Is a new Frank Ocean album on the way?


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A picture of Frank Ocean from 2012.

David Rowe, Staff Writer

Frank Ocean came onto the music scene in 2006, when he moved to Los Angeles and established himself as a songwriter, writing for artists like John Legend and Justin Bieber. He then joined hip-hop collective Odd Future in 2009, and began working on a mixtape of his own, after tension grew between him and Def Jam Records. He soon released his first mixtape, Nostalgia, Ultra, which was critically acclaimed by many. In the following years he would release his first studio album, Channel Orange, which included the single that would put him on the mainstream map- ‘Thinkin’ Bout You”. Then in 2016 he released his second highly acclaimed studio album, Blonde, which peaked at number one in many countries, including the United States.

Despite picking up millions of loyal fans and tons of support in the music industry, Ocean would not release music for three years. It wasn’t until a few weeks ago that he finally released music following Blonde. At his PrEP+ club night, he played two new songs- “Dear April” and “Cayendo”, along with remixes for each. Although neither of these songs were released onto music streaming platforms, Ocean surprised fans when he released a new single “DHL” after it premiered at the end of his Beat’s 1 radio show. Less than a week later, Ocean released another surprise track, “In My Room”While Ocean has not made any comments about an upcoming project, based on silhouettes across the bottom of the album art for his two new singles, fans have speculated that each one represents a song that will be on the unannounced Blonde follow-up.