STING has denied rumours that he sued Juice WRLD over his “Lucid Dreams” hit while paying tribute to the late rapper.
The former Police frontman was speaking just days after the 21-year-old collapsed and died in Chicago of a suspected opioid overdose.
Sting has denied he sued late rapper Juice WRLD over the use of samples in hit song Lucid Dreams[/caption]
Juice WRLD, real name Jarad Higgins, died on Sunday of a suspected opioid overdose[/caption]
Juice WRLD, real name Jarad Higgins, began suffering seizures in the early hours of Sunday morning after landing at Midway International Airport, where federal agents had been waiting to search his plane after receiving a tip-off that there were guns on board.
Cops later found six bottles of prescription codeine cough syrup, 70lbs of marijuana, two 9mm pistols, a .40-calibre pistol, a high-capacity ammunition magazine, and a metal-piercing bullet on the plane.
And Higgins died after swallowing a number of pills to hide them from police, TMZ reports.
In 2018, the rapper’s song “Lucid Dreams”, which used recordings from Sting’s 1993 song “Shape of My Heart”, reached number two on the US Billboard Hot 100 and number ten in the UK singles chart.
Speaking to Billboard after Higgins’s death, Sting said: “‘Lucid Dreams’ was my favourite of all the many interpolations of ‘Shape of my Heart’.
“It will resonate for many years to come.
“My sincere condolences to the family.
“This is such a tragic loss for the world of music, a young life with so much potential and a unique and precious talent.”
A spokesperson added that claims Sting had taken legal action against Juice WRLD were “simply untrue”.
The rebuttal came in response to a tweet in November 2018 from Nick Mira, who acted as producer for “Lucid Dreams”.
It read: “F*** @OfficialsSting and his WHOLE team.
“After taking 85% of Lucid Dreams (for interpolating Shape of My Heart, NOT EVEN sampling) he threatened to take us to court for trying to get any %.
“Sting ALSO flexed stealing out money and said it put his grandkids through college.”
The previous month, Sting had told Billboard that “Lucid Dreams” was a “beautiful interpretation that is faithful to the original song’s form”.
He added that it would “put my grandkids through college”, an apparent reference to the royalties he will receive from the use of snippets from Shape of My Heart on the track.
In the weeks before Juice WRLD’s death, “Lucid Dreams” was the subject of a viral online challenge that chillingly seemed to predict the circumstances of his tragic end.
The challenge saw fans dancing to the song before jerking and spitting out liquid at a part where it skips in an apparent mock seizure.
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The song had also been the subject of a lawsuit brought by pop punk band Yellowcard, who claimed it used the melody from their song “Holly Wood Died”.
Juice WRLD first rose to prominence with the 2018 release of his debut album, Goodbye & Good Riddance.
His net worth was estimated to be £3million at the time of his death.
Juice WRLD first rose to prominence with the 2018 release of his debut album, Goodbye & Good Riddance[/caption]
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