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It has been more than two years since Frank Ocean released his debut album, “channel ORANGE,” and eight months since Ocean was spotted in the studio working on that record’s untitled follow-up. Now he’s back with a new song. Titled “Memrise,” Ocean released the track on his Tumblr page early Friday morning.
Read the lyrics and listen to the song at BlackVoices.com
Uh oh, Russell Simmons may be in trouble.
According to TMZ, Frank Ocean’s estranged father is suing Russell Simmons and his publication Global Grind for $142 million. Calvin Cooksey is taking legal action against Mr. Simmons for defamation, claiming the website has published multiple lies about him and portrayed him incorrectly. He also says Simmons has posted articles about him without using his name and fact checking.
Cooksey has been absent from Frank’s life for much of his childhood and blames his mother for their disconnect. He believes $142 million will cover his loss of work and the distress Simmons has caused him.
Russell has yet to comment on the matter.
What do you guys think? Will Cooksey win in court? Or is this another attempt to gain Frank’s attention?
Kanye West and Jay Z’s critically acclaimed “Watch The Throne” album is back in the news today for their track “Made In America.” The Jasmine Brand exclusively reports, the duo along with Frank Ocean are being sued by musician Joel McDonald for $3 million for copyright infringement.
McDonald claims West, Jay Z and Ocean plagiarized work he released in November 2009 via iTunes. The Jamine Brand writes, “The musician is suing for the trio stealing his music and he wants them to pay for their actions and making money off his work.”
Read the court documents regarding the case here.
Listen to the”Watch The Throne” version of “Made In America,” below.
Here is McDonald’s version of “Made In America.”
Do you think both songs have similar content?
One song can make or break an artist’s career. The right song can put them on the map, but the wrong song can send them to court, which was the case with these artists sued over their songs.
The Notorious B.I.G.
Even though he’s been dead for almost two decades, The Notorious B.I.G. still isn’t exempt from being sued over his music. Lee Hutson, former lead singer of The Impressions, is suing Biggie’s estate over the alleged illegal use of one of his songs. Hutson accuses the Brooklyn rapper of using a sample of “Can’t Say Enough About Mom” in his 1994 song “The What” featuring Method Man and he only noticed it two years ago. Bad Boy Records filed a pre-emptive claim a few days before Hutson saying any claim about a sample is past the statute of limitations. Negotiation between the two sides broke down and it looks like the suit will be headed to court.
If you’re looking for them, many of the people on this list can’t be found on Facebook, Twitter, Tumblr or Instagram. They’re reclusive. They don’t like to talk a whole lot and they don’t like to come out of the house for the parties, dinners and things that many of your current favorites put on designer threads for. These uber-talented people like to live privately, keeping their business on the low low and allowing their art to speak for them. Maybe that’s why we like them so much? Here are 10 famous folks known for being reclusive.
Only D’Angelo could step out of the spotlight after releasing his classic debut album, Brown Sugar, come back with the tightest set of abs for Voodoo, step back out and gain a smooth 100 pounds (which we only found out because he got arrested), drop the weight, and return as if all of this never happened. D’Angelo did some touring last year and talked about his music in Brooklyn last month for the Red Bull Music Academy, but for the most part, he weaves in and out of the spotlight, leaving fans in suspense about his next move (like when a third album is coming out!).
Prom Night III: More Throwback Pictures Of Famous Folks Dressed To Impress (And A Mess) For Senior Prom
We know you can’t get enough of looking at (or laughing at) celebrities in their throwback prom pictures. Therefore, we decided to hit you one last time with a flurry of photos of the stars (before they were stars) and their dates on the biggest night of their young lives. Let’s get to it!
Say what you want about petticoats, but Tamron Hall claims that at her high school prom, this huge pink gown helped her get voted “Best Dressed.” She went with her best friend, whose hairstyle was as tall as Hall’s…
Chipotle is suing Frank Ocean and he’s not happy about it.
The Mexican fast food chain (that really does make one of the most delicious burritos you can have at a chain restaurant for under $10) claims Ocean backed out of a $425,000 deal to sing a remake of “Pure Imagination” for an animated ad about factory farming, reports The Los Angeles Times.
In the suit, Chipotle says that Ocean never recorded the track because he was upset that the company’s logo pops up at the end of the animated spot. Court papers also state that the Ocean’s reps emailed Chipotle saying the singer was promised final decision over the recording and all promotional materials tied to the campaign. It also says that Ocean thinks it is Chipotle that is in breach because it refused to remove its logo from the ad.
