Tuesday, April 16, 2024

Pop: R&B Star Frank Ocean Has a New Album! Surprise! Dropping on Friday

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Surprise! The music biz had pretty much gone into a ditch with no sight of a tow truck.

But on Friday, Frank Ocean will drop a new album called “Boys Don’t Cry” on Apple Music. Ben Sisario got the scoop in the New York Times, and I’ve confirmed it.

The R&B sensation hasn’t released an album since his hit debut, “Channel Orange,” in 2012.

So far this year has been all about Adele, Drake and Beyonce. Kanye West thinks it was about him, but it wasn’t since not many people heard his album. If you add Ocean to this sea of music, that makes four albums that could be in Album of the Year along with David Bowie’s “Blackstar” and Paul Simon’s “Stranger to Stranger.”

The Times was tipped off to the big wave Ocean is making from social media. Frank posted a video about absolutely nothing. But at least “Boys Don’t Cry” will be on AppleMusic and not the dreadful Tidal. And maybe in a few days on Spotify et.

Roger Friedman
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Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.
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