Frank Ocean‘s younger brother Ryan Breaux has pulled a prank on the R&B star’s fans awaiting a new album.
Ocean was expected to release a new album called ‘Boys Don’t Cry’ in July, the follow-up to his 2012 major label debut ‘Channel Orange’ and 2011 mixtape ‘Nostalgia, Ultra’. However, the LP has yet to surface.
On Saturday (August 1), Breaux tricked Ocean’s fans into thinking his album had been released by posting an image of the singer to Instagram with the caption: “Its finally out! Link in my bio”.
However, the link led to Rick Astley’s ‘Never Gonna Give You Up’, following the Internet prank of sending an unwitting user to the song by the 80s star.
Check the Instagram post below.
It is thought that Frank Ocean recorded some of his new album at London’s Abbey Road studios. French pianist Christophe Chassol recently revealed the news to Gilles Peterson on BBC Radio 6 Music.
Chassol said: “Ocean invited me to Abbey Road to record on his album… He asked me to do some speech harmonization on a song with him. After a while, it was cool and he was like, ‘yeah, but we have to find another way because you already did it’.”
The composer also talked about what it was like to work with Ocean in the studio, adding: “The guy is smart. He’s really smart… I’ve never worked with that much money in music. It’s good sometimes to have money, because you can try things.”
In November 2014, Frank Ocean released new song ‘memrise’. It’s not yet known whether the track will feature on his upcoming album.
The R&B musician angered fans in April when it was announced that he would be “joining” the line-up of James Blake’s 1-800 Dinosaur tour. Ocean was instead simply covering the gigs for his new magazine and failed to grace the stage.