Frank Ocean's Blonde Might Get Him Sued
Universal isn't too thrilled about the duo-album drop.
BY Sammy Nickalls | Aug 25, 2016 | Music
Frank Ocean fans may have been pumped when the singer dropped not one, but two albums earlier this month... but Universal Music Group isn't having it. In fact, though Blonde is undeniably a masterpiece, it's a total business mess in the eyes of Universal—and it may get Ocean sued.
Endless was, technically, Ocean's last project for Def Jam/Universal, and when he quickly followed it up with Blonde, it seemed like an indie release. However, Billboard notes that while fans may view the double album drop as badass, it may violate a rule in his contract that forbids projects from being released within close proximity to each other:
"...most recording contracts stipulate that a window of time during which an artist can't release music on any other label, so as not to compete with the current project—in this case, DefJam's Endless. By deliveringBlond within just 24 hours, it raises the question of whether Universal even knew it was coming—and what they could have done about it regardless."
In other words? Ocean has set up his albums to compete against one another, and it's undeniable that the conversation on social media has been more about Blonde than Universal's Endless. Universal hasn't made any moves yet, but it looks like Ocean may have some legal troubles ahead. Then again, is there anything he hasn't thought of?
From: Esquire US