Hours before surprising fans and allowing his debut studio album, "Channel Orange," to hit iTunes a week early, rising R&B star Frank Ocean taped a harrowing performance on "Late Night with Jimmy Fallon" on Monday night (July 9) that doubled as his network television debut.
Backed by the Roots and a string orchestra, Ocean delved into the sparse "Bad Religion," a song that touched upon his amorphous sexuality and the unrequited love that he discussed at length in an eye-opening Tumblr post last week. "I could never make him love me/Never make him love me," Ocean gasped out, before finishing with a warm smile a few minutes later.
Ocean's "Fallon" debut comes one year after his Odd Future compatriots, Tyler, The Creator and Hodgy Beats, stormed the show in a star-making performance of "Sandwitches." During the show's taping on Monday evening, it was revealed that "Channel Orange," which hits stores on July 17, will be made available digitally through iTunes at midnight on Tuesday. Ocean also posted the album as a stream on his Tumblr.
The R&B singer-songwriter will celebrate the impending Def Jam release and follow his TV turn with a North American tour that kicks off on Friday in Seattle.