It’s been four long years since Frank Ocean blessed the world with his masterpiece of an album, channel ORANGE.
And since he announced he was working on a follow-up, entitled Boy’s Don’t Cry, fans have been waiting patiently.
Well, maybe not so patiently. A quick scroll through Twitter will show you that even the most dedicated Ocean lovers are getting antsy, to say the least, and are even getting quite creative in expressing their frustration.
If a train leaves Boston at 11:00am and arrives in New York at 4:30pm where is Frank Ocean’s album?
— Eric Alper (@ThatEricAlper) August 12, 2016
Fortunately, thanks to an enterprising college student, we can all stop obsessively refreshing our social media feeds.
Shahzeb Khan, a 20-year-old computer science and engineering junior at UC Davis, has created a website called (650)82OCEAN that will alert you when Boy’s Don’t Cry goes live.
It works by scouring websites like Spotfiy, iTunes and Twitter for the latest Frank Ocean updates. Simply enter your phone number or email address – once the app determines that the album has indeed dropped, it will message you with a link.
“I’m home for the summer and like everyone else I’m a huge Frank Ocean fan and I’ve been anticipating the album and checking up on blogs and websites constantly and there’s been radio silence. I just got tired of refreshing my browsers all day,” Khan told Billboard.
Khan said it took him only a day to write the code and at the time of writing, over 7,000 users have signed up. If you’re concerned about sharing your personal info, Khan promises that his service stores your number (or email) in a secure database. You can also stop the texts any time you want.
We must say, we think Khan’s “set it and forget it approach” is totally genius. Sure, a new album would be better, but we’ll take what we can get.