Frank Ocean’s ‘Blonde’ was delayed to regain ‘element of surprise’

Rapper's new LP finally landed at the weekend

The release date of Frank Ocean‘s new album ‘Blonde’ was initially pushed back to regain an element of surprise.

The LP, which finally landed last weekend, was due to come out on August 5. However, it never surfaced and no explanation was given at the time.

But according to a source close to the situation, the release caused Ocean and his team to push the project back after they lost “the element of surprise”, reports The Verge.

The 17-track album features the likes of Beyonce, Kendrick Lamar and Andre 3000.

It includes new single ‘Nikes’ and comes with a magazine called ‘Boys Don’t Cry’ (the former working title of the record itself).

Ocean’s album was first expected to be released in July 2015 but when it failed to surface, fans speculated that it would be released in July of this year instead.

However, there was also speculation that the album could have been released in November instead.

It finally landed two days after he began playing snippets of a number of new songs on his website last Thursday (August 18), which turned out to be his new visual album, ‘Endless’.

Meanwhile, Ocean is on course to score his first UK Number One album this weekend, according to midweek chart figures.

It is already over 4,000 combined sales ahead of Dolly Parton’s ‘Pure & Simple’, which is at Number Two.

Ocean’s mum Katonya Breaux has also urged fans not to pay “ridiculous” eBay prices for copies of ‘Boys Don’t Cry’ – the free magazine produced to accompany his new album.

Limited copies of Ocean’s zine were handed out on August 21, with some now being sold on eBay with an asking price of nearly $800 – just over £600.