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Frank Ocean: 'Channel Orange early release was always planned'

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Frank Ocean has revealed that releasing his debut album Channel Orange a week early had always been planned.

The 'Thinking About You' singer made the record available exclusively on iTunes on July 10 despite the physical release date being set firmly for July 17 in the US, followed by July 23 in the UK.

Frank Ocean Channel Orange artwork

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Frank Ocean

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"It was actually the plan all along. I kinda wanted to mirror what... [Jay-Z] and [Kanye West] did with Watch the Throne, preventing the leak by staggering digital and physical dates," Ocean told Zane Lowe on a phone call to BBC Radio 1.

"My thing was I wanted all the promotional elements to be, I don't know if the word is retroactive, but [to] kind of follow the album with the videos and the tour and do everything after and kinda just let the music speak for itself for a second."

Ocean went on to reveal that the anti-leak plan meant that his label became extra strict with physical copies of the album, leaving the singer himself without one.

"I haven't even held one in my hands. I'm actually still designing the package for vinyl," he revealed.

"The physical [CDs] are done, but when we sent them in, they were locked down at the manufacturer. They haven't left. They never went on trucks [to retailers] because that's where things leak."

Earlier this week, it was revealed that Target will not stock Channel Orange in its retail locations.

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