Frank Ocean & Mary J.Blige Gear Up For Legal Battle? Court Documents Unveiled

Published: Tuesday 11th Feb 2014 by David
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Is Mary J.Blige being forced to take legal action against ‘Nostalgia Ultra’ lyricist Frank Ocean?

Yes…and no.

Confused? Not to worry, meet us below for a full explanation of the pair’s unique legal battle below.

Pulled from Blige’s game-changing ‘What’s The 411?’, 3.15% of Real Love‘s copyright is owned by a company named TufAmerica.

Why? Well, while by way of its sampling on The HoneyDrippers 1973 cut ‘Impeach the President’, ‘Love’ finds the aforementioned percentage of itself owned by ‘America’, who own the rights to ‘President.’

Still with us?

Great.

Now, because Ocean’s ‘Channel Orange’– lifted ‘Super Rich Kids’ features a sample from Mary‘s ‘Love’, ‘America’ have filed a lawsuit against the Universal Music Group and its owner Vivendi, citing Ocean’s sampling of a song that had already sampled a song they owned the rights to as their grounds for doing so.

what?

Yes, you heard right…sued for sampling a song that sampled 3.15% of another song.

Click here to peep the case’s court documents.

So, let us know…

What do you make of the suit?

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  1. cocobutta February 11, 2014

    Somebody in financial trouble to be grabbing a REACH like that.

    A cheque needs to be cut though lol.
    3.15% is really lame

  2. 2bad2bme February 11, 2014

    But why would you guys say Mary is suing him when she’s not. It’s TufAmerica. Thatgrapejuice get it together

  3. iamthetruth February 11, 2014

    Why artists sample songs I will never know! I mean eveybody does it even your incredible fave Thieveyonce does, but BUT even if it means spending more time in the studio creating your own ideas instead of having to go through mess like this, then so be it!

  4. h2o February 11, 2014

    Shouldn’t be that much.

    Off topic: I think his next album will be much more commercially appealing successful than “channel ORANGE”. Specially if led by a couple of good radio-friendly Adult Contemporary hits.

    If he knew how to get 90+ MetaCritic scores and go gold in his sleep, I’m sure he knows what radios want and sells. He even said it’ll be inspired by the Beatles and Beach Boys so..

  5. h2o February 11, 2014

    And 2 Grammys and AOTY nom, ffs

  6. CzarM February 11, 2014

    Pause.

  7. BrownSuga February 11, 2014

    His gay card is played out now.

    Keep song writing Franky O

  8. Joanna February 11, 2014

    Yeah, cause YOU whoever the hell you are don’t like him-love the obligatory obsessive and pathetically predictable gay reference-he must go? Moron.

    Frank whatever you do, stay away from black american people like you’ve been doing so. They will only drag you down with their limited bigoted and mainstream attitude.

    Frank Ocean is NOT a dull mainstream cheesy artist…why do black blogs write about him because he is black? You don’t get his music and think artists are only good if they are fake, obsessed with money and are dumb.

    He does more then fine without this BS. Look at all his sold out concerts from the US to Australia; 10% black people if that. 3 major sold out concerts in the UK…5% black in the crowds. Keep it that way. Black people are so negative and mean spirited.

  9. RICHIE_RICH February 11, 2014

    @Joanna not all black people are like that. That’s like me saying all white people are racist.

  10. FAF February 11, 2014

    When I heard the song it actually reminded me of Mary J Blige “deep inside” which she sampled from Elton John “Benny and the Jets” but they won’t get s*** this song was not even a single

  11. FAF February 11, 2014

    Well it was a single but had no promo nor vid so the airplay was minimal i doubt he made over $100k for them to take from that one song … There are stipulations with music anyway you can include a certain byte as long as you do not replicate the entire song. So the original author has more of a claim then Mary would

  12. Ren February 11, 2014

    @JOANNA

    White folks can have his gay ass. Take him please. It’s not that I don’t “get” him it’s that I don’t want him. You crackaz can have that ankle grabbing clown.

  13. GoldenBoy J. February 11, 2014

    What’s with those TufAmerica people? They keep suing artists all over the place, it’s crazy.

  14. LindaWins February 11, 2014

    Correct me if I’m wrong, but “Super Rich Kids” samples Elton Johns’, “Benny and The Jets”. The record y’all are talking about sounds nothing like Franks song, however Elton’s sounds EXACTLY like that record.

  15. h2o February 11, 2014

    @ Joanne

    I totally agree.

    And I do respect African-Americans but some of them…………………………….

  16. Casual February 11, 2014

    Agreed. On the real, it makes more financial sense to re-create the sample than to actually use one.

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