When Frank Ocean finally re-appeared in a Calvin Klein ad campaign last month, and some serious web-sleuths found out he’d be writing a book, rumors began swirling as to when the singer would actually release his long-awaited follow-up album, Boys Don’t Cry. According to The New York Times, the wait is almost over—and if The Times said it, it must be true.
Reportedly out this Friday exclusively with Apple, Boys Don’t Cry will also come with a music video and a printed publication of the same name, which Ocean teased online last year. The album will supposedly be available only with Apple for two weeks, before making its way to all other streaming platforms.
This will be Ocean’s first real release since his 2012 breakout debut, Channel Orange, after which the singer pretty much disappeared, save for a few mysterious Internet posts and a cameo on The Life of Pablo. Since then, fans have been reading into all of the singer’s social media activity, trying to decipher any hint as to when the album will be released. Malay, Ocean’s producer, claimed in March that the album was “about a month away.” Fast forward to August, and it seems like we’re still vying for information.
With all the delays thus far, there’s really no way to know whether or not we’ll be hearing the album this Friday—but here’s hoping.