Frank Ocean surprises fans with new visual album ‘Endless’

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The Thinkin Bout You singer has finally delivered a follow-up to the 2012 phenomenon Channel Orange.

Ending months of speculation, Frank Ocean has released his eagerly awaited new album, titled Endless.

The 18-track visual album will be streamed exclusively on Apple Music.

Frank Ocean surprises fans with new visual album ‘Endless’

It is accompanied by a 45-minute, black and white video of the artist at a working on a construction project.

The record features contributions by James Blake and Radiohead’s Jonny Greenwood.

It appeared early on Friday – almost three years after it was first announced.

In a statement, Apple Music said fans should “keep an eye out this weekend for more from Frank”.

According to Rolling Stone magazine, Endless itself is only a “placeholder”, with the star’s “proper” new album due this weekend.

There is no apparent reason for the repeated delays to Ocean’s album.

He claimed to have completed it last year and at least one of the tracks dates back 20 months.

The album was originally called ‘Boys Don’t Cry’, but it’s believed Ocean decided to scrap it for something else.

Ocean spoke for many earlier this year, after writing a touching eulogy for the late singer Prince.

He later posted a tribute to those lost in the Orlando Pulse mass shooting which left 49 dead.

The singer won praise after he discussed his relationship with other men on his debut album.

Kanye West spoke out in support of Ocean, praising the star for combatting homophobia in the music industry.

However, some in the industry have accused the ‘Lost’ singer of exploiting the LGBT community, with others refusing to work with him since he came out.