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Producer Micah Otano is suing Frank Ocean among others on the label for not crediting him for the song “Lost” - which is based on a song he co-created.
According to Vibe, Ocean’s long-time friend, Malay, produced 13 of the tracks for the Grammy award-winning album, Channel Orange.
However, another voice has spoken up who wants some of the credit for the critically acclaimed record: producer Micah Otano.
Otano filed a lawsuit against Malay, Ocean, Island Def Jam Music Group, and Universal Music Group, seeking back royalties based on the claim that Malay stole Ocean’s song “Lost” from a track they had previously recorded together, “Daylight,” for which he performed the lead synthesizer and piano parts.
According to E! Online, the complaints highlighted in the suit include breach of contract, fraud in the inducement, rescission and restitution, copyright infringement, and declaratory relief.
Otano had listed “Lost” as one of his main producing credits on his Twitter account, and recently posted a link to “Daylight” to show the comparisons. Do you notice any similarities?
This is not the first time Ocean has had legal drama exposed by the media. In February, we reported that Ocean had decided not to press charges against Chris Brown for an altercation that took place over a recording studio parking spot.
Ocean also faces a lawsuit from Eagles founder Don Henley if he sings “American Wedding” live because it features a sample of The Eagles hit song “Hotel California” and was used without their permission, reports Vibe.