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Chipotle sues Frank Ocean for not making advertisement

By Chelsea Lewis ,

The popular fast food chain Chipotle is suing Grammy-winning singer Frank Ocean. The company claims that Ocean accepted a $212,500 payment for a song he never created for an advertisement.

TIME reported that Chipotle filed the lawsuit because the company signed an agreement with Ocean for $425,000 after the company produced a promotional video and asked the pop star to write a song for it. Ocean was supposed to deliver a master track by early August.

Ocean was given half the payment up front, but never delivered a mastered track within the timeline he was given, Pitchfork reported. The "Thinkin Bout You" singer would have received the other half of the contract upon completion of the contract.

Ocean's legal counsel claims he was misled and the terms of the deal had not been made clear to him.

"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 it was an intentional element of the campaign,” his attorneys said in a statement to the company.

His attorneys also said that Ocean was also promised he would have final rights to approve the master and any additional advertising.

According to TMZ, the lawsuit was filed in Los Angeles County on Friday.

image: By Fred von Lohmann (Flickr: Coachella 2012 Day 2: Frank Ocean) [CC-BY-2.0], via Wikimedia Commons

 

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