Juice WRLD slapped with $15 million copyright infringement lawsuit from rock band Yellowcard over his song Lucid Dreams
The now defunct rock band Yellowcard is suing emo-rapper Juice WRLD for $15 million for copyright infringement.
The Florida rockers claim the 20-year-old [real name Jarad A Higgins] copied melodic elements of their 2006 song Holly Wood Died for his breakthrough 2018 single Lucid Dreams.
The plaintiffs maintain parts of the melodies in the two songs are ‘virtually identical,’ according to Billboard.
The accusation: The former rock band Yellowcard filed a copyright infringement lawsuit against Juice WRLD and other co-writers claiming he copped elements of their song Holly Wood Died for his breakthrough 2018 tune Lucid Dreams
The lawsuit identifies similar notes in the verse of both songs.
It also points to a so-called melisma idiosyncrasy, a term for singing multiple notes within one syllable of text, that appears in a ‘parallel position’ in both songs.
The plaintiffs claim it appears in the phrase ‘I know that you want me dead’ in Lucid Dreams, and in the line ‘like razors they cut through the heart’ in Holly Wood Died.
Making his mark: Lucid Dreams helped break Juice WRLD to the mainstream in 2018; the 20-year-old is pictured during a show on October 13 in New York City
Lucid Dreams is actually structured prominently around a sample of Sting’s 1993 song Shape Of My Heart.
Sting and his solo band guitarist Dominic Miller were credited as writers, but not Yellowcard and its former members: William Key, Peter Mosely, Longineu Parson and Sean Wellman-Macklin.
Juice WRLD’s co-writers — Taz Taylor (a.k.a. Danny Lee Snodgress Jr.) and producer Nicholas Mira — were also among those named in the lawsuit.
The band is not only asking for financial compensation, they also want co-ownership of the song and its royalties.
And since Lucid Dreams was instrumental in breaking Juice WRLD to the mainstream, which allowed him to tour and perform, the band also maintain they are owed revenue from his concert tours and public appearances.
Making their case: The lawsuit identifies similarities in both songs
‘This was not a lawsuit the guys wanted to file. They put all of the parties on notice a long while ago and gave them every opportunity to try to resolve it. That notice was pretty much ignored leaving them with no real choice,’ the band’s lawyer said in a statement.
‘As alleged in the Complaint, this is not just a generic Emo Rap song, but is a blatant copy of significant original compositional elements of Holly Wood Died in several respects. Beyond that, everything we have to say is in the Complaint.’
So far Juice WRLD has not issued a public response to the accusations.