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Yellowcard sues Juice WRLD for $15 million
US rock group Yellowcard have launched a suit against rapper Juice WRLD; suing him for a whopping $15 million on claims that he allegedly copied their 2006 song, ‘Holly Wood Died’.
The alleged plagiarism can apparently be heard on Juice WRLD’s hit ‘Lucid Dream’, with Yellowcard claiming that he copied melodic elements from their original. Yellowcard are no longer together but have said that the release of ‘Lucid Dreams’ has been at the root of Juice WRLD’s career success and as a result, they are entitled to claim damages and any future royalties from the track.
‘Lucid Dreams’ has already been under threat of legal action, with Sting threatening to sue Juice WRLD and his team over the sample of his 1983 hit ‘Shape of My Heart’… despite settling 85 per cent ownership of the track with Sting himself.
Lil Nas X’s ‘Old Town Road’ becomes fastest song to hit Diamond status
It is the song that just won’t stop. Lil Nas X’s ‘Old Town Road’ may have been knocked off many charts and record holding positions by Tones And I’s ‘Dance Monkey’ but he’s just clocked an achievement that no other artist has managed to sniff.
‘Old Town Road’ has become the fastest song to hit Diamond status, according to the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA). For context, to get Diamond status, an artist needs to have sold 10,000,000 units – so, it’s no small feat. Only 14 other rappers have been able to reach the milestone, including Outkast, Tupac and Eminem.
The only other rapper to have done it in 2019 was Drake, who received Diamond status for ‘God’s Plan’ back in September.
Fat Joe passed on Eminem’s demos six times
Fat Joe has been on a trip down memory lane recently, recalling his first time meeting Eminem in a radio interview. Then a young rapper fresh out of Detroit, Eminem was trying to get in the hip hop game and thought Fat Joe was one of the best to get to.
“Everywhere I went was this little white boy, and he kept giving me his demo,” Fat Joe told a Miami radio station over the weekend. “He was like, ‘Listen to my music, I’m telling you I’m nice, I’m nice’. I didn’t do it! Now, he’s the biggest guy in the universe.”
Since then, of course, Eminem has grown to be regarded as one of the best rappers in the game. Over 230 million records sold around the world, he’s one of the bestselling artists of all time.