rank Ocean performs at the 2017 Panorama Music Festival
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Frank Ocean Might Be Dropping a New Project Sooner Than You Think

Following his disappointing appearance at Coachella 2023, Frank Ocean fans are wondering if he's retired — but he might be dropping a new album.


Jan. 25 2024, Updated 8:50 p.m. ET

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Odd Future singer Frank Ocean has left fans and the music industry in suspense regarding the state of his music career. Speculation about the “Thinkin Bout You” singer’s retirement from music has been circulating, but there seems to be more to the story.

Frank, a California native, released his last album in 2016. Blonde sold more than one million copies and reached the top spot on the Billboard 200 chart.

The singer took a break from music following the release of the project, returning in 2023 to headline Coachella. However, Frank’s performance fell flat due to production changes and reports of an injury that affected his set. According to TMZ, Frank suffered an ankle injury in the days leading up to Coachella, forcing him to adjust his performance.

After leaving fans disappointed after Weekend 1 of the festival, Frank dropped out and was replaced by Blink 182 and Skrillex during Weekend 2. Since then, fans are wondering — has the crooner officially quit music or is he just taking an extended hiatus? Here's the truth.

Despite the drama surrounding his Coachella set, Frank appears to be making a return to music and has recently teased a new project.

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Is Frank Ocean retired from music?

Despite the drama surrounding his Coachella set, Frank appears to be making a return to music.

After leaving Coachella fans hanging, Frank addressed the criticism about his performance and admitted that things did not go as planned.

“It was chaotic,” he said in a statement obtained by Uproxx. Frank teased that he's making it up to fans with a new project. “There is some beauty in chaos. It isn’t what I intended to show but I did enjoy being out there and I’ll see you soon.”

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Frank Ocean performs during the 2014 Bonnaroo Music & Arts Festival.

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In November 2023, Frank dropped a snippet of an unreleased track on Instagram, leaving fans clamoring for more. The emotional teaser tells the story of two people in love, although one of them is resisting the urge to fall for the other.

After Frank previewed the song, his fans took to social media to beg the singer for a full-length project. “DROP THAT ALBUM,” tweeted, while another wrote, “Words can’t [for real] explain how happy I am.”

Is Frank Ocean dropping an album in 2024?

If you have been following Frank on social media, then you may have noticed that the “Lost” singer has been more active on Instagram. His feed remains empty, but he regularly posts videos and photos on his Instagram Story.

Frank was photographed in a London recording studio in August 2023, which also led many to believe that new music was on the horizon. However, Frank has not explicitly revealed his plans to drop an album in 2024.

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Frank Ocean attends The 2021 Met Gala.

The singer is known to take extended breaks from music, as he often works on other creative projects. His Blonded website now sells a variety of items like jerseys, polyester shorts, and a 2-disc Blonde record set.

Still, Frank’s fans are playing the waiting game as anticipation for a 2024 album release intensifies. We know from his “By The Sea” collaborator, John Carrol Kirby, that Frank has required the artists he worked with to sign NDAs – so, the singer could be cooking up something big.

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