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Eagles and Frank Ocean clash over 'American Wedding's' 'Hotel California' nod
Frank Ocean's "nostalgia, ULTRA" mixtape features a song, "American Wedding," that includes the main melodies from "Hotel California," but the Eagles aren't looking at the use as homage.
The Odd Future singer revealed "Don Henley ... is apparently intimidated by my rendition of Hotel California" on his Tumblr page, speaking on the track "American Wedding."
"He (They) threatened to sue if I perform it again," Ocean went on. "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. Sh*t's weird. Ain't this guy rich as f*ck? Why sue the new guy? I didn’t make a dime off that song. I released it for free. If anything I’m paying homage."
New guy or not, Don Henley wasn't interested in legal action previously... but now the Eagles definitely are.
"Frank Ocean did not merely “sample” a portion of the Eagles’ Hotel California; he took the whole master track, plus the song’s existing melody, and replaced the lyrics with his own. This is not creative, let alone “intimidating.” It’s illegal," said a spokesperson for Irving Azoff's Front Line Management to the L.A. Times in a statement. "For the record, Don Henley has not threatened or instituted any legal action against Frank Ocean, although the Eagles are now considering whether they should."
Def Jam and Ocean have yet to give an official response as to whether or not "American Wedding" will be pulled from the 'net, on top of Ocean's future, studio full-length, if it was headed there at all.