It has been two long years for A Day To Remember, who until just this month, has been involved in a lawsuit against their record label, Victory Records, since early 2011.
Legal action from the band was initially reported in May 2011, but nothing was officially confirmed until the following December. A Day To Remember claimed that Victory Records owed them over $75,000 in royalties, but Victory responded with a counter-claim. The count-claim said that the basis of the lawsuit came from the bands’ readiness to move to a major label, without fulfilling the five-album contract they had signed with Victory.
Whilst the lawsuit continued to develop, A Day To Remember self-funded their fifth studio album Common Courtesy. As the lawsuit drew to a close, and the release of the album drew near, there were fears of a delay if the judge ruled in favor of Victory Records.
Almost two years since the lawsuit was filed, the judge ruled in favor of A Day To Remember. Vocalist Jeremy McKinnon made the announcement to the crowd at a show played in Sterling Heights, Michigan on October 4. The announcement meant that the band was legally allowed to release the album on the intended release date, October 8.
The album was successfully released digitally on October 8, with mass emails sending a copy of the album to everyone who pre-ordered. Within a short amount of time after release, “ADTR” was a worldwide trending topic on Twitter.
A Day To Remember are currently headlining the House Party Tour with Pierce The Veil, All Time Low and Wonder Years this month. The band is set to tour Europe early next year. All dates can be found on the band’s official website along with the purchase of Common Courtesy.