Ap­ple re­leases new Frank Ocean al­bum

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NASHVILLE, TENN. >> Ap­ple Mu­sic has re­leased new and lon­gawaited mu­sic from Gram­my­win­ning singer Frank Ocean in the form of a 45-minute “vis­ual al­bum.”

The com­pany tweeted a link to the mu­sic video “End­less” by the R&B artist Thurs­day night. The link is avail­able only to sub­scribers of Ap­ple’s mu­sic stream­ing ser­vice.

The video shows blackand-white footage of Ocean build­ing a stair­case in a ware­house over new mu­sic, a dif­fer­ent ap­proach from the se­ries of con­nected mu­sic videos that Bey­once re­leased on HBO for her vis­ual al­bum, “Lemon­ade.”

Ocean is cred­ited as the di­rec­tor of the video, and it fea­tures a ver­sion of an Is­ley Broth­ers song and guest mu­si­cians James Blake, Jonny Green­wood of Ra­dio­head and the Lon­don Con­tem­po­rary Or­ches­tra. Ocean has been teas­ing in­for­ma­tion about his next al­bum on his web­site boys­dontcry.co, but rep­re­sen­ta­tives from Univer­sal Mu­sic Group and Ap­ple Mu­sic didn’t im­me­di­ately re­spond to emails seek­ing com­ment.

Fans have been anx­iously await­ing the 28-year-old singer’s first al­bum in four years.

Ocean’s widely ac­claimed de­but al­bum, “Chan­nel Or­ange,” was re­leased in 2012. The record fea­tured the hit song “Thinkin Bout You” and earned him two Grammy Awards, in­clud­ing best ur­ban con­tem­po­rary al­bum.

Ocean is known for his pre­vi­ous as­so­ci­a­tion with the al­ter­na­tive hip-hop group Odd Fu­ture. He has also writ­ten songs for Bey­once, Justin Bieber, John Leg­end and Brandy.

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