Channel Orange

Frank Ocean to Release ‘channel ORANGE’ Tonight

Frank Ocean has another big surprise in store for his fans. According to whispers in the Twittersphere, the Odd Future crooner will release his long-awaited Def Jam debut channel ORANGE to iTunes tonight.

Ocean revealed the unexpected news during a taping of “Late Night with Jimmy Fallon” earlier today. The talk show host had teased a “big announcement” as well. Several fans who were in the audience leaked the news to Twitter following the taping.

“Am I allowed to say? Frank Ocean’s album is out TONIGHT on iTunes, at 12:30 AM when Fallon airs. Smart move,” wrote Lindsey, a fan who attended Monday’s taping.

Ocean’s manager Kelly Clancy also tweeted, “i wouldn’t miss frank ocean on fallon tonight…trust me… ‪#channelorange‬.”

The album’s early digital release comes a week before it was originally scheduled to arrive on July 17. Physical copies still won’t hit stores until then.

During his appearance on “Late Night,” Ocean also performed “Bad Religion,” a song off channel ORANGE that raised questions about his sexuality.

The 17-track follow-up to 2011’s nostalgia, ULTRA. features André 3000 (“Pink Matter”), Earl Sweatshirt (“Super Rich Kids”), and John Mayer (“White”).

UPDATE: channel ORANGE is available now on iTunes.

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Frank Ocean performs “Bad Religion” on “Late Night with Jimmy Fallon.”