Frank Ocean reportedlt sends Travis Scott a cease-and-desist to remove vocals from ‘Carousel’
Frank Ocean isn’t happy with how he sounds on Travis Scott’s album Astroworld, TMZ reports today (Sept. 14). According to the report, Ocean’s legal team has sent Scott a cease-and-desist letter demanding the singer be removed from the project’s song “Carousel.”
The track, produced by Hit-Boy, features a hook and verse from Frank, who reportedly didn’t approve of changes made to his vocals after they were recorded. Sources told TMZ that the creative disagreement started before Astroworlddropped and is escalating after Scott refused to change the song.
Scott’s project debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 in August. Many of Astroworld‘s songs charted, too, including “Carousel,” which peaked at No. 24 on the Hot 100. That would make it Ocean’s highest-charting single, if he remains on the song. (Calvin Harris’ “Slide” featuring Ocean and Migos peaked at No. 25.)
Both Ocean and Scott have been navigating separate legal battles in recent months. Frank sued producer Om’mas Keith for claiming songwriting credits on several tracks on his 2016 album Blond. Keith subsequently countersued.
Travis, meanwhile, filed a countersuit in August over a fan who was reportedly paralyzed at his April 2017 show at Terminal 5 in New York. The rapper denies any responsibility for the fan falling from a third-floor balcony.