Frank Ocean - Frank Ocean Makes Waves On Saturday Night Live

Frank Ocean’s appearance on Saturday Night Live and the release of his new video for Pyramids made for a busy weekend, reports MTV News. The critically acclaimed singer songwriter took the stage on Saturday Night Live for the premiere of its 38th season. Introduced by Family Guy creator, Seth McFarlane, the Odd Future member trilled out his high-pitch hit ‘Thinkin Bout You’ under a lone spotlight on a retro stage, with vintage arcade machines scattered in the background. The lights shifted to reveal co-star on the show, John Mayer on guitar, who managed to get a solo performance in when Ocean returned to the stage to perform his song Pyramids. It was a bite size version of the track, as the album version runs for nearly 10 minutes, but it was still an impressive performance. The background arcade machines were utilised when Frank left to twiddle his thumbs on the joysticks, whilst Mayer did some of his own thumb twiddling on the guitar. A video for Pyramids was also in the offing for Ocean’s busy weekend, and MTV described it as a “dark, druggy thing that doesn't provide any answers; instead, it only poses more questions about the mercurial star.” Overall it was a successful return for SNL, which will welcome Joseph Gordon-Levitt to present the next episode on September 22nd, with Mumford And Sons, Daniel Craig and Muse next in line on October 6th.


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Red Bull Music Academy Festival Set For Ultimate Closing Party in New York 4209144 News

Firstly, we recognise that reporting on a mixture of New York parties, eclectic performances and signature lectures from prominent music movers and shakers could seem, well, immaterial. Let's face it, Gotham is one long eclectic party - but the Red Bull Music Academy Festival is different. The Academy itself, which took place in New York in 2013 and will visit Tokyo this fall, is a travelling series of music performances, club nights, lectures, workshops, art installations and more founded in 1998 - it doesn't look to create "stars" (despite notable participants including Aloe Blacc, Flying Lotus, Hudson Mohawke and Juan Son), instead it looks to bring together music makers from around the globe. Think of it as a mobile behemoth of culture, skills and sound. 

A Class Of Its Own: Red Bull Music Academy Festival's Closing Night

The newly created 'RBMA Festival ' - now taking place annually in New York City - is a legacy to the critically acclaimed Red Bull Music Academy that took place in New York in 2013. It is a month-long blowout that brings together a diverse group of the world's most creative young musicians. Since May 1st, this year's programme has blanketed the boroughs with a selection of richly curated events - and you're invited to the ultimate wrap party. But more on that soon. 

Over the past month, performances from the likes of David Byrne, Panda Bear, Just Blaze more, have served as the ultimate appetizers for the hugely anticipated main event: A Conversation with D'Angelowhich went down at the Brooklyn Museum on Wednesday evening (21st May). The neo-soul legend once dubbed the next Marvin Gaye remains one of the great enigmas in music history and his seemingly infinite talents inspired a legacy of new sounds from the likes of Lauryn Hill, Questlove, Frank Ocean and Common. The intimate public lecture curated by author, filmmaker and critic Nelson George threw up a slew of highlights, though D'Angelo offered a golden observation of his two studio albums, calling 1995's Brown Sugar "buttery" but 2000's comeback Voodoo "straight from the cow to the glass". 

And so the Red Bull Music Academy Festival begins to wind down for another year, but don't despair, there's still one big celebration before the lights go out. A Class Of Its Own: Red Bull Music Academy Festival's Closing Night takes place at the Abrons Arts Center on Saturday 31st May - and there's a ticket with your name on it. Think of it as a graduation ceremony - the coolest graduation ceremony you ever attended, with three stages and 15 artists. 

It's going to be a global affair, with acts including Vienna's Elektro Guzzi, who need no introduction - though we're going to give them one anyway. One avant-metal drummer, one experimental guitarist and one Red Bull Music Academy graduate on bass - that's pretty much all you need to know.

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Elsewhere, there's Kornél Kovács, Axel Boman and Petter Nordkvist from Stockholm's own Studio Barnhus - one of the most progressive house labels in Europe. 

Representing the UK - via Slovenia - is Maya Medvesek, aka Nightwave, the Glasgow based producer, DJ, vocalist and Academy graduate. Last year, she set up her own label Heka Trax and released a debut EP, Luxor. Her most recent hit, 'Hit It' featuring iconic Chicago native DJ Deeon was voted 'Best New Track' by The Guardian, as well as being named 'Tune of the Month' by the influential Mixmag.

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So - what better way to cap off a month of events in New York than with the ultimate wrap party? The Red Bull Music Academy Festival's Closing Night begins at 8pm at the Abrons Arts Center on Saturday 31st 2014. Tickets priced a $10 are still available, but going fast, so visit the link before to secure yours.

More: Buy tickets for Red Bull Music Academy Festival's closing night

The Abrons Arts Center is located in Manhattan's Lower East Side. It can be reached on the Subway by taking:

the F train to Delancey Street

the J or M trains to Essex Street

the D or B trains to Grand Street

The full line-up for the show is as follows: 

Elektro Guzzi (Austria), Lucrecia Dalt (Spain), Yosi Horikawa (Japan), Mike Slott (New York), Robot Koch (Germany), Nightwave (UK), Anenon (Los Angeles), Nire (New York), Nguzunguzu (Los Angeles), Nick Hook (New York), Studio Barnhus (Sweden), Octo Octa (New York), Pursuit Grooves (New York), Sis (New York) featuring Eliza Coolidge of Knox

Firstly, we recognise that reporting on a mixture of New York parties, eclectic performances and signature lectures from prominent music movers and shakers could seem, well, immaterial. Let's face it, Gotham is one long eclectic party - but the Red Bull Music Academy Festival is different. The Academy itself, which took place in New York in 2013 and will visit Tokyo this fall, is a travelling series of music performances, club nights, lectures, workshops, art installations and more founded in 1998 - it doesn't look to create "stars" (despite notable participants including Aloe Blacc, Flying Lotus, Hudson Mohawke and Juan Son), instead it looks to bring together music makers from around the globe. Think of it as a mobile behemoth of culture, skills and sound. 

A Class Of Its Own: Red Bull Music Academy Festival's Closing Night

The newly created 'RBMA Festival ' - now taking place annually in New York City - is a legacy to the critically acclaimed Red Bull Music Academy that took place in New York in 2013. It is a month-long blowout that brings together a diverse group of the world's most creative young musicians. Since May 1st, this year's programme has blanketed the boroughs with a selection of richly curated events - and you're invited to the ultimate wrap party. But more on that soon. 

