Before we venture too far into the details of Frank Ocean’s promotional schedule, a word on just that. There have been approximately 6,312,598 words–this is an official total that you are very fre to cite–written in the two days since Ocean posted his liner notes about falling in love with a man. Some of them have implied that Ocean’s post was a publicity stunt. The thing is, though, Frank Ocean didn’t need a publicity stunt. Channel Orange was already one of the most anticipated albums of the year, in circles both critical and commercial. “Novacane” and “Swim Good” both charted respectably, which is remarkable for an album (Nostalgia, Ultra) that started out as a self-released mixtape and never got an official release. “Thinking About You,” more sanctioned a release, charted as well. In the past year alone–before his album was even out–Ocean had written for Beyonce, appeared multiple times on Watch the Throne when nobody else did and gotten heavily promoted during the BET Awards just days before the announcement. He’d just dropped a 10-minute prog&B track, “Pyramids,” which was heavily praised. Basically everything he did, in fact, was heavily praised, even by those opposed to Odd Future. You’d have to be astonishingly jaded to read Ocean’s post, note its vulnerability and deem it cynical even if it were plausible, but in this case, it isn’t even that.
Anyway. On to the news, starting with:
“LATE NIGHT WITH JIMMY FALLON”
Ocean will appear Monday on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon. It’ll be his network television debut, though Fallon did host Odd Future in 2011. No word on what he’ll perform, but presumably he’ll be backed by The Roots. And if we can make backseat suggestions, one track that’d sound fantastic with them might be…
Today, Ocean also posted one of the Channel Orange tracks, “Sweet Life,” on his site. For those following along with the avalanches of verbiage written about Frank Ocean and/or Odd Future in the past couple days, this is the track that says “My TV ain’t HD / that’s too real“. It’s not clear whether it’ll be a single.
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