Chipotle Has Beef With Frank Ocean


Chipotle is suing Frank Ocean after the singer and a burrito got into an altercation outside the Westlake Studio in the Los Angeles last night. When Frank Ocean refused to take a bite of the chicken burrito, he was apparently jumped by the burrito and two enchiladas.

Chipotle, the Mexican food chain, is apparently suing Frank Ocean for pulling out of an advertising campaign after he had been paid $212,500. It is being reported that Ocean was paid the money to record a version of the song “Pure Imagination” from the movie Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory for Chipotle’s “Scarecrow” campaign, but, on the day that he was supposed to deliver the song (August 7, 2013), he backed out of the deal.

Ocean’s legal team sent the following letter to Chipotle explaining the singer’s withdrawal:

“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. Frank was also promised that he’d have the right to approve the master and all advertising.”

Chipotle, however, claims that the singer was shown an 80% complete version of the commercial that his song would accompany, and was informed that the final version would include Chipotle branding.

In the end, Fiona Apple recorded the song. Listen at the bottom of the post.

UPDATE: Frank Ocean has always been a man of few and vague words, so his latest Tumblr post—a Wikipedia entry for the word “defamation”—could potentially be a response to Chipotle’s lawsuit.

UPDATE 2: Frank Ocean’s got jokes! Loaded to his Tumblr again, he’s shared a scan of a cheque with “fuck off” written into the memo section.



  • SK

    really sucks this had to happen, Pure Imagination is one of my favorite songs of all time and I would have loved to hear a Frank Ocean cover

  • swaggerlee

    solid reasons for backing out.

  • youngertwinftw

    sucks that Frank couldn’t do it, but Fiona killed it. really haunting stuff

  • GeorgeWhittiker

    Fiona Apple’s rendition of Pure Imagination makes me wonder if she would have been a better pick for the Lana Del Rey cover of Once Upon a Dream.

    I still love Ocean.

  • Taj

    Frank Forever.

  • Carlo

    Maybe he should just return the Everlasting gobstopper? YOU GET NOTHING FRANK!! YOU LOSE! GOOD DAY SIR!

  • samadeus

    i can’t imagine being paid $212,500 to sing one song.

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