Frank Ocean: “Why Sue The New Guy?”
Frank Ocean has landed himself in hot water, as representatives of the 70s rock band The Eagles are considering taking legal action against the Odd Future singer. Frank’s mixtape, 'Nostalgia, Ultra', was one of the biggest mixtapes of 2011. It features 'American Wedding', which is quite clearly based on The Eagles classic hit, 'Hotel California'...
Neither the band nor the record label found the imitation flattering, as a spokesman for them said: "This is not creative, it's illegal." As opposed to just admitting that it was a great use of a sample and issuing a licensing fee to Ocean, the band have gone through their lawyers to try and get Ocean’s song banished. It has already been removed from most sources online.
The OFWGKTA artist took to his Tumblr page to write: "Don Henley is apparently intimidated by my rendition of 'Hotel California'. He (they) threatened to sue if I perform it again. I think that's f***in' awesome. They also asked that I release a statement expressing my admiration for Mr Henley, along with my assistance pulling it off the web as much as possible. S**t's weird. Ain't this guy rich as f**k? Why sue the new guy?"
Either Frank has the wrong end of the stick or Henley is now feeling embarrassed at seeming so insecure, as a rep for the band spoke to the LA Times and said: "Don Henley has not threatened or instituted any legal action against Frank Ocean, although The Eagles are now considering whether they should. Any further questions regarding this matter should be directed to Warner Music Group, as it is the entity that currently owns the master recording and made the contact with Frank Ocean's representatives concerning his infringement of the master recording."
Words: Maz Khan (@MazHalima)
Online editing: Joseph 'JP' Patterson (@Jpizzledizzle)