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Calvin Klein’s recent ad campaign with Frank Ocean momentarily brought the elusive singer out of the shadows. Now, thanks to a clever Reddit user, it’s also given us an idea of what he’s been up to since the 2012 release of Channel Orange.
Cracking in to the source code of Calvin Klein’s website, Reddit user pilotjoness found a hidden passage written about Frank that includes the line: “He has published a magazine and worked on a novel while continuing to perfect his highly anticipated second album.”
The magazine was revealed long ago, but besides an offhanded mention that he “might just write a novel next” in an interview with The Guardian back in 2012, this is the first we’re hearing that he’s followed through on the idea.
Of course, while the idea of a novel from Frank is exciting, most fans are still waiting on the album—especially after recent hints that it might come this month. Unfortunately, the passage (which reads like a press release) doesn’t mention an album release date and actually hints that we’ll have to wait a while longer, saying: “So while he continues to work on that, we’ll continue to wait, as long as it takes, because when Frank Ocean does something, he does it right. The wait will be worth it.”
The full passage can be read by digging through the source code here. It’s also included below.
Frank Ocean is one of the most artistic and enigmatic musicians working today. Though it has been more than four years since he released his debut studio album, Channel Orange, interest in Ocean hasn’t waned. Instead, it’s increased.
He is known for being a perfectionist, and a pursuant of creativity in all forms. He resists pressure and follows his own vision. He has published a magazine and worked on a novel while continuing to perfect his highly anticipated second album.
Ocean shuns interviews and social media, and prefers instead to speak through his work. He has said that when it comes to understanding music, the most important thing is to just press play.
Ocean is a powerful storyteller, using his own openness and honesty to create an emotionally intimate world in each of his songs. With his craft, his aim is not money, power, or fame, but to grow, progress, evolve and eventually be the absolute best.
So while he continues to work on that, we’ll continue to wait, as long as it takes, because when Frank Ocean does something, he does it right. The wait will be worth it.
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