Over the past month, performances from the likes of David Byrne, Panda Bear, Just Blaze more, have served as the ultimate appetizers for the hugely anticipated main event: A Conversation with D'Angelowhich went down at the Brooklyn Museum on Wednesday evening (21st May). The neo-soul legend once dubbed the next Marvin Gaye remains one of the great enigmas in music history and his seemingly infinite talents inspired a legacy of new sounds from the likes of Lauryn Hill, Questlove, Frank Ocean and Common. The intimate public lecture curated by author, filmmaker and critic Nelson George threw up a slew of highlights, though D'Angelo offered a golden observation of his two studio albums, calling 1995's Brown Sugar "buttery" but 2000's comeback Voodoo "straight from the cow to the glass". 

And so the Red Bull Music Academy Festival begins to wind down for another year, but don't despair, there's still one big celebration before the lights go out. A Class Of Its Own: Red Bull Music Academy Festival's Closing Night takes place at the Abrons Arts Center on Saturday 31st May - and there's a ticket with your name on it. Think of it as a graduation ceremony - the coolest graduation ceremony you ever attended, with three stages and 15 artists. 

It's going to be a global affair, with acts including Vienna's Elektro Guzzi, who need no introduction - though we're going to give them one anyway. One avant-metal drummer, one experimental guitarist and one Red Bull Music Academy graduate on bass - that's pretty much all you need to know.

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Elsewhere, there's Kornél Kovács, Axel Boman and Petter Nordkvist from Stockholm's own Studio Barnhus - one of the most progressive house labels in Europe. 

Representing the UK - via Slovenia - is Maya Medvesek, aka Nightwave, the Glasgow based producer, DJ, vocalist and Academy graduate. Last year, she set up her own label Heka Trax and released a debut EP, Luxor. Her most recent hit, 'Hit It' featuring iconic Chicago native DJ Deeon was voted 'Best New Track' by The Guardian, as well as being named 'Tune of the Month' by the influential Mixmag.

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So - what better way to cap off a month of events in New York than with the ultimate wrap party? The Red Bull Music Academy Festival's Closing Night begins at 8pm at the Abrons Arts Center on Saturday 31st 2014. Tickets priced a $10 are still available, but going fast, so visit the link before to secure yours.

More: Buy tickets for Red Bull Music Academy Festival's closing night

The Abrons Arts Center is located in Manhattan's Lower East Side. It can be reached on the Subway by taking:

the F train to Delancey Street

the J or M trains to Essex Street

the D or B trains to Grand Street

The full line-up for the show is as follows: 

Elektro Guzzi (Austria), Lucrecia Dalt (Spain), Yosi Horikawa (Japan), Mike Slott (New York), Robot Koch (Germany), Nightwave (UK), Anenon (Los Angeles), Nire (New York), Nguzunguzu (Los Angeles), Nick Hook (New York), Studio Barnhus (Sweden), Octo Octa (New York), Pursuit Grooves (New York), Sis (New York) featuring Eliza Coolidge of Knox

23rd May 2014
Frank Ocean Is A Guest At The TIME 100 Gala 4177052 Celebrity Videos <p>Hip hop artist Frank Ocean was photographed as he stood on the red carpet at the TIME 100 Gala held at Jazz inside the Lincoln Center in New York. The event was part of TIME's annual '100 Most Influential People In The World' issue.</p><p>Other arrivals were Fox reporter Megyn Kelly, political commentator Ann Coulter, inventor and entrepreneur Tony Fadell with his guest Danielle Lambert, domestic heroine Martha Stewart, Red Swoosh founder Tony Fadell with guest Gabi Holzwarth, astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson with Alice Young, columnist Arianna Huffington and TV personality Mehmet Oz with his wife Lisa Oz.</p> <p>Hip hop artist Frank Ocean was photographed as he stood on the red carpet at the TIME 100 Gala held at Jazz inside the Lincoln Center in New York. The event was part of TIME's annual '100 Most Influential People In The World' issue.</p><p>Other arrivals were Fox reporter Megyn Kelly, political commentator Ann Coulter, inventor and entrepreneur Tony Fadell with his guest Danielle Lambert, domestic heroine Martha Stewart, Red Swoosh founder Tony Fadell with guest Gabi Holzwarth, astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson with Alice Young, columnist Arianna Huffington and TV personality Mehmet Oz with his wife Lisa Oz.</p> 2nd May 2014 http://www.contactmusic.com/videos/2014apr/frank-ocean-guest-time-100-gala_189246.jpg
Chris Brown, Sexuality and Chipotle: The Rise of Frank Ocean 4106852 News

Frank Ocean’s career has certainly been on the rise in the past few years since releasing his debut album ‘Channel Orange’ in 2012, to much critical acclaim and recognition. Since then he’s been attempting to break down barriers of homophobia in hip hop as well as having spats with Chris Brown and more recently Chipotle. So what have the past few years been like for the rising hip hop star?

Frank OceanGrammy award winner, Frank Ocean

Frank Ocean was born Christopher Breaux and grew up in New Orleans Louisiana, he started his recording career early before being derailed in 2005 when Hurricane Katrina hit the city and destroyed his studio. In order to continue with his musical ambitions, Frank moved to Los Angeles and began to forge a career in the hip hop scene. Originally he was signed as a songwriter, working with artists such as Beyonce and Justin Bieber. Then in 2009 he joined Tyler the Creator’s hip hop collective Odd Future and was eventually signed as a solo artist to Def Jam recordings.

Ocean’s debut mixtape ‘Nostalgia, Ultra’ brought him early critical acclaim, despite sampling controversies. The mixtape was originally penned to be released as an EP, but the idea became shelved indefinitely two singles, however, 'Novacane' and 'Swim Good' would be released from the intended EP. The next move for Ocean was to begin work on his debut studio album. Before the album was released, however Ocean had something he had to get off his chest, by way of a tumblr post in July 2012. The rapper posted an open letter on his blog which recounted feelings he had towards another man when he was 19. The admission would spark a debate about homophobia in hip hop and led to many artists showing their support for Ocean The aftermath of letter, however, is still being felt in the hip hop world, with rapper T-Pain recently saying that some artists are still refusing to work with Ocean due to his sexuality.

