Frank Ocean Announces New Album, Possibly Titled ‘Boys Don’t Cry’
The wait for Frank Ocean to follow up Channel Orange doesn't seem like it'll last much longer: The singer posted a photo on his website recently (April 6) of himself with what appears to be two different versions of an upcoming album scheduled for release in July 2015, titled Boys Don't Cry. The photo, seen below, is accompanied by the caption, "'I got two versions. I got twoooo versions.' #ISSUE1 #ALBUM3 #JULY2015 #BOYSDONTCRY"
According to Pitchfork, "Reports from the album's sessions hinted that Ocean was working with Hit-Boy ("N----s in Paris", Drake, Nicki Minaj), Rodney Jerkins (Whitney Houston, Michael Jackson, Destiny's Child), Happy Perez, Charlie Gambetta, and Kevin Ristro." Ocean shared a snippet of a new song called "Memrise" in November 2014, although it's unclear if the track will appear on the upcoming album.
Channel Orange was released in July 2012, and Ocean's been up to a lot since then: He's worked with Jay Z, John Mayer, Nas, Diplo and members of the Clash. He performed at the Grammys and won an Grammy with Channel Orange for Best Urban Contemporary Album. He even fought Chris Brown and told Chipotle to "f--- off" after a legal battle that stemmed from Ocean pulling out of an advertising campaign for the restaurant chain.