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Frank Ocean releases ‘Boys Don’t Cry’ the magazine at 4 pop-up shops

Frank Ocean keeps on giving.


April Siese


Published Aug 21, 2016   Updated May 26, 2021, 5:23 am CDT

Frank Ocean has more than delivered on his promise for new music. Though mired with delays, the Odd Future crooner dropped an abundance of music to lessen the blow of waiting four years for a Channel Orange follow-up.

Earlier this week, Ocean dropped a visual album, Endless. On Saturday night, the 17-track Blonde hit Apple Music. And for eager fans living in New York, Los Angeles, Chicago, and London, Boys Don’t Cry the magazine was also available for free at a string of pop-up shops.

The Los Angeles event was attended by Ocean’s mother and brother. Fans who couldn’t make it to a pop-up but can’t get enough of all things Ocean have been avidly bidding on Boys Don’t Cry magazines on eBay. Some are going for upwards of $1,000.

According to Billboard, the magazine had four covers to choose from and includes what appears to be an alternate version of Blonde. Not only is the album name stylized differently but the track listing inside the magazine only includes 12 songs, two of which are missing. Perhaps the most stark difference in recorded material is on opening track “Nikes.” The version included in the record in Boys Don’t Cry features a concluding verse from Japanese rapper Kohh. That whole “two versions” line has suddenly become much clearer.

The glossy, oversized magazine features some pretty unique artwork in the form of poetry by Ocean and Kanye West as well as interviews with Lil B and Om’Mas Keith.

Ocean’s album credits are dizzying in scope. The artist thanks everyone from Kohh to the Beatles. On Saturday night, the singer took to Tumblr to also thank his fans for sticking by him.

H/T Billboard

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*First Published: Aug 21, 2016, 1:09 pm CDT