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Yellowcard withdraw ‘Lucid Dreams’ copyright lawsuit against Juice WRLD’s estate

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Yellowcard have withdrawn their copyright infringement lawsuit against the estate of late rapper Juice WRLD, it was announced today (July 28).

The pop-punk band, who disbanded in 2017, had filed a complaint in October 2019 claiming the rapper, who died in December 2019, plagiarised parts of their 2006 song ‘Holly Wood Died’ in his hit song ‘Lucid Dreams’.

Yellowcard highlighted alleged sonic similarities between the two songs and were suing for damages, past and present royalties for the song and profits from Juice WRLD’s tours.

Listen to ‘Lucid Dreams’ below:

Per the New York Times, Yellowcard have dismissed the multimillion-dollar lawsuit without prejudice, which means they can refile the lawsuit again if they decide to.

Yellowcard’s attorney, Richard S. Busch shared a statement to Pitchfork: “The dismissal was without prejudice, which means it can be refilled [sic]. My clients really were uncomfortable about pursuing this action against Juice WRLD’s grieving mother as the representative of his Estate.

“As they said previously, they also are incredibly sympathetic about his death and were torn initially about pursuing this in light of his death. As a result of all that has happened, they simply need additional time to decide what they want to do.”

In a statement issued to Pitchfork, Christine Lapera, attorney for the Juice WRLD estate said, “Defendants were fully prepared to defend against the allegations -viewed as without merit- and remain so prepared should it become necessary. There was no settlement or consideration whatsoever for Plaintiffs’ voluntary dismissal.”

Proceedings for the lawsuit had been halted in December 2019, after Juice WRLD died from an accidental overdose at the age of 21, before recommencing just over a week later.

In February a stay was put in place again until Juice WRLD’s estate could appoint an administrator, later announced as the rapper’s mother Carmela Wallace.

The case was paused again in April due to the coronavirus pandemic, before a recommencement was announced earlier this month.

Juice WRLD’s posthumous album ‘Legends Never Die’ was released July 10. It has since broken records, landing at number one on the UK album chart. and gaining 422.63million streams in the first week of its release. Juice WRLD became the third artist in US chart history to have five songs from one album in the top 10 of the Billboard Hot 100 at the same time.

Collaborative singles between Juice WRLD and Trippie Redd and The Kid LAROI have also been released since the rapper’s untimely death.

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Biffy Clyro’s Simon Neil: “I tried to enter Eurovision once”

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Biffy Clyro frontman Simon Neil has admitted that he once tried to enter the Eurovision Song Contest.

The frontman said he made a bid to enter the contest with his side project Marmaduke Duke.

He told The Sunday Times: “I have another band called Marmaduke Duke, and we did actually try entering Eurovision. You have to dream big.”

Speaking about how he came to love the show after watching it on acid 18 years ago, Neil added: “I wasted an evening watching the Eurovision Song Contest. Eighteen years ago a friend and I took some acid and watched Eurovision, and it was one of the greatest nights of my life.

“The universe opened up to me. I got it, I realised how tongue-in-cheek the whole thing is, and now I waste a night each year watching Eurovision.”

Earlier today (August 3), Biffy Clyro were confirmed to headline next year’s Download Festival alongside Kiss and System Of A Down on June 4-6, 2021

The band also recently shared new track ‘Weird Leisure’ from their forthcoming A Celebration Of Endings’, which is due out on August 14.

It follows the release of previous album tracks ‘Instant History’ and ‘Tiny Indoor Fireworks’.

Speaking about ‘Weird Leisure’ in a recent NME cover feature, Neil said: “That’s a song about one of my oldest friends. He just chose the wrong path and got himself into a really tricky situation where his world closed in. He’d want help and you’d try to help, but then a week later you’re back to square one.

“Fortunately he’s in a good place now and on his way out of the darkness. I love this guy so much, but – fucking hell – he’s put me through some shit.”

