Frank Ocean releases long-awaited studio album, Blonde

The cover art for Frank Ocean's new album, Blonde
The cover art for Frank Ocean's new album, Blonde

Frank Ocean has finally released his long-awaited new studio album.

His 17-track record, Blonde, arrived on Apple Music on Sunday after Ocean released a 45-minute visual album titled Endless on Friday.

Blonde marks the follow-up to his 2012 debut Channel Orange, which won two Grammy Awards and huge critical success.

The album has been anticipated by fans since late July when news of the impending release was revealed in the New York Times, shortly after Apple Music hosted a live-stream on Ocean's website.

It was further teased when Ocean posted a picture of a library book slip showing a range of potential "due dates" and a video of him constructing a spiral staircase.

Frank Ocean has teased fans ahead of the release of his follow-up to Channel Orange

The album has been released with an accompanying glossy magazine, Boys Don't Cry, available from a pop-up shop on London's Charlotte Street, as well as locations in New York, Los Angeles and Chicago.

The magazine contains a hard copy of Blonde, according to Billboard, as well as a spread of fashion photographs, poems by Ocean, short stories, an outline for a television show and interviews with his collaborators Lil B and Om'Mas Keith.

Rapper Kanye West, who also has a pop-up shop in London, has contributed a poem about McDonald's to the magazine.

Credits on the album include the Beatles, Beyonce, Brian Eno, David Bowie, Jamie xx, West, Kendrick Lamar and Pharrell Williams.