Frank Ocean has surprised fans with the early release of his new album Channel Orange.
Just before Ocean’s performance of Bad Religion on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon Monday night, the host made a surprise announcement that Channel Orange was now available on iTunes a week ahead of the 17 July in-store release date.
Ocean made this surprise move after coming out in an open letter posted on Tumblr last week. In the letter, Ocean describes how his first love was a man he met when he was 19. Ocean has not specified whether he considers himself bisexual or gay, but on Channel Orange he sings romantically about both genders.
In his first ever televised performance, Ocean crooned lines hauntingly applicable to his announcement, including: “I can’t tell you the truth about my disguise, I can’t trust no one,” and “It’s a bad religion to be in love with one who could never love you back.”
Released smack dab in the middle of summer, the mellow R&B Channel Orange is Ocean’s major label debut. Songs includes appearances by Andre 3000, John Mayer and Ocean’s fellow Odd Future member Earl Sweatshirt.
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