His personal life aside, Ocean released the album ‘Channel Orange’ in July 2012 and began collecting  accolades for it. The record topped numerous year end polls, including  Billboard magazine's as well as the New York Times. He also received the Grammy Award for Best Urban Contemporary Album as well as picking up three other nominations. In December of 2012 Ocean had a run in with the law when he was pulled over in California for speeding. After a subsequent search of his car officers are said to have found a few grams of marijuana. He was then cited for possession as well as driving on a suspended license and having tinted windows.

Frank OceanFrank Ocean has enjoyed sucess with his debut album 'Channel Orange'

A month later he would make headlines again, this time after an altercation with Chris Brown. The pair are said to have had a disagreement in a Los Angeles parking lot and Brown was alleged to have struck Ocean. No charges were pressed by Ocean, who later said, ‘'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.’ However his cousin Sha'Keir Duarte, has since sued Brown for $3 million.

Next page: Frank Ocean's spat with Chipotle

 

Currently Ocean has been in the middle of another controversy, this time with, Chipotle Mexican Grill, who sued the singer after they paid him in advance for agreeing to sing on an advert promoting responsible farming. When Ocean backed out, over the company using their advert at the end of the advertisement, he was hit with a lawsuit over the $212,500 advance he’d been given. Frank would return the money in the form of a cheque but include a special message to the burrito company on the memo line. The message was two words, the second being ‘off’ and the first being of the four letter variety. If you still don't get it check his tumblr.

Frank Ocean onstage at the 2013 Brit AwardsFrank Ocean onstage at the 2013 Brit Awards

Aside from his cheque writing, Ocean has just released the song ‘Hero’, where he has collaborated with The Clash’s Mick Jones and Paul Simonon as well as and DJ Diplo as part of Converse’s Three artists, one Song Series. We’re also expecting a second album sometime in the summer. Until then there’ll surely be a lot to keep up with in the rising star’s colourful life - just dont expect to see him in a Chipotle with Chris Brown anytime soon.

Frank Ocean’s career has certainly been on the rise in the past few years since releasing his debut album ‘Channel Orange’ in 2012, to much critical acclaim and recognition. Since then he’s been attempting to break down barriers of homophobia in hip hop as well as having spats with Chris Brown and more recently Chipotle. So what have the past few years been like for the rising hip hop star?

Frank OceanGrammy award winner, Frank Ocean

Frank Ocean was born Christopher Breaux and grew up in New Orleans Louisiana, he started his recording career early before being derailed in 2005 when Hurricane Katrina hit the city and destroyed his studio. In order to continue with his musical ambitions, Frank moved to Los Angeles and began to forge a career in the hip hop scene. Originally he was signed as a songwriter, working with artists such as Beyonce and Justin Bieber. Then in 2009 he joined Tyler the Creator’s hip hop collective Odd Future and was eventually signed as a solo artist to Def Jam recordings.

Ocean’s debut mixtape ‘Nostalgia, Ultra’ brought him early critical acclaim, despite sampling controversies. The mixtape was originally penned to be released as an EP, but the idea became shelved indefinitely two singles, however, 'Novacane' and 'Swim Good' would be released from the intended EP. The next move for Ocean was to begin work on his debut studio album. Before the album was released, however Ocean had something he had to get off his chest, by way of a tumblr post in July 2012. The rapper posted an open letter on his blog which recounted feelings he had towards another man when he was 19. The admission would spark a debate about homophobia in hip hop and led to many artists showing their support for Ocean The aftermath of letter, however, is still being felt in the hip hop world, with rapper T-Pain recently saying that some artists are still refusing to work with Ocean due to his sexuality.

His personal life aside, Ocean released the album ‘Channel Orange’ in July 2012 and began collecting  accolades for it. The record topped numerous year end polls, including  Billboard magazine's as well as the New York Times. He also received the Grammy Award for Best Urban Contemporary Album as well as picking up three other nominations. In December of 2012 Ocean had a run in with the law when he was pulled over in California for speeding. After a subsequent search of his car officers are said to have found a few grams of marijuana. He was then cited for possession as well as driving on a suspended license and having tinted windows.

Frank OceanFrank Ocean has enjoyed sucess with his debut album 'Channel Orange'

A month later he would make headlines again, this time after an altercation with Chris Brown. The pair are said to have had a disagreement in a Los Angeles parking lot and Brown was alleged to have struck Ocean. No charges were pressed by Ocean, who later said, ‘'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.’ However his cousin Sha'Keir Duarte, has since sued Brown for $3 million.

Next page: Frank Ocean's spat with Chipotle

 

Currently Ocean has been in the middle of another controversy, this time with, Chipotle Mexican Grill, who sued the singer after they paid him in advance for agreeing to sing on an advert promoting responsible farming. When Ocean backed out, over the company using their advert at the end of the advertisement, he was hit with a lawsuit over the $212,500 advance he’d been given. Frank would return the money in the form of a cheque but include a special message to the burrito company on the memo line. The message was two words, the second being ‘off’ and the first being of the four letter variety. If you still don't get it check his tumblr.

Frank Ocean onstage at the 2013 Brit AwardsFrank Ocean onstage at the 2013 Brit Awards

Aside from his cheque writing, Ocean has just released the song ‘Hero’, where he has collaborated with The Clash’s Mick Jones and Paul Simonon as well as and DJ Diplo as part of Converse’s Three artists, one Song Series. We’re also expecting a second album sometime in the summer. Until then there’ll surely be a lot to keep up with in the rising star’s colourful life - just dont expect to see him in a Chipotle with Chris Brown anytime soon.

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Frank Ocean Gives Profane Cheque to Chipotle. What Did He Expect Though? 4106158 News

It’s difficult not to like Frank Ocean. He tells big corporations to “f*ck off” when giving back huge advance cheques; he makes good music and he’s helping to break down the barriers of homophobia in R&B and Rap in his songs by addressing the issue.

Frank OceanLook how much Frank Ocean cares. Look at him.

Let’s start from the beginning. Chipotle – the fast food Mexican chain - wanted Ocean to sing a remake of the Willy Wonka song, Pure Imagination. All was well; the advert would promote responsible framing (as it sort of still does, as you can see below) and Ocean would lend his mellifluous tones to it.

But then things went wrong. Reportedly disturbed by Chipotle’s insistence on having their logo at the end of the ad, Ocean backed out, saying he thought the ad would be solely in existence to promote farming without the use of caged animals and chemicals. Big corporations don’t tend to funnel money into marketing without making sure people know they’re behind it.

