Physical Release of Frank Ocean’s “Blonde” Rejected By Labels

By Staff  |  11/04/2016

Frank Ocean - Blonde

The controversy over Frank Ocean's Blonde album continues, as a physical release has been rejected by labels.

Months after dropping the project on Apple Music, independently, HITS Daily Double reports that its now being used as an example of why "artists still need record companies."

The report says no label would agree to manage the physical version of Blonde, which Ocean wanted to release a week after the digital release, beliving it would "send a bad signal to other artists."

Ocean's manager Mark Gillespie was reportedly rejected by every label he approached regarding the project.

Upon release, Blonde has received critical acclaim. However, it won't be eligible for the Grammys. Kanye West recently spoke out in support of Ocean, threatening to boycott the Grammys if it was not up for nomination.

Despite the controversy, Blonde has enjoyed success, debuting at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 with 276,000 equivalent album units sold.