According to reports, Ocean’s legal action is the latest in a series of back-and-forth bouts.
Ocean says when he originally sent a deal agreement to Om’Mas, the producer refused to sign it. The singer says despite Om’Mas not co-writing any of the songs, he continues to demand profits. As The Blast previously reported, Om’Mas first sued Ocean seeking to get the writing credit he felt he deserved on “Blonde.” (The Blast)
In February, buzz developed about Frank taking legal action to end the ownership claims.
In docs, obtained by TMZ, Frank says Om’Mas registered with ASCAP — which manages royalties for songwriters — and claimed he had co-written 11 songs … including “Pink + White,” and “Ivy.” Frank says he hired and paid Om’Mas a flat fee to work on the master recordings … and that’s it. Frank’s adamant — Om’Mas didn’t write the lyrics, melody or music. He’s suing to get a judge to block Om’Mas from getting songwriting credits. (TMZ)
Earlier the same month, Frank put out his cover of classic song “Moon River.”
Frank Ocean released a new song overnight. It’s a cover of “Moon River,” which Audrey Hepburn originally performed in Breakfast at Tiffany’s. The song arrived in a Tumblr post captioned, “in the late night.” Ocean’s most recent song before that was “Provider,” which received a Hello Kitty-inspired music video. (Pitchfork)
A few weeks prior, Ocean hinted at new music possibly coming together for 2018.
Ocean has recently sparked speculation that he’ll return with new music this year after a prolonged absence. Posting an image on his Tumblr page last month, he said: “IF YOU LIKED 2017, YOU’LL LOVE…2018”. (NME)