Frank Ocean gave his latest album, Blonde, a physical release for Black Friday on both CD and vinyl for one day only. While some lucky listeners have received their copies in the mail, others are still waiting on the 2-LP edition to arrive.
Ocean's merch distributor, Sandbag, notified buyers that "delivery to the warehouse will be slightly later than anticipated" in an emailed statement. The email also reads: "We fully appreciate that you have been very patient already and are understandably very eager to receive your goods. We now plan to despatch [sic] your order later in January 2017."
That said, when copies initially went on sale on Black Friday, Ocean's team quickly posted an update stating that copies bought later in the day would ship out in January rather than the initial date of December 19. So at this point, it appears as if Frank and co. are still on schedule, whether buyers realize that or not.
You can find the full statement from Sandbag below, where you can also find a series of tweets from some pretty annoyed fans.
Blonde, of course, was named as one of Exclaim!'s Top 15 Soul and R&B Albums of 2016.
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 (@FRANKOCEANinfo) December 21, 2016
*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?
.@SandbagLTD Your lack of transparency and consistent delays I/R/T Frank Ocean's Blonde vinyl release is really unnerving and irritating.— Tyler Da Yung Pope (@TylerScruggs) January 6, 2017
if my blonde vinyl gets delayed one more time i am going to use the disc to sever my jugular.— brandan zielinski (@brandanz666) January 6, 2017
I paid like $40 for Blonde on vinyl and I have yet to see it, @ Frank Ocean?????????????????— hella garlic (@kataut) January 6, 2017
haven't heard anything since I ordered my Frank Ocean Blonde vinyl in November (!!!) and still waiting on my zine to ship...@SandbagLTD— arün (@604arun) January 6, 2017
Remember how I ordered Blonde on vinyl in November? Yeah, it still hasn't arrived lmao— Emmanuel Jacob (@emmanueljacob_) January 6, 2017
Did anyone who bought the Blonde vinyl actually get it?— Eli McCormick (@elizmccormick) January 3, 2017