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Yellowcard drops lawsuit over Juice WRLD's "Lucid Dreams"

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Yellowcard has dropped the band’s lawsuit against late rapper Juice WRLD, The New York Times reports.

The “Ocean Avenue” rockers first filed the suit last October, alleging that Juice’s 2018 breakout hit “Lucid Dreams” copied “melodic” elements from Yellowcard’s 2006 song “Holly Wood Died.” However, the case became much more complicated when Juice, born Jarad Higgins, died suddenly last December at age 21.

Despite Higgins’ death, Yellowcard continued to pursue the case, which was put on hold this past February until a personal executive was named to represent the rapper’s estate. According to docs obtained by The New York Times, Yellowcard decided to abandon the case just a few weeks after Juice’s mother was named executor of his estate.

In a statement to NYT, Yellowcard’s lawyer Richard Busch says, “My clients are very sympathetic not only of Juice WRLD’s death, but also needed time to decide whether they really wanted to pursue the case against his grieving mother as the personal representative of his estate.”

Busch does note that Yellowcard is dropping the case without prejudice, so it could be refiled in the future.

The multi-platinum “Lucid Dreams” peaked at number two on the Billboard Hot 100. The song already credits Sting, since it interpolates the Police frontman’s 1993 solo song, “Shape of My Heart.”

By Josh Johnson
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