The Odd Future crooner who recently change his name from Christopher Edward Breaux to his performer name Frank Ocean is in a legal battle with Mexican fast-food chain Chipotle. According to The Hollywood Reporter, the fast-food chain claims in the suit that Ocean backed out of an ad campaign after he was already paid to record a song called “Pure Imagination” (from the 1971 film Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory) for a Chipotle advertising campaign promoting local and sustainably-sourced food. It’s reported Chipotle paid Ocean $212,500 to contribute vocals to an upcoming commercial up from and was to be paid $425,000 total.
Ocean’s lawyer says:
“When Frank was asked to participate in this project, Chipotle’s representatives told him that the thrust of the campaign was to promote responsible farming. There was no Chipotle reference or logo in the initial presentation, and Chipotle told Frank that was an intentional element of the campaign,” the letter said. “Frank was also promised that he’d have the right to approve the master and all advertising.”
Ocean kind of sort of replied to all the reports by putting the wiki definition of Defamation on his Tumblr account.
Reps for the chain claims that this is completely false and not the agreed upon terms at all. This situation can get messy quick for Frank, how could he think the Mexican food chain would not want their logo to be attached to that advertisement, i’m sure Ocean doesn’t to look like a “Sell-Out” but hey dude you signed the contract and you got paid, now all you Frank Ocean stan’s please don’t attempt to kill me all at once.
Fiona Apple replaced Ocean and did the ad, you can watch the video below: