After a Kobe Bryant-esque pump fake on August 5 and a visual album release late Thursday night/early Friday morning, followed by a 3 AM drop of the video “Nikes,” Frank Ocean‘s new album, Blonde is finally here. Formerly titled Boys Don’t Cry, the album is 17 tracks in length and doesn’t have any features credited in the tracklist but a list in the accompanying physical book includes an extensive list of collaborators. Earlier today Ocean announced pop ups for the album via his website boysdontcry.co:
Fans who were able to get into the pop ups were able to get a copy of the Boys Don’t Cry book for free. Like Ocean’s newly released visual album, Endless is an Apple exclusive–aside from the copies available inside the physical book–which appear to be a slightly different version of the album than the one available via Apple. The long awaited album has a storied past, most recently based on a New York Times report dated August 1 stating an August 5 release date.
In addition, a previous teaser on his website in July showed both a July and November 2016 date, leading to speculation about the previously announced magazine arriving ahead of an album in the winter — or even a two disc release. In addition, Ocean had announced a July 2015 date last April, so there was plenty of reason to assume the album wouldn’t surface as promised.
For now, you can stream snippets of Blonde (stylized Blond on the album art) if you don’t have Apple Music, or stream the full thing if you’re a subscriber. You can also purchase the album on iTunes.