Fans have been anticipating the release of a new album from Frank Ocean for over a year now but there is still no new record in sight. It?s pretty tiring to constantly refresh your feed for new updates every now and then and fans are getting sick of it. Well, at least one fan openly expressed that he is growing impatient over the long wait. And he even offered a bright solution for it.
Shahzeb Khan, a 20-year-old computer science and engineering junior at UC Davis, told Billboard about his little project wherein fans will get a text message or e-mail when Ocean?s Boys Don?t Cry officially drops.
Khan said, ?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.?
Thus, he created the ?(650)820CEAN service,? which is a website that ?automatically look[s] at Spotify, iTunes and Twitter for the latest in Frank Ocean news. The second it detects that a new album has gone live, it will automatically send everyone a text with the link for the album.?
Khan said that he wrote the code within one whole day, which uses machine learning to identify any movement on ongoing Ocean livestream, as well as scanning for news and updates on major music services and social media networks. When he went to bed on Wednesday night, 300 users were already signed up, and by Thursday morning, he had close to 1,500 users. Khan also assures that his website stores users? numbers or e-mail in a secure database wherein you can unsubscribe to alerts at any time.
Khan adds, ?As far as I know nobody has ever used this level of technical [knowledge] to follow an artist on these services for this purpose.? ?
And when Ocean?s album finally drops, he jokingly said, ?I?m going to play two tracks every year so I have enough to last me the next five years.?
Fans can opt to sign up for alerts on Khan?s website as Apple reportedly said that the album will be released soon. In fact, Apple Music reps recently said on Sunday to expect it in 24-72 hours, NME reports.
Meanwhile, Ocean?s previous album, Channel Orange is back in the U.S. charts for the first time after three years.