If you haven’t heard already, there’s been a storm brewing between Odd Future’s Frank Ocean and The Eagles’ Don Henley. The dispute is over Frank Ocean’s track ‘American Wedding’, in which he sampled the classic Eagles track ‘Hotel California’.
Frank posted this on his tumblr yesterday:
“He (They) threatened to sue if I perform it again. I think that’s fuckin awesome. I guess if I play it at coachella it’ll cost me a couple hundred racks. If I don’t show up to court, it’ll be a judgement against me & will probably show up on my credit report. Oh well. I try to buy my shit cash anyway. They 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. Shit’s weird. Ain’t this guy rich as fuck? 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.”
And just recently, a representative of The Eagles had this to say:
“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. 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.”
‘American Wedding’ is probably one of my favourite off of Nostaliga, Ultra. Which makes me a bit biased on the situation. What are your thoughts on the whole ordeal?
Have a listen to the track below while you still can:
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