Chipotle wants back the $215,500 advance it paid to Ocean.
Ocean used Tumblr to respond. He posted a link to the Wikipedia entry for “defamation.”
“And then he uploaded a scan of a cashier’s check in the sum of $215,500 that had Monday’s date on it,” reports the Times. Ocean blacked out the name of the recipient of the money, but in the memo section he scribbled a note telling the company to kiss off in less family-friendly terms (replace “kiss” with an F bomb and you’ll get it).
Fiona Apple wound up doing the spot for Chipotle, which you can watch here. Separately, if this doesn’t make you want to eat all organic or grow your own food, I don’t know… The cows!
Look. I’m all for people being open and honest and comfortable about their sexuality. Lord knows I’m not a fan of folks thinking it’s acceptable to knowingly parade the streets on the “down low,” endangering themselves and others. But I would be lying if I pretended like some of the men in Hollywood who’ve come out as gay or bisexual over the years didn’t have me shedding a single tear and doing the Florida Evans out here (“Damn, damn, DAMN!”). Of course, the chances of me getting with any of these men before I knew of their actual sexual orientation was slim, but I always had a crush or fascination with them to the point that I felt a little sad. But I am happy for them! For the sake of an interesting slideshow though, here are nine fellas I used to crush on that broke my little heart when I found out they were gay or bisexual.
It’s no secret that Frank Ocean and Chris Brown don’t like each other. There was the parking space incident, the Chris Brown’s crew jumped Frank Ocean’s on the street melee and then, the fact that Chris didn’t stand after Ocean’s Grammy performance. For the past couple of months things seemed to have quieted down between the two; but if this picture of Frank Ocean wearing a Chris Brown domestic violence t-shirt is any indication, their beef is far from over.
Over the weekend, the image starting circulating online, including on several social media sites. The shirt reads: ““Wanted! Stop Domestic Violence” with an image of Brown’s smiling face, obviously referencing the infamous 2009 domestic violence incident between Brown and Rihanna. As of now, there’s no word where the image originally came from but can we all agree that this is just too much?
Back in February, after both the singers’ crews were fighting in the street, Frank issued this statement on his Tumblr, explaining why he wasn’t going to press charges.
“AS A CHILD I THOUGHT IF SOMEONE JUMPED ME IT WOULD RESULT IN ME MURDERING OR MUTILATING A MAN. BUT AS A MAN I AM NOT A KILLER. I’M AN ARTIST AND A MODERN PERSON. I’LL CHOOSE SANITY. NO CRIMINAL CHARGES. NO CIVIL LAWSUIT. FORGIVENESS, ALBEIT DIFFICULT, IS WISDOM. PEACE, ALBEIT TRITE, IS WHAT I WANT IN MY SHORT LIFE. PEACE.”
But baby, this here t-shirt doesn’t look anything like forgiveness to me.
Frank, I’m not a Chris Brown fan but using his domestic violence incident as a part of your entirely separate divo duel is low down and actually quite pathetic.
To Chris Brown’s credit, he has yet to respond to the images of the Ocean in this t-shirt. Kudos.
The art of the celebrity side hustle. When notorious gig-juggler Nicki Minaj said, “It’s Mac, OPI and a fragrance too/Apparel, I’m dominating every avenue,” she had the right idea. Mixing the hustler mentality with a personal passion is more often than not a win-win situation for celebrities. In addition to typical spin-off clothing lines, one-hit-wonder singles and product endorsements, some celebs make time to do (and make a little pocket change from) the hobbies they love, in addition to their main job. These stars make both their Plan A and Plan B work for them.
Day job: Rapper
Hobby-turned-hustle: All-Around Businessman
C’mon, there’s really nothing that Jigga Man can’t do. After his faux retirement in 2003, he only got deeper into the game. Besides still pushing chart topping music (Magna Carta Holy Grail went platinum by default after a lucrative partnership with Samsung), he’s adding indelible feats to his already flourishing resume. He scored the music for The Great Gatsby, curated the Made in America Festival, was part owner (and visionary) of Brooklyn’s new Barclay’s Center and their home team the Brooklyn Nets, still owns the 40/40 club, jump started his Roc Nation Sports Agency, and teamed up with Will and Jada Pinkett Smith’s Overbrook Entertainment for the remake of Annie. He’s a business, man.