Copyrighted Lanarkshire songwriters with The Weeknd release first single

A pair of Lanarkshire songwriters who are battling a copyright dispute with The Weeknd say it’s time they bounced back with the launch of their new single.

Brian Clover and Billy Smith, now known as Chains of Gold, have told how the infringement case robbed them of four years of their lives.

The duo, who produce their music at Billy’s home studio in Hamilton, only wanted their names added to the credits of the Grammy-winning star’s song A lonely night.



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They claim it was plagiarized from their track i need to lovewritten almost two decades ago.

Brian told Lanarkshire Live this week that his ‘fight for justice’ was such a horrifying experience that it drove him to depression and an attempt to take his own life.

But times are better for local songwriters, who will release two tracks on May 13.



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The pair are excited about what will happen when the singles beloved generation and VIP become available.

Brian said: “The music business literally robbed us of four years of our lives, I had the most horrific experience with low depression and a suicide attempt. It sounds grim, but it’s did that do to me.”

He added: “Myself and Billy have bounced back and decided to make the music we want to make and we’ve already had a lot of music in the industry that cares about what we do.”

Last year, we reported on how the Hamilton songwriters’ alleged copyright battle could cost them half a million dollars.

However, a US court later dismissed the case without a hearing, which the couple and fellow Hamilton songwriter Scott McCulloch appealed.

Still with no signs of hope on the dispute against what they called “the music mafia”, they all moved on to new projects but still plan to pursue the matter in the future.



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Brian explained: “The trial was particularly bad for my health, so it’s something positive and to have a chance to do what we do.

“The US case was dismissed and so was the appeal, so it was quite disheartening, but what gives us a boost now is that the music we make is getting great feedback from the industry. .

“It seemed very gloomy when it happened and I hit a very low point.

“We used savings, time and emotional energy, it was a real rollercoaster. But you can either feel sorry for yourself or move forward with something we’re really passionate about.”

Regarding the upcoming releases, Brian added, “It’s like a fresh start for us. It’s a whole new era in our lives. We’re putting our heads above the parapet and putting out different music.

“We’ve had a lot of positive feedback and some negative feedback, but it’s just great to be creative again because we stopped being creative, and we feel again that we can be creative again. .”

You can pre-record the new Chains of Gold singles here.

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