And so we arrive at the cheque. Litigation ensued: Chipotle took Ocean to court for backing out of the deal after they’d sent him an advance of $212,500 to sing the spot for them. Ocean has now returned that money in the form of a cheque – according to his Tumblr account – which had a little message for the burrito company. And you know what that message is by now.

More: Why Frank Ocean is teaming up with The Clash.

It seems somewhat naïve for Ocean to be surprised by Chipotle’s intentions. Sensible, responsible farming is something most people would like to see, and it’s something people with the means are willing to pay for. But to expect a corporation to do something for nothing is silly talk. It really is.

The actual spot itself is really fun to watch. It features our Mr. Scarecrow, a workaday chap who lives out of the city. He’s getting increasingly disenchanted with the techniques employed to provide cheap eats by Crow Foods, who seem to have a monopoly in the city when it comes to feeding its residents.

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It’s not until he sees a fresh chilli – a Chipotle chilli, no doubt – that an idea sparks in his little scarecrow brain. He’ll use fresh ingredients, responsibly sourced, and serve them up as an alternative to the mass-produced, chemically enhanced tripe the masses consume with their own brand of ignorant gusto.

It’s difficult not to like Frank Ocean. He tells big corporations to “f*ck off” when giving back huge advance cheques; he makes good music and he’s helping to break down the barriers of homophobia in R&B and Rap in his songs by addressing the issue.

Frank OceanLook how much Frank Ocean cares. Look at him.

Let’s start from the beginning. Chipotle – the fast food Mexican chain - wanted Ocean to sing a remake of the Willy Wonka song, Pure Imagination. All was well; the advert would promote responsible framing (as it sort of still does, as you can see below) and Ocean would lend his mellifluous tones to it.

But then things went wrong. Reportedly disturbed by Chipotle’s insistence on having their logo at the end of the ad, Ocean backed out, saying he thought the ad would be solely in existence to promote farming without the use of caged animals and chemicals. Big corporations don’t tend to funnel money into marketing without making sure people know they’re behind it.

And so we arrive at the cheque. Litigation ensued: Chipotle took Ocean to court for backing out of the deal after they’d sent him an advance of $212,500 to sing the spot for them. Ocean has now returned that money in the form of a cheque – according to his Tumblr account – which had a little message for the burrito company. And you know what that message is by now.

More: Why Frank Ocean is teaming up with The Clash.

It seems somewhat naïve for Ocean to be surprised by Chipotle’s intentions. Sensible, responsible farming is something most people would like to see, and it’s something people with the means are willing to pay for. But to expect a corporation to do something for nothing is silly talk. It really is.

The actual spot itself is really fun to watch. It features our Mr. Scarecrow, a workaday chap who lives out of the city. He’s getting increasingly disenchanted with the techniques employed to provide cheap eats by Crow Foods, who seem to have a monopoly in the city when it comes to feeding its residents.

<iframe width="636" height="360" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/lUtnas5ScSE?autoplay=0;autohide=0;HD=1;rel=0;showinfo=0;controls=0;border=0" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe>

It’s not until he sees a fresh chilli – a Chipotle chilli, no doubt – that an idea sparks in his little scarecrow brain. He’ll use fresh ingredients, responsibly sourced, and serve them up as an alternative to the mass-produced, chemically enhanced tripe the masses consume with their own brand of ignorant gusto.

12th March 2014 3625808
Frank Ocean Tells Chipotle To "F- Off" In Lawsuit Over Scarecrow Advert Song 4105467 News

Frank Ocean has sent off a cheque ending a legal spat with burrito giant Chipotle after a dispute over the soundtrack song for the company's Scarecrow advert last year. The R&B singer eschewed discreteness over sharing the cheque with his fans via Tumblr. The cheque was made out to an unknown company for $212,500 but had "F**k Off" scrawled in the 'memo' section.

Frank Ocean
Frank Ocean Was Most Displeased To Have Been Made To Give Chipotle Their Money Back.

The pop star also posted a link to the Wikipedia article for 'Defamation' alongside the cheque image. The money, which is assumed to have been made out to Chipotle, was refunding the advance the company paid for Ocean to sing a cover of 'Pure Imagination' for their emotive 2013 commercial.

Frank Ocean Grammys
Ocean Scrawled A Rude Message On The Cheque.

In the recently filed lawsuit, the company claimed that Ocean refused to record the track because the Chipotle advert featured Chipotle's logo at the end. Believing that Chipotle was in breach when it refused to remove its logo, Frank's people emailed the company saying that the singer was promised final say over the recording and had the right to all subsequent promotional materials tied to the campaign, according to TMZ.

Chipotle decided to run the ad regardless and hired Fiona Apple to sing a haunting and highly effective cover of the song made famous by the original 1971 Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory movie.

Fiona Apple
Turns Out, Fiona Apple Did A Pretty Great Job Instead.

The advert, which launched in September last year, criticises factory farming methods and promotes Chipotle's allegedly more sustainable methods of meat production. The three minute-long commercial encourages viewers to seek out a companion app-based game related to the scenes and characters presented in the video.

Frank Ocean has sent off a cheque ending a legal spat with burrito giant Chipotle after a dispute over the soundtrack song for the company's Scarecrow advert last year. The R&B singer eschewed discreteness over sharing the cheque with his fans via Tumblr. The cheque was made out to an unknown company for $212,500 but had "F**k Off" scrawled in the 'memo' section.

Frank Ocean
Frank Ocean Was Most Displeased To Have Been Made To Give Chipotle Their Money Back.

The pop star also posted a link to the Wikipedia article for 'Defamation' alongside the cheque image. The money, which is assumed to have been made out to Chipotle, was refunding the advance the company paid for Ocean to sing a cover of 'Pure Imagination' for their emotive 2013 commercial.

Frank Ocean Grammys
Ocean Scrawled A Rude Message On The Cheque.

In the recently filed lawsuit, the company claimed that Ocean refused to record the track because the Chipotle advert featured Chipotle's logo at the end. Believing that Chipotle was in breach when it refused to remove its logo, Frank's people emailed the company saying that the singer was promised final say over the recording and had the right to all subsequent promotional materials tied to the campaign, according to TMZ.

Chipotle decided to run the ad regardless and hired Fiona Apple to sing a haunting and highly effective cover of the song made famous by the original 1971 Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory movie.

Fiona Apple
Turns Out, Fiona Apple Did A Pretty Great Job Instead.

