No one can play with our emotions quite like Frank Ocean can. Fans often toe a fine line between being expressively frustrated with him and then speechlessly in awe. The wait for Blonde proved as much, and now the anticipation for its limited physical releases is no different.
On Black Friday—that's right, the day after Thanksgiving last year—Ocean surprised his followers by offering a sale of Blonde on vinyl and in CD format. The catch? The sale only lasted one day. This meant that the few folks who were able to place orders before the items sold out (like one of our Senior Editors) probably felt pretty lucky. Except that, over a month later, they still haven't received anything but emails from Frank's merch distributor, Sandbag.
Last month, purchasers received a promise that the products would be shipped out in January.
Sandbag LTD and the Frank Ocean store have started to send out the following email regarding the Blonde LP pic.twitter.com/bDaM234FEG— Frank Ocean Info (@FRANKOCEANinfo) December 21, 2016
But six days into the new year and now purchasers (including, again, one of our own Senior Editors) are now receiving emails with an update that the deliveries have been pushed back to February.
Here's how a few fans are taking the news:
*waits 4 years for blonde*— ɐuǝǝlıɯ (@NancyNebula) December 23, 2016
*orders vinyl copy on black Friday*
*a month later & it's still not here*
y do I still f w u frank ocean?
Me @ the frank ocean merch site for STILL NOT shipping my vinyl + other magazine pic.twitter.com/TY2e4vM24r— tragic scott (@c87b28) December 19, 2016
where's my blond vinyl frank ocean smh is this a joke to you, don't disappear again big man you don't know what this means— rob (@robertkelly99) December 20, 2016
When you get an email telling you that your Frank Ocean BDC magazine/Blonde vinyl order might be delayed until next year. pic.twitter.com/ZxEnwh6c7C— (@olliestorey) December 9, 2016
It's been exactly 1 month since I ordered Blond on vinyl..someone needs to put me in contact with Frank Ocean bc this some bullshit honestly— lil power move (@DopeLifeOfTot) December 23, 2016
Where is my BLONDE vinyl by Frank Ocean ??? Where is itttt ??? pic.twitter.com/Fm6vgWX2kq— Michele MRC (@MicheleMrc) December 21, 2016
Got me waiting longer on my Frank Ocean vinyl and zine than I did for the album to drop :(— brandon / jinx / big jinx (@Jersey_Jinx) January 6, 2017
So my frank ocean vinyl still hasn't come yet, and the only contact info on the site is an email, and the mailbox is full.... :(— Haley (@hhalienn_) December 21, 2016
Email: Your Blonde vinyl from the Frank Ocean store will ship later than anticipated. Me: Nah, its the FRANK OCEAN store, we assumed.— Holly (@hollye83) December 21, 2016