By AUBREE STAMPER, Photo Editor
After an exhausting five-year legal battle, A Day to Remember (ADTR) has finally won their lawsuit against their record label Victory Records and was awarded a $4 million settlement.
ADTR is a five-member “pop-mosh” rock band hailing from Ocala, Florida. The band consists of Jeremy Mckinnon (vocals), Kevin Skaff (guitar), Neil Westfall (guitar), Joshua Woodard (bass), and Alex Shelnutt (drums).
In May of 2011, the band first took legal action for many different issues, including the claim that Victory owed them over $75,000 in royalties, while Victory claimed that the band refused to fulfill their five-album contract.
The band said that re-releases and live recordings counted toward the five albums they owed Victory, which would make for a total of five albums under the label, and wanted to be free of their contract.
After the band’s 4th studio album What Separates Me From You was released in 2010, it was a long wait for fans until ADTR could finally release their next album, which they revealed would be titled Common Courtesy, due to the ongoing lawsuit.
In December of 2012, the band released the first single off of Common Courtesy, titled “Violence.” A few months later they performed another song from the album “Right Back At It Again” while on tour, but it would still be several months before fans heard anything more about the upcoming album.
Then, on Oct. 4, 2013 while in Michigan performing at Freedom Hill, ADTR announced that they were approved by the judge to self-release Common Courtesy on Oct. 8 through ADTR records.
“This right here is living (expletive) proof, if you care about what you do with your life and you do it for the right (expletive) reasons, absolutely nothing can stop you from getting where you want to be,” Mckinnon said to the crowd at Freedom Hill.
Still, it was unknown whether ADTR would owe Victory more albums or if they would take the profits the band made from the album.
But on Nov. 23, it was announced that ADTR had won the suit and were awarded $4 million in unpaid royalties. The jury ruled that the band had fulfilled their five-album contract with Victory, and were even given the composition rights to their songs, while Victory was given the sound recording rights.
Prior to the ruling, ADTR self-released their 6th album Bad Vibrations on Sept. 2, 2016 while on tour with Blink-182 and it debuted at No. 1 on the Top Album Sales chart with 62,000 physical albums sold.