The advert, which launched in September last year, criticises factory farming methods and promotes Chipotle's allegedly more sustainable methods of meat production. The three minute-long commercial encourages viewers to seek out a companion app-based game related to the scenes and characters presented in the video.

11th March 2014 3625808
Everyone Is Stunned By Beyonce's Surprise Album, Most Of All The Critics [Pictures] 3998339 News

Since she dropped the bomb on Thursday, Beyonce has occupied thousands of terabytes of data transfer with her new album. People are naturally baffled. Yes, we all know Beyonce is pretty much amazing, but even for her, it was an astounding feat. The woman, who opened 2013 by performing at the Inauguration, then went on to do the Super Bowl halftime show to end all halftime shows, went on a 123-show tour, took care of her little girl and still managed to record a 14-track album, film a video for each track and somehow keep the production team behind the entire escapade from breathing a word to anyone.

Beyonce, Album Promo Shot
Can we get a round of applause?

Color us impressed. Since this is Queen Bey, however, people have gotten their heads around the idea by now and music critics are just starting to recover from the shock and express some opinions on the album. Yes, the album is amazing… but is it any good?

Beyonce, Ghost Promo
The unexpected new album prompted an internet-wide freakout.

Head on over to the next page to see more pictures and find out what the critics are saying.

USA Today is impressed with both the album and the visuals, which delve deeper into the private world of Mrs Carter than ever before. Featuring both Jay Z (on the emotionally overloaded track Drunk in Love) and Blue Ivy (in the videos for Blue and Heaven), the album presents Beyonce not as “a scantily clad, cold and removed pop star; she's a smiling, relaxed mother. Awash in soft light for scenes of her and Blue Ivy, the videos, as well as the songs themselves, stand in stark contrast with the harder tracks on the album.”

Beyonce, Album Promo
This album reveals a rougher, more personal side to the pop star.

Andrew Hampp of Billboard’s lengthy, track-by-track review boils down to an extremely positive critique of Beyonce’s new effort. Much like the album’s unorthodox release strategy, the videos and most importantly musical qualities are original, experimental and they really do work. “But once the initial novelty and shock wears off of Beyoncé's impressive stealth-release feat, the brilliance and creative audacity of the album itself can sink in, Hampp says. “Though there are a few songs with traditional pop structures ("XO," "Blow" and "Drunk In Love" chief among them), many of the tracks are more experimental, half-rapped/half-sung songs with suites and interludes that pack more ideas (and more sexually explicit dialogue) than radio-friendly hooks at times.”

Beyonce, Rocket Black and White Promo
Still, the powerhouse pop star can be as sultry as ever.

The LA Times’ extended piece on the album also heaps praise on Beyonce and her work – not just the massive project that she managed to pull off in complete secrecy, but also the bold move to “torch the veil” of her carefully crafted public image.

Beyonce, Album Promo
On this album, we get to peer behind the mask.

“Songs on the album jump and dive between genres and are woven together with everything from spoken word and trap raps to the coos of her daughter Blue Ivy and vintage Destiny’s Child footage,” Gerrick D. Kennedy writes. “It's a lot to consume, but a revelatory look at the singer who has tirelessly calculated what she chooses to share (and it's not always much).”

Beyonce, Album Promo
Even the critics are duly impressed.

All in all, it’s a mind-blowing album in more ways than one. That’s probably why Bey wants her fans to hear it in its entirety – BEYONCE is only available in full, as an iTunes exclusive complete with 14 tracks and 17 videos until December 20th, when singles will be made available for purchase.

Check out the promo for Drunk in Love below.
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Since she dropped the bomb on Thursday, Beyonce has occupied thousands of terabytes of data transfer with her new album. People are naturally baffled. Yes, we all know Beyonce is pretty much amazing, but even for her, it was an astounding feat. The woman, who opened 2013 by performing at the Inauguration, then went on to do the Super Bowl halftime show to end all halftime shows, went on a 123-show tour, took care of her little girl and still managed to record a 14-track album, film a video for each track and somehow keep the production team behind the entire escapade from breathing a word to anyone.

Beyonce, Album Promo Shot
Can we get a round of applause?

Color us impressed. Since this is Queen Bey, however, people have gotten their heads around the idea by now and music critics are just starting to recover from the shock and express some opinions on the album. Yes, the album is amazing… but is it any good?

Beyonce, Ghost Promo
The unexpected new album prompted an internet-wide freakout.

Head on over to the next page to see more pictures and find out what the critics are saying.

USA Today is impressed with both the album and the visuals, which delve deeper into the private world of Mrs Carter than ever before. Featuring both Jay Z (on the emotionally overloaded track Drunk in Love) and Blue Ivy (in the videos for Blue and Heaven), the album presents Beyonce not as “a scantily clad, cold and removed pop star; she's a smiling, relaxed mother. Awash in soft light for scenes of her and Blue Ivy, the videos, as well as the songs themselves, stand in stark contrast with the harder tracks on the album.”

Beyonce, Album Promo
This album reveals a rougher, more personal side to the pop star.

Andrew Hampp of Billboard’s lengthy, track-by-track review boils down to an extremely positive critique of Beyonce’s new effort. Much like the album’s unorthodox release strategy, the videos and most importantly musical qualities are original, experimental and they really do work. “But once the initial novelty and shock wears off of Beyoncé's impressive stealth-release feat, the brilliance and creative audacity of the album itself can sink in, Hampp says. “Though there are a few songs with traditional pop structures ("XO," "Blow" and "Drunk In Love" chief among them), many of the tracks are more experimental, half-rapped/half-sung songs with suites and interludes that pack more ideas (and more sexually explicit dialogue) than radio-friendly hooks at times.”

Beyonce, Rocket Black and White Promo
Still, the powerhouse pop star can be as sultry as ever.

The LA Times’ extended piece on the album also heaps praise on Beyonce and her work – not just the massive project that she managed to pull off in complete secrecy, but also the bold move to “torch the veil” of her carefully crafted public image.

Beyonce, Album Promo
On this album, we get to peer behind the mask.

“Songs on the album jump and dive between genres and are woven together with everything from spoken word and trap raps to the coos of her daughter Blue Ivy and vintage Destiny’s Child footage,” Gerrick D. Kennedy writes. “It's a lot to consume, but a revelatory look at the singer who has tirelessly calculated what she chooses to share (and it's not always much).”

Beyonce, Album Promo
Even the critics are duly impressed.

All in all, it’s a mind-blowing album in more ways than one. That’s probably why Bey wants her fans to hear it in its entirety – BEYONCE is only available in full, as an iTunes exclusive complete with 14 tracks and 17 videos until December 20th, when singles will be made available for purchase.

