Tarantino explains why Frank Ocean was cut from the Django Unchained soundtrack

In what originally struck us as one of the most exciting potential collaborations to emerge over the past couple of months, Frank Ocean revealed a few weeks ago to GQ that he had written a song for Tarantino’s new flick, Django Unchained. However, when the full track list was recently released, there was a notable absence of an Ocean tune, prompting commentators to speculate what went awry.

In his typically verbose and very compelling style, Tarantino has just released a statement explaining the omission. He said:

“Frank Ocean wrote a fantastic ballad that was truly lovely and poetic in every way, there just wasn't a scene for it. I could have thrown it in quickly just to have it, but that's not why he wrote it and not his intention. So I didn't want to cheapen his effort. But, the song is fantastic, and when Frank decides to unleash it on the public, they'll realize it then.”

Although we’re killing to hear Ocean’s (presumably Western-tinged) ballad, the soundtrack doesn’t look to have suffered too much from the exclusion. It features original work by Rick Ross and Jamie Foxx, as well as tracks by Anthony Hamilton, John Legend and THE Ennio Morricone. There’s also a 2pac and James Brown mash up thrown in the mix.

You can purchase the album from 18 December from Loma Vista Recordings, while the film will arrive in Australian cinemas on 23 January 2013. In the meantime, check out the new trailer below (via Yahoo!).

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