Yellowcard is suing rapper Juice WRLD for $15 million over his song “Lucid Dreams,” according to a new lawsuit.
Yellowcard, known for their 2003 hit “Ocean Avenue,” claims Juice WRLD licensed Sting’s 1993 track “Shape of My Heart,” but decided to “willfully infringe” their song.
The rock band argued in court documents that the 20-year-old rapper’s childhood crush may have played a role in his alleged copyright infringement.
“Specifically, in a published interview, Defendant Juice WRLD stated that he had a crush on a girl in fifth grade who was ‘really emo,’” Yellowcard said. “At the time, the girl mentioned that she really enjoyed Emo pop rock, which is the precise genre of ‘Yellowcard’s’ music.”
They continued, “Based upon his current age, these initial events would have occurred in approximately 2006. Thus, upon information and belief, at the time Defendant Juice WRLD began studying the Emo genre of music, ‘Holly Wood Died’ would have been recently released.”
Yellowcard released “Holly Wood Died” on January 1, 2006. Juice WRLD dropped “Lucid Dreams” on Soundcloud in 2017, and later as an official single in March 2018. The latter peaked at No. 2 in the Billboard Hot 100 charts.
“As of October 21, 2019, the music video for ‘Lucid Dreams’ has attracted more than 381,307,000 views on YouTube,” Yellowcard also pointed out. “As of October 21, 2019, ‘Lucid Dreams’ has over 939,955,000 streams on Spotify.”
A rep for Juice WRLD did not immediately return our requests for comment.
Below are both tracks for a side-by-side comparison.
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