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Rising R&B singer Frank Ocean is in a legal battle after his single, “American Wedding,” in which he uses the music from the 1977 mega-hit “Hotel California.” has enraged the Eagles lawyers.


Ocean has essentially just recorded his own lyrics over the top of the original track without getting permission and it is now being prepared for wide commercial release by the Def Jam label. The track is easily identifiable and the instrumental is unmistakable under his voice yet Ocean doesn’t think he did anything wrong, stating on his Tumblr page:


“[Eagles frontman] Don Henley is apparently intimidated by my rendition of ‘Hotel California.’ He threatened to sue if I perform it again. I think that’s f***** awesome.”


Ocean went on. “I didn’t make a dime off that song. I released it for free. If anything, I’m paying homage.”


Ocean often performs “American Wedding” live, and from the remarks on his tumblr page it seems he will continue to do so. Many will be interested to see if the R & B newbie performs the track at the Coachella festival in California in April.


The artist recently stepped into the spotlight as part of Odd Future, as well as for his work on “Watch the Throne”, the Jay-Z/Kanye West collaboration.


Though “nostalgia, ULTRA” was released over a year ago, the legal trouble appears to have only surfaced last week. As it turns out, the legendary rockers don’t agree with Ocean’s take on the matter though a representative for Henley said that it was neither his client nor The Eagles who threatened legal action, but the label which owns the master track.


The band’s rep gave a quick statement to the L.A. Times: “Frank Ocean did not merely ‘sample’ a portion of the Eagles’ ‘Hotel California,’ he took the whole master track, plus the song’s existing melody, and replaced the lyrics with his own. This is not creative, let alone ‘intimidating.’ It’s illegal. For the record, Don Henley has not threatened or instituted any legal action against Frank Ocean, although the Eagles are now considering whether they should.”


Though Ocean’s “American Wedding” track can’t be found on iTunes to download and the YouTube video of the R&B singer performing the song has been taken down, Instrumania have found a sample available from NME’s soundloud (below).




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Radiohead, Dr Dre and Snoop Dogg are to headline this year's Coachella festival in California.

Snoop Dogg is still set to headline this year's Coachella festival despite TMZ reporting that the Sweat rapper was arrested on Saturday (7th January) at the Sierra Blanca highway checkpoint after border patrol found a red prescription bottle containing under a half-ounce of weed on his tour bus.

Other acts on the line-up include Pulp, Florence + the Machine and Noel Gallagher's High Flying Birds, as well as Swedish House Mafia, Arctic Monkeys, Bon Iver and La Roux, while Swedish punks Refused will play their first major gig in 14 years.

The first Coachella festival took place back in 1999 and featured top artists such as Beck, the Chemical Brothers and Morrissey, with over 25,000 fans visiting the two-day event. The event takes place in the desert near Palm Springs, and for the first time will be held over two weekends in April, featuring identical line-ups.

Tickets are set to go on sale to the public in a few days. You can find out more information via the tickets page at: http://www.coachella.com/festival-passes/how-to-purchase

The full line-up for Coachella festival 2012 is as follows:

 

Day 1 - Friday 13 and 20 April

The Black Keys, Swedish House Mafia, Pulp, Refused, Arctic Monkeys, Mazzy Star, Afrojack, Explosions in the Sky, M83, Amon Tobin, Cat Power, Madness, Jimmy Cliff and Tim Armstrong, GIRLS, the Rapture, Madeon, M Ward, the Horrors, Frank Ocean, James Alesso, Sebastien, Yuck, Neon Indian, Dawes, Black Angels, Deathgrips, Wu Lyf, Breakbot, Atari Teenage Riot, Feed Me, Givers, Other Lives, Band of Skulls, R3hab, Wolfgang, Midnight Beast, EMA, Ximena Sarinana, Kendrick Lamar, The Dear Hunter, Honeyhoney, Hello Seahorse!, Sheepdogs, LA Riots

Day 2 - Saturday 14 and 21 April

Radiohead, Bon Iver, the Shins, David Guetta, Noel Gallagher's High Flying Birds, Kaskade, Miike Snow, Jeff Mangum, Sebastian Ingrosso, Andrew Bird, Feist, Firehose, Godspeed You! Black Emperor, St Vincent, Martin Solveig, Subfocus, SBTRKT, Flying Lotus, Manchester Orchestra, Kasabian, AWOL Nation, Azealia Banks, Squeeze, A$AP Rocky, Buzzcocks, Kaiser Chiefs, Destroyer, the Head and the Heart, Laura Marling, Tuneyards, Grace Potter and the Nocturnals, Black Lips, the Big Pink, Childish Gambino, the Vaccines, Zed's Dead, Grouplove, Jacques Lu Cont, We Were Promised, Jetpacks, Gary Clark Junior, Borgore, Dragonette, We Are Augustines, Mt Eden, Destructo, Suedehead, Keep Shelley in Athens, Pure Filth Sound

Day 3 - Sunday 15 and 22 April

Dr Dre and Snoop Dogg, At the Drive-In, Justice, Florence and the Machine, AVICII, La Roux, Beirut, the Weeknd, Girl Talk, The Hives, DJ Shadow, Calvin Harris, Nero, Wild Flag, Modeselektor, Dada Life, Porter Robinson, Santigold, Flux Pavilion, Dr P, Gotye, Seun Keti, Egypt 80, Beats Antique, Fitz and the Tantrums, Araabmuzik, Company Flow, Real Estate, Zed, Le Bucherettes, Greg Ginn, the Growlers, Noisia, Morgan Page, Gaslamp Killer, First Aid Kit, Oberhofer, Lissie, Thundercat, Metronomy, Wild Beasts, Housse de Racket, Fanfarlo, Spector, Gardens and Villa, Airplane Boys, Sleeper Agent