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Finally! Frank Ocean and Metallica unveil new albums after long gaps

Music fans woke up to exciting news with the announcements of new work from U.S. rock band Metallica and R&B singer Frank Ocean.

Metallica revealed details about their 11th studio album on their website on Thursday. It'll be the band's first new album in eight years.

Musicians Lars Ulrich, James Hetfield and Kirk Hammett of Metallica perform.
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Musicians Lars Ulrich, James Hetfield and Kirk Hammett of Metallica perform.

"It really does exist! We know it's been a long time coming, but today we proudly introduce you to 'Hardwired…To Self-Destruct', the long awaited next Metallica studio album," the group said in a statement on its website. "Two discs, nearly 80 minutes of music is coming your way on November 18, 2016."

The group formed in 1981 and released their first album in 1983. Combined, their live and studio albums have sold an estimated total of 92 million around the world, according to research by Statistic Brain.

Frank Ocean
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Frank Ocean

Meanwhile, a visual album by Grammy-award winning musician Frank Ocean appeared exclusively on Apple Music on Friday. The 45-minute album, titled "Endless", accompanies a black and white video of the artist building a staircase.

It is expected that the singer's proper second album, speculatively titled "Boys Don't Cry", will be announced this weekend.

"Endless" is the first major release from the singer since 2012's "Channel Orange", which sold 131,000 copies in its first week of release. The album topped several charts at the time and won the Album of the Year award at the 2012 Soul Train Music Awards.

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