Check out the promo for Drunk in Love below.
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14th December 2013 3986082
Beyonce Releases Self-Titled 'Visual Album' Without Warning On iTunes 3996436 News

As the minutes were about to take us into Friday, 13 December, music fans across the globe were treated to an unexpected yet highly anticipated surprise. Just before midnight (EST) Beyonce released her all-new, fifth studio album on to iTunes, completely without warning.

Queen Bey
Ready or not, Queen Bey is back!

The self-titled release, her first since 2011's 4, became available to download on Thursday night without any prior marketing or anouncements from the star of her PR. The release is more that your traditional album though, as Bey has designated it as a "visual album," with each track coming with it's own video.

The fourteen song collection features four collaborations, with her husband Jay Z appearing on the duet 'Drunk In Love,' Drake shows up on 'Mine' and Frank Ocean sings with Bey on 'Superpower.' 'Blue' is listed as featuring the singer's daughter with Jay Z, Blue Ivy. There are some notable absentees on the tracklist, with the Pepsi promotional single 'Grown Woman' nowhere to be seen. The H&M commercial-featuring 'Standing on the Sun,' co-penned by the hotly-tipped Sia, is also nowhere to be found on the 'visual album.'

The album is expected to appear exclusively on iTunes for the next week, before it is made available of retail release on Saturday, December 21, according to sources speaking with Billboard. With no 'Grown Woman' or 'Standing on the Sun' available, two official singles are expected to be announced as the lead singles next week, with the singles being released on differing formats.

Beyonce H&M
The song from Beyonce's H&M campaign doesn't appear on the album either

Next page: what does Beyonce have to say and her UK tour

"I see music," Beyonce proclaimed in a video announcing the album's release via her Facebook page. She goes on to say in the video, called Self-Titled, Part 1, "It’s more than just what I hear. When I’m connected to something, I immediately see a visual or a series of images that are tied to a feeling or an emotion, a memory from my childhood, thoughts about life, my dreams or my fantasies. And they’re all connected to the music.”

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Beyonce had kept quiet about any potential new album until the midnight release, however her recently announced string of UK tour dates had begun to raise a number of eyebrows. An interview with Columbia chief Rob Stringer had also raised speculation when he confirmed Bey was working on her new album, but he too failed to give any specifics.

Beginning in February 2014, Queen Bey will kick off her UK and Ireland tour on 20 February, performing at the SSE Hydro Arena in Glasgow, before heading to Birmingham, Manchester and then London for a four night stay at the O2 in London. She will then make the trip over to the Irish capital for a three night stint at the O2 in Dublin. The tickets for Beyonce's upcoming shows will go on sale on Monday, 16 December at 10am. Check out the full dates below.

Beyonce
Beyonce will bring her live show to the UK next year

Mrs Carter World Tour - 2014 UK dates

February 20 - SSE Hydro Arena, Glasgow

Feb. 23 - LG Arena, Birmingham

Feb. 25 - Manchester Arena, Manchester

Feb. 28 - The O2, London

March 1 - The O2, London

March 2 - The O2, London

March 4 - The O2, London

March 8 - The O2, Dublin

March 9 - The O2, Dublin

March 11 - The O2, Dublin

As the minutes were about to take us into Friday, 13 December, music fans across the globe were treated to an unexpected yet highly anticipated surprise. Just before midnight (EST) Beyonce released her all-new, fifth studio album on to iTunes, completely without warning.

Queen Bey
Ready or not, Queen Bey is back!

The self-titled release, her first since 2011's 4, became available to download on Thursday night without any prior marketing or anouncements from the star of her PR. The release is more that your traditional album though, as Bey has designated it as a "visual album," with each track coming with it's own video.

The fourteen song collection features four collaborations, with her husband Jay Z appearing on the duet 'Drunk In Love,' Drake shows up on 'Mine' and Frank Ocean sings with Bey on 'Superpower.' 'Blue' is listed as featuring the singer's daughter with Jay Z, Blue Ivy. There are some notable absentees on the tracklist, with the Pepsi promotional single 'Grown Woman' nowhere to be seen. The H&M commercial-featuring 'Standing on the Sun,' co-penned by the hotly-tipped Sia, is also nowhere to be found on the 'visual album.'

The album is expected to appear exclusively on iTunes for the next week, before it is made available of retail release on Saturday, December 21, according to sources speaking with Billboard. With no 'Grown Woman' or 'Standing on the Sun' available, two official singles are expected to be announced as the lead singles next week, with the singles being released on differing formats.

Beyonce H&M
The song from Beyonce's H&M campaign doesn't appear on the album either

Next page: what does Beyonce have to say and her UK tour

"I see music," Beyonce proclaimed in a video announcing the album's release via her Facebook page. She goes on to say in the video, called Self-Titled, Part 1, "It’s more than just what I hear. When I’m connected to something, I immediately see a visual or a series of images that are tied to a feeling or an emotion, a memory from my childhood, thoughts about life, my dreams or my fantasies. And they’re all connected to the music.”

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Beyonce had kept quiet about any potential new album until the midnight release, however her recently announced string of UK tour dates had begun to raise a number of eyebrows. An interview with Columbia chief Rob Stringer had also raised speculation when he confirmed Bey was working on her new album, but he too failed to give any specifics.

Beginning in February 2014, Queen Bey will kick off her UK and Ireland tour on 20 February, performing at the SSE Hydro Arena in Glasgow, before heading to Birmingham, Manchester and then London for a four night stay at the O2 in London. She will then make the trip over to the Irish capital for a three night stint at the O2 in Dublin. The tickets for Beyonce's upcoming shows will go on sale on Monday, 16 December at 10am. Check out the full dates below.

Beyonce
Beyonce will bring her live show to the UK next year

Mrs Carter World Tour - 2014 UK dates

February 20 - SSE Hydro Arena, Glasgow

Feb. 23 - LG Arena, Birmingham

Feb. 25 - Manchester Arena, Manchester

Feb. 28 - The O2, London

March 1 - The O2, London

March 2 - The O2, London

March 4 - The O2, London

March 8 - The O2, Dublin

March 9 - The O2, Dublin

March 11 - The O2, Dublin

13th December 2013 3986082
Pharrell Williams "Won't Rush" New N.E.R.D. Album 3870263 News

Pharrell Williams has appeared on two of the biggest hits of 2013; Daft Punk's 'Get Lucky' and Robin Thicke's 'Blurred Lines,' and is currently enjoying one of the most successful periods of his already illustrious career. Not one to forget his roots, Pharrell is also working on a new N.E.R.D. album, but told the BBC recently that he has no plans on rush finishing it to cash in on his current wave of success.

