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Frank Ocean May Never Release a Follow-up to ‘Channel Orange’

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Frank Ocean‘s ‘Channel Orange‘ is one of the most critically acclaimed albums of 2012, so it stands to reason that he’s completely focused on trying to top it with the follow-up, right? Well, not necessarily. In fact, there may not even be a follow-up.

Ocean laid out his admirably vague career plans in a recent interview with the U.K.’s Guardian newspaper, musing that “Storytelling’s a different thing. …it’s the more interesting part about making music for me, or making albums and songs and stuff. So much so that I might not make another album. I might just write a novel next. I don’t know!”

For Ocean, it’s all about staying creative — and that doesn’t necessarily mean sticking to one path, even if it’s a path that’s brought him a great deal of success up ’til now. “The idea of recognizing your strengths and using them in as versatile a way as you can is cool to me,” he explained. “I don’t ever want to be caught up in a system of thinking I can do one thing, because that’s just… telling yourself a lie.”

Ocean’s apparent ambivalence shouldn’t make fans fret just yet, however — he did go on to point out that music’s still a part of his daily existence, saying, “I do like to sing. I play piano every day. I enjoy that.”

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