Following new music can feel like detective work. On any given night, a stray post on social media can cause you to head down an internet rabbit-hole, frantically refresh Twitter, check music sites, and scour streaming services to find out what the hell everyone is talking about. Beyoncé, Rihanna, and Kanye West have turned us all into amateur sleuths, but one performer trumps them all: Frank Ocean, the R&B Moriarty to your iPhone-checking Sherlock Holmes.
The anticipation level for Ocean's new album, Boys Don't Cry, the follow-up to 2012's Grammy-winning Channel Orange, has been intense ever since the singer officially announced the album's title (along with an accompanying zine-like publication with the same name) back in April 2015. Multiple projected release dates have passed since then, leading many fans to ask: where's the record? No, seriously, where is it?
Well, after months of speculation, new Frank Ocean music is here! Last night, Ocean released Endless, a new album that's now available to stream via Apple Music, but with a twist: despite being very cool and exciting, it's not actually the album he's been hyping for more than a year. That's right: another music mystery to solve. To help you parse it, we've pieced together what you need to know to crack this interactive album-release puzzle.