Frank Ocean's 'Blonde' Album Reportedly Getting a Physical Release
Frank Ocean’s Blonde is reportedly getting a physical release. The album was streamed as an Apple Music exclusive this past August. Blonde follows his 2012 album, Channel Orange.
The album was a hotly anticipated release when it dropped on Aug. 20 after years of speculation as to exactly when it would be released. Last Friday (Sept. 9) the album finally appeared on Spotify.
A report released to Billboard states, “Ocean’s camp is searching for a label or distributor that can take the album beyond its iTunes/Apple Music exclusive.”
Insiders also said to the publication that the singer is “more likely to land on a distribution partner that can cover both digital services and the thousands of brick and mortar music stores around the globe. The frontrunners are believed to be BMG, which also serves as Ocean’s publisher, and Kobalt.”
BMG issued a statement that read, “BMG is in discussions on a regular basis with a variety of artists, producers and management teams about working together. When we have news to share, we’ll be sure to be in touch.”
In accordance with the release of Blonde, Ocean also unleashed a list of his favorite songs for the zine Boys Don’t Cry. The zine had several surprises enclosed, including a love letter to McDonald’s from Kanye West. He additionally named Bowie, Kanye West, Jamie xx, Kendrick Lamar, Beyonce, the Beatles, Andre 3000, Brian Eno and Pharrell amongst the contributors.
After the release of Blonde and the zine for it, his mother Katonya Breaux had been telling fans not to pay the exorbitant prices on eBay for a copy. Her advice to fans gave rise to rumors that more were going to be released following the ones available at various pop-up shops. The prices on eBay nearly reached $800 because so few were released.