Pharrell
Pharrell is in no rush to bring out the next N.E.R.D. album

"N.E.R.D. is the special thing. You don't just throw that [new music] out there. You take your time and you get it right," he told BBC Radio 1's Newsbeat. The group, whose hits include 'Rockstar' and 'She Wants To Move,' last released an album in 2010, when they brought out the mixed received Nothing. Since then Pharrell has focused on his solo and production duties for artists such as Daft Punk, Thicke, Kanye West, Frank Ocean and Justin Timberlake. Now the producer extraordinaire is taking his time to make a quality record with bandmates Sheldon Haley and Chad Hugo.

Watch the video for N.E.R.D.'s 'She Wants To Move'
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"That's the opportunity the people afford us. It's not like we sell all the records in the world," Williams said. "We cherish that. We don't abuse it by just throwing anything out. We take the right amount of time, the proper amount of time to give the people what they ask us for."

Whilst he may be spending the final months of 2013 working on his own material, 2013 will always be known for Pharrell's work with other artists. So far this year only two singles have managed to sell over a million copies; 'Get Lucky' and 'Blurred Lines.' In spite of his success and huge reputation as one of the go-to guys in the music business, Pharrell has remained modest with his current success as a collaborative artist. He told Newsbeat, "I'm not one to brag about myself. More than anything else I'm appreciative they knock."

NERD
N.E.R.D. will be back soon, but not too soon

Pharrell Williams has appeared on two of the biggest hits of 2013; Daft Punk's 'Get Lucky' and Robin Thicke's 'Blurred Lines,' and is currently enjoying one of the most successful periods of his already illustrious career. Not one to forget his roots, Pharrell is also working on a new N.E.R.D. album, but told the BBC recently that he has no plans on rush finishing it to cash in on his current wave of success.

Pharrell
Pharrell is in no rush to bring out the next N.E.R.D. album

"N.E.R.D. is the special thing. You don't just throw that [new music] out there. You take your time and you get it right," he told BBC Radio 1's Newsbeat. The group, whose hits include 'Rockstar' and 'She Wants To Move,' last released an album in 2010, when they brought out the mixed received Nothing. Since then Pharrell has focused on his solo and production duties for artists such as Daft Punk, Thicke, Kanye West, Frank Ocean and Justin Timberlake. Now the producer extraordinaire is taking his time to make a quality record with bandmates Sheldon Haley and Chad Hugo.

Watch the video for N.E.R.D.'s 'She Wants To Move'
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"That's the opportunity the people afford us. It's not like we sell all the records in the world," Williams said. "We cherish that. We don't abuse it by just throwing anything out. We take the right amount of time, the proper amount of time to give the people what they ask us for."

Whilst he may be spending the final months of 2013 working on his own material, 2013 will always be known for Pharrell's work with other artists. So far this year only two singles have managed to sell over a million copies; 'Get Lucky' and 'Blurred Lines.' In spite of his success and huge reputation as one of the go-to guys in the music business, Pharrell has remained modest with his current success as a collaborative artist. He told Newsbeat, "I'm not one to brag about myself. More than anything else I'm appreciative they knock."

NERD
N.E.R.D. will be back soon, but not too soon

17th September 2013 3852147
John Mayer's 'Paradise Valley' Album Released: Is It Any Good? 3826987 News

John Mayer's new album, Paradise Valley, dropped yesterday (20th Aug) The new record, the follow-up to 2012's Born and Raised, features collaborations with R&B singer Frank Ocean and Mayer's on/off girlfriend, Katy Perry.

John Mayer

The 35-year-old is currently in the midst of his first tour in three years after having to have a granuloma (inflammatory condition) removed from his vocal cords that delayed his fifth album. Writing on his Tumblr at the time, Mayer told his fans: "Though there will be a day when all of this will be behind me, it will sideline me for a longer period of time than I care to have you count down."

The country/folk singer appeared on Monday night's Late Night with David Letterman show where he performed 'Wildfire' from his new album wearing his trademark headscarf and a denim jacket with a peace sign on it. Speaking before the release of his previous effort, "Every new record I start, a new aesthetic comes in," he says. "I can't help it." It's true to a certain extent on Paradise Valley which aesthetically is incredibly wholesome - a facet that seems more hammed up here than on previous work. Even the cover art, showing him standing in a wild landscape, wearing a blanket, with a sleek dog by his side makes you think he's getting ready to toast something on a campfire and keep a sharp eye out for rattlers.

Listen To 'Paper Doll':
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What hasn't been modified, however, is the basic sound of his music. Having experimented with blues, hip hop and variations on the acoustic genre, it's still the same formula of country and folk influences with crafted song lyrics that seem like Mayer knows you personally that defines the Connecticut-born songwriter's sound. 'Dear Marie' speaks of a lover, long ago and far away who fell for Mayer when they were 15. 'Paper Dolls', although having sparked suspicion that it was written about Taylor Swift with its "22" reference, could essentially be written about any girl who has been hurt.

John Mayer Performing

The Boston Globe describes Paradise Valley as a "breezy journey" that "leads to a dead end," perhaps referencing the sense that we don't seem to know John any better by the end of the album; just the scores of women he's dated. Rolling Stone, however, notes that the use of minimal instruments apart from guitar and the focus on his distinctive voice "work to his advantage, allowing both his talent and his charm to shine." The New York Daily News compliments Mayer on a more accomplished piece of work than his previous efforts: "The melodies have more ease, the lyrics more awareness and the mood more coherence."

John Mayer Velvet Suit
Looking Suave.

The Atlantic picks out Katy Perry duet 'Who You Love' as the album's highlight, praising the "the excellent Katy Perry [who] sings in her real voice, without any "California Girls" synthetics." Publically, their relationship is all over the place but they find unity on the slow and beautiful track. However, The Guardian feels that Frank Ocean's appearance on 'Wildfire' "is easily the most striking 85 seconds on the record."

One dollar from each ticket sold on Mayer's current tour will go to military veterans who are suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder.

John Mayer's 'Wildfire':
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To be appreciated, the album needs to be listened from an open point of view, discounting Mayer's many fellow celeb dalliances, misplaced comments in that Playboy interview and well-documented arrogance. We'll take John Mayer, the singer; not John Mayer the media nightmare.

