If texting is still a thing when that happens.
If Frank Ocean's new album is anything near as pioneering as the measures fans are taking to cope with being repeatedly deprived of it, Boys Don't Cry will be well worth the excruciating wait. Following the introduction of Frank Ocean Snapchat filters and fans recording their own album containing tracks such as Cryboys and Super Pissed Kids, web developer Shahzeb Khan has created a service that will text (or email) you as soon as the album finally does drop. You can sign up to for free at at shahzeb.co/frank-ocean.
Khan explained on Reddit that his service works by frantically scanning iTunes, Twitter, and Spotify. Of course this means it will be quite ineffective if Ocean plans to secretly release the album as a brick-and-mortar Target exclusive — something we're not 100% sure he hasn't done already. In the meantime, Boys Do Cry really is quite the lyrically brilliant treat.
Text Hannah Ongley
Photography Todd Cole
Photography assistance Alex Aristei
Frank wears top French Connection. Chain model's own.
[The Royalty Issue, No. 318, Spring 12]