Could we finally see Boys Don't Cry released this week?
Frank Ocean fans have been sent into a frenzy, after news broke that the Channel Orange's long-awaited new album Boys Don't Cry will be released this Friday.
It's been four years of patience, rumours and hear say since Orange dropped his universally-acclaimed and game-changing debut album, Channel Orange.
Now, according to The New York Times, his sophomore record Boys Don't Cry will be released exclusively via Apple Muic on Friday 5 August. 'Sources' also claim it will come accompanied by a video and publication.
This comes after Ocean launched a teaser video on his website yesterday, and the album was rumoured for release at this exact time last year - which is a little suspicious.
Naturally, fans are mixture of optimistic, overjoyed and dubious:
Arcade Fire: The Canadian superstars are back on the road this summer playing the likes of Nos Alive on their festival run. In January, they announced they're 30 percent into a record and that things were progressing quickly. It wouldn't surprise us to see the follow up to Reflektor announced soon - or at least showcased on tour in the coming months.
Daft Punk: April last year we reported that Chicago-based house producer Paul Johnson said that Daft Punk are working on a new house album now. This is all we've heard about a potential follow up to Random Access Memories. A year seems reasonable to have finished their next version of Homework, doesn't it?
Frank Ocean: The hype surrounding Frank Ocean's much-delayed new album, which was supposed to be released at some point last year and never materialised, was reignited earlier this year when Rich The Kid posted a screen shot of them Facetiming each other. He subsequently deleted the tweet, but continued to retweet news stories that reported their collaboration, telling Complex, "Hope y'all ready." But there's been no update form Ocean himself and no tour dates so we're all just hoping that he'll stop obsessing and get this year late album out.
Franz Ferdinand: The only posts these Glaswegian hit makers have posted recently are nostalgic, there's no live dates or any mention of activity this year. The band were busy collabrating with Sparks last year but it been three years since their last album and so perhaps they're busy writing and we'll see an album when we least expect it.
Friendly Fires: The last material they put out was a collaboration with The Aspohdells called 'Before Your Eyes' . Their last proper album was Pala in 2011. With a five year gap and not a peep we hope that this is a sign of focus and they come out with their definitive album.
Green Day: It looks like Green Day are working on a new album - if an Instagram post from Billie Joe Armstrong is anything to go by. The band had been pretty quiet since releasing their eleventh album, Tre, in 2012. On Christmas Eve though, they surprise released a Christmas single, 'Xmas Time Of The Year' - their first new music in three years. In January, we reported an image of him simply captioned, "January 2016", where Armstrong is wearing headphones and standing behind a microphone in what looks like a recording studio. There's really only so many things this can mean.
HAIM: HAIM are set to play at numerous festivals this summer but have kept quiet in regards to any new releases. Their debut album in 2013 was an unprecedented success and ushered the sisters to the forefront of the industry. It's difficult to imagine what direction they will take with the next album. We imagine something completely different. Either way, fingers crossed we hear some new tunes by Latitude and that they drop another perfect summer single.
Justin Timberlake: Two days ago Timberlake posted a picture on Instagram with the country group Little Big Town and said that he was "writing" with them. Justin Timberlake was also in the studio with Pharell just a few days prior. It definitely appears as though Justin is recording music with these other artists, whether it's for an album who knows? It's about time though, last album was in 2013.
LCD Soundsystem: James Murphy just couldn't punish the world by remaining dormant for too long. In 2011 he played a farewell gig at Madison Square Garden in New York and many believed it would be the last we see of them. Fortunately, he's back in a big way headlining the world's best festivals. But as Murphy points out on his website, it's not going to be a nostalgia tour: "We're not just playing Coachella. we're playing all over. we're not just having some reunion tour. we're releasing a record (sometime this year, still working on it, actually)"
London Grammar: London Grammar recently posted a picture of themselves in a studio on Facebook so hopefully they're cooking up something good. Their last gig announcement was July 2015 so it might be a while before we see them on stage. But autumn 2016 seems like a possibility for a return if they haven't been included in any summer festivals. Their debut was released in 2013, and we're aching to see where they can take their sound from here.
MGMT: MGMT’s self-titled third album was released back in 2013, and the band hasn’t played a show in the US since Coachella 2014. However, as revealed on Twitter on Christmas day, it appears Andrew VanWyngarden and Ben Goldwasser had a few to many egg nog's and revealed that 2016 would be the year MGMT re-dominates our airwaves.
Rizzle Kicks: The happy rap duo haven't released any new material since their second album in 2013. They've been very busy building their side projects Wildhood and Jimi Charles Moody. Meanwhile, their website says they're 'back summer 2016' so we'll have to wait and see what that means.
Two Door Cinema Club: The last time we reported on TDCC was when they were forced to cancel their headline slot at Latitude and Longitude and be replaced by Lilly Allen. That was 2014. This summer though they will be playing all over the world and they've announced on their Facebook page that they have new music. We think that basically means, 'tracks from the new album', so we'll sit tight.
The XX: It's been four years since they released their album Coexist. We know it's a tall order to follow the quality of that and Jamie XX has been busy getting a name for himself as a solo artist but this must be the year, come on guys! The signs are strong. Annie Mac asked guitarist and vocalist, Romy Madley Croft, if new music would be arriving in 2016 and she nodded. Seems they've been told not to say anything so a nod is about as strong of a clue as we're going to get at the moment. They've been recording in Iceland, Texas and beyond, so here's hoping that we hear the fruits of their labour soon.