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Chipotle Is Suing Frank Ocean

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Ilya S. Savenok—Getty Images Frank Ocean performing in New York City, Sept. 21, 2012.

The popular fast food chain claims the Grammy-winning R&B singer took $212,500 in payment for a song he never delivered, according to the lawsuit, but Ocean says he was misled about the full terms of the deal

Chipotle is suing R’n’B singer Frank Ocean.

The fast food restaurant said Friday it signed a $425,000 agreement with Ocean for a promotional video that the pop star agreed to write a song for. Chipotle showed Ocean the film, and asked the singer to write and deliver a master take of the track by early August, the company said in a complaint.

Ocean accepted $212,500 in payment before he was expected to deliver the song, but never sent over a finished track, according to Chipotle’s lawsuit. Ocean would have received the rest of his payment after sending the master track, Chipotle said.

“Ocean has been unjustly enriched,” the company said.

Lawyers for Ocean claimed he was misled about the terms of the deal.

“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,” said his attorneys in a letter to Chipotle. “Frank was also promised that he’d have the right to approve the master and all advertising.”

Chipotle denies those were the terms of the deal.

An Ocean representative did not immediately comment on the case.

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