John Mayer's new album, Paradise Valley, dropped yesterday (20th Aug) The new record, the follow-up to 2012's Born and Raised, features collaborations with R&B singer Frank Ocean and Mayer's on/off girlfriend, Katy Perry.

John Mayer

The 35-year-old is currently in the midst of his first tour in three years after having to have a granuloma (inflammatory condition) removed from his vocal cords that delayed his fifth album. Writing on his Tumblr at the time, Mayer told his fans: "Though there will be a day when all of this will be behind me, it will sideline me for a longer period of time than I care to have you count down."

The country/folk singer appeared on Monday night's Late Night with David Letterman show where he performed 'Wildfire' from his new album wearing his trademark headscarf and a denim jacket with a peace sign on it. Speaking before the release of his previous effort, "Every new record I start, a new aesthetic comes in," he says. "I can't help it." It's true to a certain extent on Paradise Valley which aesthetically is incredibly wholesome - a facet that seems more hammed up here than on previous work. Even the cover art, showing him standing in a wild landscape, wearing a blanket, with a sleek dog by his side makes you think he's getting ready to toast something on a campfire and keep a sharp eye out for rattlers.

Listen To 'Paper Doll':
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What hasn't been modified, however, is the basic sound of his music. Having experimented with blues, hip hop and variations on the acoustic genre, it's still the same formula of country and folk influences with crafted song lyrics that seem like Mayer knows you personally that defines the Connecticut-born songwriter's sound. 'Dear Marie' speaks of a lover, long ago and far away who fell for Mayer when they were 15. 'Paper Dolls', although having sparked suspicion that it was written about Taylor Swift with its "22" reference, could essentially be written about any girl who has been hurt.

John Mayer Performing

The Boston Globe describes Paradise Valley as a "breezy journey" that "leads to a dead end," perhaps referencing the sense that we don't seem to know John any better by the end of the album; just the scores of women he's dated. Rolling Stone, however, notes that the use of minimal instruments apart from guitar and the focus on his distinctive voice "work to his advantage, allowing both his talent and his charm to shine." The New York Daily News compliments Mayer on a more accomplished piece of work than his previous efforts: "The melodies have more ease, the lyrics more awareness and the mood more coherence."

John Mayer Velvet Suit
Looking Suave.

The Atlantic picks out Katy Perry duet 'Who You Love' as the album's highlight, praising the "the excellent Katy Perry [who] sings in her real voice, without any "California Girls" synthetics." Publically, their relationship is all over the place but they find unity on the slow and beautiful track. However, The Guardian feels that Frank Ocean's appearance on 'Wildfire' "is easily the most striking 85 seconds on the record."

One dollar from each ticket sold on Mayer's current tour will go to military veterans who are suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder.

John Mayer's 'Wildfire':
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To be appreciated, the album needs to be listened from an open point of view, discounting Mayer's many fellow celeb dalliances, misplaced comments in that Playboy interview and well-documented arrogance. We'll take John Mayer, the singer; not John Mayer the media nightmare.

21st August 2013 3823878
Chris Brown Sued, By Frank Ocean's Cousin, Over January Brawl. Got That? 3814716 News

Looks like another legal headache for Chris Brown is on it's way, as the singer is being sued by the cousin of R&B star Frank Ocean, who claims that the 'Don't Wake Me Up' singer's bodyguard beat him to a pulp during a confrontation between the two stars earlier this year. The attack in question happened in January this year, in which the two singers and their entourages came to blows over a parking spot at a LA recording studio, during which Brown allegedly threw homophobic slurs at Ocean and threatened to shoot him (although it is still unclear who started the brawl).

Chris Brown
Brown has yet another legal battle to worry about

Frank's cousin Sha'Keir Duarte has now revisited the unpleasant incident saying that he was severely injured during the brawl, claiming that Brown's hired protection, a man who goes by the name of 'Hood,' pulverised him during the attack. Duarte goes on to state that Hood repeatedly punched and kicked him, continuing his brutal attack even when he fell to the ground. In all, Durate reckons he suffered at least twelve kicks to the body and several to the head whilst he was on the floor, having sustained a number of blows prior to collapsing to the floor.

Frank Ocean
Ocean decided not to press charges against Brown following the attack

To make matters worst, Durate also claims that Brown spurred on his bodyguard and told him to keep hitting him even when he fell to the ground. He reckons that Brown yelled things like "get that n****r!" and mocked him when he was on the ground, allegedly saying, "you just got your ass beat and it's all on camera."

Durate now claims to be permanently disabled because of the attack and he is suing Brown for an unspecified amount. TMZ managed to get a comment from Brown's rep concerning the incident, who only said, "Chris Brown does not employee anyone named Hood."

Frank Ocean BRITs Chris Brown Billboards
The difference between Frank and Chris? People actually like Frank

Looks like another legal headache for Chris Brown is on it's way, as the singer is being sued by the cousin of R&B star Frank Ocean, who claims that the 'Don't Wake Me Up' singer's bodyguard beat him to a pulp during a confrontation between the two stars earlier this year. The attack in question happened in January this year, in which the two singers and their entourages came to blows over a parking spot at a LA recording studio, during which Brown allegedly threw homophobic slurs at Ocean and threatened to shoot him (although it is still unclear who started the brawl).

Chris Brown
Brown has yet another legal battle to worry about

Frank's cousin Sha'Keir Duarte has now revisited the unpleasant incident saying that he was severely injured during the brawl, claiming that Brown's hired protection, a man who goes by the name of 'Hood,' pulverised him during the attack. Duarte goes on to state that Hood repeatedly punched and kicked him, continuing his brutal attack even when he fell to the ground. In all, Durate reckons he suffered at least twelve kicks to the body and several to the head whilst he was on the floor, having sustained a number of blows prior to collapsing to the floor.

Frank Ocean
Ocean decided not to press charges against Brown following the attack

To make matters worst, Durate also claims that Brown spurred on his bodyguard and told him to keep hitting him even when he fell to the ground. He reckons that Brown yelled things like "get that n****r!" and mocked him when he was on the ground, allegedly saying, "you just got your ass beat and it's all on camera."

Durate now claims to be permanently disabled because of the attack and he is suing Brown for an unspecified amount. TMZ managed to get a comment from Brown's rep concerning the incident, who only said, "Chris Brown does not employee anyone named Hood."

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