Frank Ocean Facing Legal Action Over ‘Hotel California Sample
Frank Ocean is not known to attract controversy, but it seems he likes to revel in it. The R&B crooner shared some bad news with his fans on his Tumblr blog on Feb. 29. Apparently, Don Henley, the frontman for the legendary rock group the Eagles, has threatened to sue the Odd Future singer if he continues to perform’American Wedding’ in concert.
The song, which appears on his debut mixtape ‘Nostalgia, Ultra,’ samples the Eagles’ classic 1997 song ‘Hotel California.’ For the record, the mixtape was free and Ocean never profited from it.
“Don Henley is apparently intimidated by my rendition of Hotel California…,” he wrote on his blog. “He threatened to sue if I perform it again. I think that’s f—in awesome.”
I think this might be the first time we have ever seen a music artist be so jubilant about getting sued. Although ‘American Wedding’ was never released as a single, it has become a fan favorite from the mixtape.
In the meantime, Ocean is currently working on his official Def Jam debut, which is due out this year. The singer will also appear on Kanye West‘s G.O.O.D. Music compilation album and is also set to perform at the Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival in April. No word if he’s going to sing ‘American Wedding’ at the festival.
Watch Frank Ocean Perform ‘American Wedding’ Live in New Orleans