Frank Ocean, Don Henley: Eagles’ Founder Says Singer Is Not ‘Creative’
Earlier this week, singer Frank Ocean revealed he was "threatened" by Eagles' member Don Henley for using a sample of 'Hotel California' on his song 'American Wedding' without legal clearance. The founder of the lauded rock band is now calling out the 'Nostalgia, Ultra' creator, responding to his claims and remarks.
"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," said Henley in a statement via his spokesperson, Larry Solters.
Ocean originally took to his Tumblr to share his version of events, which included statements like Henley being "intimidated by my rendition of 'Hotel California.' The rocker shot down his declaration immediately.
"This is not creative, let alone 'intimidating,'" Henley stated. "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. 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."
The songwriter, who is a Def Jam signee and has penned tracks for Beyonce and collaborated with Jay-Z and Kanye West on their 'Watch the Throne' LP, also disclosed that Henley's people asked that he pull 'American Wedding' from the Internet.
"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," he wrote. "S---'s weird. Ain't this guy rich as f---? 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."
Frank Ocean is currently crafting his debut album on Def Jam.
Listen to Frank Ocean's 'American Wedding'