Frank Ocean has released "Blonde," his second album in as many days, turning the enigmatic R&B crooner's comeback into both a test of endurance and an ambitious reworking of the album release. After weeks of rumors, the singer on Saturday released "Blonde," the official follow-up to his heralded, Grammy-winning 2012 major-label debut, "Channel Orange." The 17-track LP is available exclusively to Apple Music streaming subscribers, with one exception: Copies of the work accompanied a free print publication titled "Boys Don't Cry" at pop-up shops in cities including New York, Chicago, London and Los Angeles (on Fairfax Avenue). Dozens of pop music heavyweights are credited on the album including Andre 3000, Beyoncé, James Blake, Jamie XX, Kanye West, Kendrick Lamar, Malay, Om'Mas Keith, Tyler the Creator, Rick Rubin and Pharrell Williams. David Bowie, Elliott Smith and the Beatles are also credited as contributors, though it is unclear if Ocean is crediting samples or if he got his hands on unreleased recordings.
After announcing their sixth and final album, "We Got It from Here… Thank You 4 Your Service," A Tribe Called Quest has also announced the arrival of a pop up shop for the weekend of Nov. 11. Like Kanye West, Drake and The Weeknd have done this year, the legendary hip-hop group will open up a shop for a limited time that will sell exclusive merchandise. The shop at 393 Broadway in New York City and will be open from 3:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m on Nov. 11 and 12 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. on Nov. 12 and Nov. 13. Items for sale at the shop will include t-shirts, hoodies, sweatpants and jackets. Every purchase will come with an MP3 download of the upcoming album while a bundle featuring a vinyl version of the album and an MP3 download will also be available.
Pablo is back and he's coming to a city near you! Kanye West announced on Wednesday that he and his team would be setting up 21 pop up shops around the globe selling merchandise tied to his most recent album, "The Life of Pablo." The shops are slated to open on Friday, Aug. 19, according to Vogue magazine. Several are expected to open on five of seven continents including North America, Africa, Europe, Asia and Australia. U.S. shoppers in and around Los Angeles, New York City, Houston and Miami will have the opportunity to score "TLOP" merch -- though they should expect to wait in extremely long lines and brave hoards of eager shoppers.
Rapper Kanye West claims that his pop-up shop in New York City, which was open for three days this past weekend, sold 1 million worth of merchandise in just two days. The shop sold merchandise tied to West's latest album, The Life of Pablo, including hats, shirts, hoodies and 400 vintage denim jackets. It was also paradise for resellers, with multiple customers purchasing thousands of dollars worth of clothes, only to sell them on eBay for much, much higher prices. The Pablo pop up was almost a pop up of influence. SEE ALSO: At Kanye West's pop-up shop, everyone gets a chance to feel like Pablo West also took time out to tweet about other things, naturally, going on a philosophical stream about truth, love and humanity.
When Frank Ocean fan Cornelius Wells heard news of a surprise, promotional pop-up shop opened by the R&B singer on Saturday afternoon, Wells was in the midst of driving to the Inland Empire to drop off a friend. Wells saw that Ocean, who hadn't released a new record since the Grammy-winning album "Channel Orange" in 2012, had posted on his website an address in West Hollywood, along with others in London, Chicago and New York. Could it mean that the enigmatic artist was at long last releasing a much anticipated new album? "We made a U-turn immediately," said Wells, standing outside that address near the intersection of Fairfax and Melrose avenues, which normally houses the Centerfold International Newsstand. His friend, Nicholas Lores, was supposed to be at a family function but peer pressure won out.