A livestreamed video launched on Ocean’s website at the start of August, leading to speculation by fans that the R&B performer would soon release his long-awaited new album ‘Boys Don’t Cry’. In the video, Ocean appeared to be building something, all set to a backdrop of ambient music. However, Ocean has not appeared in the livestream for over 10 days now.
Ocean fans on Reddit now claim to have located the Brooklyn warehouse that the singer appears to have filmed the footage. An online listing for ‘warehouse event space’ WhiteBox states its rental cost as $3,200 per day.
A description reads: “WhiteBox is an ideal site for receptions, fashion shows, film shoots or screenings, photo shoots, theater and dance performances, rehearsals, live music and sound art, artists talks, lectures and panels, and more”.
It is not known whether Ocean is still renting the space or whether the livestream was pre-recorded.
Meanwhile, Ocean’s producer Malay has responded to fan frustration over the delay of new album ‘Boys Don’t Cry’.
Malay – real name James Ho – responded to a fan’s question in a Reddit AMA, saying: “First of all we all massively appreciate and love you guys, Frank has told me this himself many times.”
“To be fair [though], art cannot be rushed,” he added. “It’s about making sure the perfect aesthetic for the situation has been reached, to do that, takes constant tweaking, trial and error… That goes for any creative [situation]”.
Quizzed over whether Ocean’s album was ever likely to be released on August 5, Malay replied: “Never heard of an actual date… Then again I don’t pay attention to a lot of stuff”.
He also described Ocean’s work ethic as “very focused and persistent… Yet very free”.
Over the weekend, Apple representatives were allegedly telling fans Ocean’s new album will be released in the next 24 to 72 hours.
Meanwhile, Ocean’s debut album ‘Channel Orange’ has re-entered the US charts. Following the no-show of its follow-up, the record has seen a 40 percent spike in sales and is now at number 146 on the Billboard 200. It is the first time it has appeared in the charts since May 2013.