After a whirlwind, unconventional release, Frank Ocean's new album is coasting toward the top of the charts. "Blonde," the follow-up to the enigmatic singer's critically acclaimed and Grammy-winning major label debut, "Channel Orange," is expected to debut at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 -- a first for Ocean. Released Saturday exclusively to Apple Music and available for purchase through the iTunes store, the album is projected to debut with 225,000 to 250,000 equivalent albums, Billboard reported late Monday. The arrival of "Blonde" (also stylized as "blond") followed a rollout that kept fans guessing. In April 2015, Ocean announced that he had completed an album, to be called "Boys Don't Cry," and his reps confirmed the album and an accompanying publication would arrive in July of that year.
When Frank Ocean released his highly anticipated album "Blonde" in August, it quickly became of the most popular projects of the year and received critical acclaim. With as well as it sold and the amount of praise it received, it was a shock to fans when it was revealed that "Blonde" would not be nominated for a Grammy. It was eventually revealed that the album was not submitted to the 2017 Grammys in time for a nomination but now, Ocean has revealed why he chose not to submit the album. During an interview with the New York Times, the singer explained his reasoning, calling it his "Colin Kaepernick moment." According to Ocean, the Grammys are not doing a good job of representing his people.
The 2017 Grammy Award nominations will be announced in a few months, but fans sadly won't see Frank Ocean on the list although he just released two new albums. After a four-year hiatus, Ocean released the visual album "Endless" and his second studio album "Blonde" in August, but neither one will get any recognition from the Grammys. According to Billboard, it's all because of a missed deadline. Both "Blonde" and "Endless" were released in August, well before the Grammy nomination deadline of Sept. 30. However, sources told the outlet that Ocean's management, labels and other reps never submitted the albums for consideration.
Despite making his fans wait four long years without any new music, people have easily forgiven American singer and songwriter Frank Ocean because his new album "Blonde" has swept everybody away. "Blonde" has 17 tracks and quite the list of contributors, which include Beyoncé, David Bowie, Kanye West and Kendrick Lamar, according to CNN. The album was released on Saturday, just days after he debuted a visual album called "Endless," which included 12 songs and interludes as long as 45 minutes. For the visual album, he collaborated with R&B singer Jazmine Sullivan, Radiohead's Jonny Greenwood and British artist James Blake. The surprise release of "Blonde" took Twitter by storm, and Ocean's loyal fans showered his new music with superlatives.
Frank Ocean has finally stopped toying with our emotions. After four long years and many delays, the enigmatic singer has given the clamouring masses not one, but two new albums. His second studio effort Blond was released Saturday on Apple Music, following a surprise 45-minute visual album Endless that debuted on the streaming service late Thursday. SEE ALSO: 10 WTF moments from Frank Ocean's NSFW'Nikes' music video For some reason, the album is called Blonde not Blond on Apple Music. It could be an auto-correct error, or it could be Ocean playing with your mind.