Frank Ocean may end years of speculation by finally releasing his new album this Friday.
The New York Times reports that Ocean’s second album ‘Boys Don’t Cry’ will arrive on August 5 exclusively on Apple Music, citing a source familiar with the release plans.
The long-awaited album will have a two week exclusivity period before becoming widely available on other services.
Ocean will also release a major music video and a printed publication to accompany the record.
Earlier today, Ocean unveiled a mysterious video on his official website in which a man – possibly Ocean himself – could be seen sawing pieces of wood. The footage was interspersed with clips of music.
The singer-songwriter’s new album was initially expected to be released in 2015, but its delay has contributed to mass frenzy among fans.
In March, Ocean’s producer Malay said that the album was “maybe a month away”.
Ocean’s friend Chance The Rapper has said that he is “making a masterpiece”, while James Blake has worked on the album and has called it “better” than ‘Channel Orange’.
In February this year new Frank Ocean music was leaked online, supposedly after a secret listening party. The untitled snippets were later removed due to copyright claims.
Ocean’s previous album ‘Channel Orange’ was released in July 2012.