tracks whereas the digital copy has 17.
2. He gave his fans a shout-out. Shortly after releasing Blonde, Ocean left a note to his loyal fans on his Tumblr writing:
“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.”
3. Some of music’s heavyweights are credited. If you listen closely you can hear Beyonce singing in the background of Pink + White and Andre 3000 rapping on Solo (Reprise). Ocean gives sample credits to countless artists from David Bowie, James Blake, Jazmine Sullivan, Kanye West, Kendrick Lamar, Pharrell Williams and so much more.
4. The first track Nikes already has a music video. Early Saturday morning, Ocean released the NSFW video which features him rocking eyeliner, nudity and a cameo from A$AP Rocky.
5. It’s streaming exclusively on Apple Music. There has been no indication as to when the album will be available through other streaming services.
What do you think of Ocean’s latest projects? Has he met your expectations?