Frank Ocean Responds to Chipotle Lawsuit

Frank Ocean

Frank Ocean Responds to Chipotle Lawsuit

Singer hits back at restaurant chain via Tumblr post.

Published March 10, 2014

Frank Ocean has a memo for Chipotle. The singer repaid a six-figure advance to the restaurant chain after refusing to record an original track promoting the brand. In the memo section of the check, written for $212,500, he writes "F*** Off." Ocean posted a picture of the check to his Tumblr.

Ocean initially agreed to do a new version of "Pure Imagination," a song originally made famous in 1971 film Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory. The Channel Orange singer claims he was told it was to promote "responsible farming," not the Chipotle brand directly, and that he would have "full approval" of the master recording. 

According to the Hollywood Reporter, Ocean agreed to come on board after he was shown the animated film his song would accompany. Chipotle says the version Ocean viewed was roughly 80 percent complete and did not yet include the Chipotle logo at the end of the film. The company does claim, however, that the film was sponsored by Chipotle and would be used as an advertisement for the Mexican-food chain.

Though it seem the check was issued as a settlement to the chain, it's not clear whether they will continue to pursue damages and legal fees, as the company previously stated it intended to do. is your #1 source for Black celebrity news, photos, exclusive videos and all the latest in the world of hip hop and R&B music.

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Written by Evelyn Diaz


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