Frank Ocean released his second and long-awaited album Blonde on 20 August and already it has become one of the most talked about collections of music on the internet. The singer, whose debut album Channel Orange was launched in 2012, has had fans waiting for its sequel for four years and going by the positive reactions it has been getting, the wait was worth it.
Ocean released Blonde exclusively on Apple Music via Beats 1, but also sold hard copies of the record at a number of pop-up stores across London, New York, Chicago and Los Angeles. Fans were able to get their hands on a special 360-page magazine called Boys Don't Cry which featured photos taken by the singer along with rap verses by Kanye West.
The album itself features collaborations with a number of known names from the music industry including Andre 3000, Beyoncé, Kanye West, Kendrick Lamar, Pharrell Williams, Radiohead's Jonny Greenwood, Arca, Fish and Gang Of Four. The late David Bowie and the Beatles are also featured in the album.
Read the IBTimes review of the album here.
Ocean shared a personal note on his Tumblr account at the time of the release, in which he gave fans a glimpse into his past.
"Two years ago I found an image of a kid with her hands covering her face. A seatbelt reached across her torso, riding up her neck and a mop of blonde hair stayed swept, for the moment, behind her ears. Her eyes seemed clear and calm but not blank, the road behind her seemed the same," he wrote in the post. "I put myself in her seat then I played it all out in my head. The claustrophobia hits as the seatbelt tightens, preventing me from even leaning forward in my seat... the pressing on internal organs. I lean back and forward to release it. Then backwards and forward again. There it is—I got free."
A day before the album's launch, Ocean released a 45-minute, 18-track visual album called Endless and on Saturday morning, he debuted the first single from Blonde, Nikes, which pays tribute to 17-year-old Trayvon Martin an African American from Miami Gardens, who was fatally shot by George Zimmerman, a neighborhood watch volunteer in 2012.
Below are some celebrity reactions to Frank Ocean's album Blonde: