Are you there, Frank Ocean? It’s me, Jeremy. I was wondering if you were still planning on releasing Boys Don’t Cry.
If you’re anything like me, you’ve been anxiously awaiting the release of Odd Future member Frank Ocean’s follow-up to channel ORANGE. Released in 2012 and promoted with three singles — “Thinkin’ Bout You,” “Pyramids,” and “Sweet Life” — channel ORANGE was the debut project by the Long Beach native.
The record, Ocean’s studio debut album, was well received by critics — currently holding a 92 on Metacritic— was named 2012’s best album by a plethora of publications like Billboard, Entertainment Weekly, The Guardian, the Los Angeles Times, and The Washington Post. It is certified Gold in the U.S., selling an estimated 621,000 copies in its release year. In Australia, channel ORANGE went Platinum, selling well over one million copies in its release year.
Frank Ocean, real name Christopher Edwin Breaux, had the entire world scrupulously watching his next move, preying on him in ardent anticipation. In 2013, Frank confirmed his second full-length project titled Boys Don’t Cry. Multiple publications alluded to a release in July 2015, but any specifics about the album were nebulous and uncertain. Well, it’s now 2016 and clearly Boys Don’t Cry didn’t come out in July 2015.
But you know what? That’s okay, Frank. We can still be friends. I’m still bumping channel ORANGE, so it’s fine. For now.
However, it seemed Frank Ocean’s sophomore album was set to drop in July of this year.
As previously reported here on The Inquisitr, “Earlier today [July 2], Ocean’s website was updated for the first time in over a year when a picture of a library card appeared. A date stamp at the bottom of the card shows July 2016 but has the exact date smudged out.”
We weren’t the only ones who finally saw light at the end of the tunnel; the year long wait was almost over. It felt like waiting for Final Fantasy XV—formerly Final Fantasy Versus XIII—or The Last Guardian, except it hadn’t been ten years. Thankfully, both games are expected to release September 30 and October 25, respectively. Fingers crossed. Sadly, as July came and went, Boys Don’t Cry still has yet to see the light of day.
But you know what? That’s okay, Frank. We can still be friends. Though you’re starting to test my patience.
As the end of July swept over us, August shielded us from being blown away in the summer winds. And, as July ended, Frank Ocean’s official Boys Don’t Cry website, boysdontcry.co, updated with new information. The biggest change, aside from the photo of a library card with the indecipherable July 2016 date, is a livestream of Frank in a warehouse cutting wood. What he’s cutting wood for is anybody’s guess. This livestream has an Apple Music watermark in the top right-hand side, hinting that whenever Boys Don’t Cry comes out, it will be exclusive to Apple Music for a while before a worldwide release. The New York Times reported that Ocean intended to release Boys Don’t Cry on August 5, and according to the New York Times, this information comes from someone with inside knowledge of Ocean’s release plans. Great! That’s excellent! Well, it’s the end of August 5, and Boys Don’t Cry is still not out. Unfortunately, it seems fans’ patience—and mine, to a degree—have worn thin. A quick search on Twitter for “Frank Ocean” will yield an exorbitant amount of dank memes of people’s reactions and feels on the matter.
— J. Smith (@Sir_JaLon) August 6, 2016
So, you know what? Clearly, Boys Do Cry, Frank.
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