The Frank Ocean confusion continues, but that's okay because fans are well-used to it by now. Whether questioning his sexuality or trying to understand album release dates, the confusion seems endless, not to mention, fans are still uncertain as to whether or not his 'album' Endless is in fact an album.
Release Date Confusion
After the success of his first EP preceded by a span of ghostwriting, Frank Ocean released a debut studio album titled Channel Orange, back in 2012. Reaching number 2 on the Billboard charts, fans instantaneously began craving a sophomore album.
This is when Ocean's coded confusion began to descend upon his mass of fans, starting with the hint of an album in 2013 together with a claim of collaborations with artists such as Tyler, The Creator and Danger Mouse. This was then followed by a promised release date in 2014 and an entirely new string of collaborating artists. By the end of 2014 Ocean had only released a snippet of a song titled "Memrise."
In 2015, July was said to be the month for a new album titled Boys Don't Cry. July came and went and still, there was nothing. Both Frank and his brother began posting an image of a card with scratched out dates ranging from July 2015 to November 2016.
With new album Boys Don't Cry nowhere to be heard, something else appeared on the Ocean horizon that kept fans guessing. It was a video that featured Frank Ocean building a staircase. The artist's woodworking expedition was the precursor to the release of a 45-minute long visual album titled Endless.
Suddenly, and quite left-of-field the long-awaited sophomore album was released, with an equally left-of-field name: Blonde. To this day, there is a lack of clarity regarding Endless: does it count as an album? If so, we await a fourth album, if not, and this is where most of the Ocean fan-camp sits, then we await a third.
New Album Confusion
With all his album promises (finally) fulfilled, fans of course are eagerly awaiting the next thing from Frank Ocean. Today marks the start of the confusion, as Ocean has published yet another cryptic message on his Tumblr.
“WELL I MADE THE ALBUM BEFORE 30. I JUST AIN'T PUT THAT BITCH OUT!” -QUOTES FROM AN INTERVIEW I HAVEN’T GIVEN HAHA"
Only time, and a little bit of deciphering, will tell when his next record will be released. Until then, listen to the most popular Frank Ocean song on Indie Shuffle, "Eyes Like Sky."
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