To mark the release of ‘A Celebration Of Endings’, Biffy are set to play a special livestreamed show from an unnamed iconic Glasgow venue on August 15.

The livestreamed show comes as the band recently postponed all their planned 2020 tour dates due to the coronavirus pandemic.

Meanwhile, Neil also recently revealed that a long-awaited new album from Marmaduke Duke is nearing completion.

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Download Festival 2021: WATCH Kiss play Rock And Roll All Nite in 2015 headline slot

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Kiss fans will of course remember the legendary performance from 2015 which saw them taking the main stage by storm.

In front of thousands of people at Donington Park, the quartet demanded festival-goers’ attention by playing their biggest hits.

One of the biggest hits of the night was their performance of arguably their best known song – Rock And Roll All Nite – which you can watch at the top of this article.

Gene Simmons took charge of his song and forced viewers to follow along with his incredible vocals, and side-splitting bass riffs.

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Kiss, Biffy Clyro and System Of A Down to headline Download 2021

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Kiss, Biffy Clyro and System Of A Down have been announced as headliners for next year’s Download Festival.

Next year’s bash will take place on June 4-6, 2021 at Donington Park, Leicestershire and will also include a raft of other heavyweight acts such as Deftones, Korn, The Distillers, Steel Panther, Frank Carter And The Rattlesnakes, The Darkness, Black Veil Brides, Creeper and Alestorm.

Tickets go on sale at 9am on Friday (August 7) and are available here. You can view the full line up below.

Kiss, Iron Maiden and System Of A Down were due to headline in 2020 but the metal festival was cancelled due to the coronavirus pandemic.

Biffy Clyro will now headline instead of Iron Maiden for their first headline slot at the festival since 2017 and they will be performing tracks from their forthcoming album of ‘A Celebration Of Endings’, which is out on August 14.

They said: “We can’t wait to return to headline Download in 2021! It’s a highlight of the festival calendar and a big part of our history as a band. Headlining in 2017 was special and now it’s time to celebrate again! Fuck on!”

The full lineup so far for Download 2021 is:

Kiss
Biffy Clyro
System Of A Down
A.A. Williams
A Day To Remember
Airbourne
Alestorm
Anchor Lane
Baroness
Blackout Problems
Black Veil Brides
Bleed From Within
Blues Pills
Bokassa
Bush
Cellar Door Moon Crow
Cemetery Sun
Control The Storm
Creeper
Daughtry
Dead Label
Dead Posey
Deftones
Dirty Honey
Dying Fetus
Electric Wizard
Employed To Serve
Frank Carter & The Rattlesnakes
Funeral For A Friend
Gender Roles
Gojira
Haken
Hatari
Higher Power
Holding Absence
Hot Milk
Killswitch Engage
Kill The Lights
KORN
Jamie Lenman
JJ Wilde
Joyous Wolf
Lacuna Coil
Loathe
Lotus Eater
Marianas Trench
Mastodon
Modern Error
Myles Kennedy & Company
Obituary
Of Mice & Men
Phoxjaw
P.O.D.
Poppy
Powerwolf
Press Club
Rise Against
Sepultura
Skillet
Sleep Token
Spiritbox
Steel Panther
Stone Broken
Temples On Mars
Tempt
Theory
The Darkness
The Distillers
The Faim
The Hara
The Pretty Reckless
The Wildhearts
Those Damn Crows
Tiny Moving Parts
Twin Temple
Volbeat
Wage War
Wargasm
Wayward Sons
Will Haven

Instead of staging this year’s event, a virtual Download Festival was screened with hours of footage from previous events.

Download Festival organiser Andy Copping said of the announcement of the 2021 lineup: “2020 has been a tough year for us all, and we were beyond gutted not to be able to experience Download Festival with you all.

“We gave you Download TV to reflect on memories of the past, and what the festival means to all of us. Download 2021 is going to be something special and go down in the history books as when the Download family reunited. We’re going to be working hard behind the scenes to make Download 2021 an unforgettable experience and a celebration of the festival we all love.”

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