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Frank Ocean Pulls Out of Coldplay Tour

Cancels 15 European dates, including several festival appearances

Frank Ocean performs during Lollapalooza at Grant Park in Chicago.
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August 12, 2012 3:55 PM ET

Frank Ocean suddenly pulled himself out of the line-up for Sweden's Way Out West festival yesterday and has canceled a long string of other European dates, including a stadium tour with Coldplay, Billboard reports.

Ocean had performed four songs at the Oya Festival in Norway on Friday, but brought the appearance to an early end, which festival announcers said was due to his losing his voice. Whether Ocean's vocal problems are the reason behind his tour cancellations remains unclear.

A statement on the Way Out West festival's website yesterday read: "Frank Ocean has just informed us that he will be unable to perform this evening at Way Out West. Both Frank Ocean and we hoped for the best, but unfortunately he will not be performing."

Way Out West also posted a statement from Ocean – which, while deeply apologetic, offers little explanation. "Let me start by saying I feel like an asshole right now," the singer's statement says, "but a tough decision had to be made in regard to my schedule over the next months and the casualties of that decision include my appearances at upcoming festivals in Europe and my opening slot on the European leg of the Coldplay world tour. Sorry as fuck, I'll be back if you'll have me."

In addition to the ten-city Coldplay tour that was to begin at the end of August, Ocean has canceled appearances at Flow Festival, Pukkelpop, V Festival and Bestival.

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