Frank Ocean Threatened with Lawsuit Over ‘Hotel California’ Sample

Frank Ocean

Don’t expect to see Frank Ocean perform “American Wedding” at Coachella in April. Eagles founder Don Henley has reportedly threatened the Odd Future singer with legal action if he performs the “Hotel California”-sampled song live.

Ocean’s version, which appears on his 2011 debut Nostalgia, Ultra, borrows from the Eagles’ 1977 classic. The sample was not cleared and the project was never commercially released.

“Don Henley is apparently intimidated by my rendition of hotel california,” revealed Ocean, who performed the song live during his brief tour last year.

But instead of getting upset over an impending lawsuit, he’s taking it as a compliment. “He threatened to sue if I perform it again. I think that’s fuckin awesome.”

Ocean has been cooking up “sonic goodies” for his first Def Jam release and will appear on Odd Future’s compilation The OF Tape Vol. 2, due March 20.



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15 Comments

  1. Tev

    Damn

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  2. lild

    soo annoyed he pulled out of future music. i was supposed to be seeing him live this sunday!

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  3. Claire

    That is my FAVORITE Frank Ocean track is it that serious to sue over him performing it? He already didn’t release it at your request but a performance? -_-

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  4. TRP

    That’s my favorite song by him, genius creation.

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  5. not thanks

    was/am listening to American Wedding just as this headline appears! #goodsong #ilovefrank #americandivorce

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  6. C94B

    Such a shame… Beautiful, beautiful song.

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  7. NOChildNotToday

    Don Henley sucks A$$ A$$ A$$ A$$ A$$ A$$ A$$.

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    Yeahright Reply:

    @NOChildNotToday,

    You are ignorant towards music. Learn before you speak you dimwit

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    Laggiewant7748 Reply:

    @NOChildNotToday, WTF?? Why is it Don Henley’s fault that this arrogant jerk not samples but steals his music? He did not pay royalties. You are a fool.

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  8. malikMJdope

    Thats amazing though all this Frank O talk got me amped for this “Sonic good” album

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  9. here yee

    maybe next time you’ll get permission or make your own f*cking music

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  11. Hugh

    Has anyone ever sued over a instrumental on a mixtape?

    Don Henley is a bad sport

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    lolo Reply:

    @Hugh, Don Henley is not a bad sport if he is the one being ripped off. You have it all backwards. Don Henley didn’t even do anything it was the record company. Get your facts straight.

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