by Jeannie Law, The Christian Post
Grammy Award-winning country trio Lady A, formerly Lady Antebellum, said they’re suing Seattle blues singer Lady A after talks between them broke down and the solo artist demanded they pay her $10 million to rebrand her name.
The band announced last month that they would be changing their name to Lady A due to the word antebellum’s association with slavery in the south.
After their announcement, blues singer Anita White, who is black and has gone by the name of Lady A for over 20 years, publicly addressed the country band’s decision, raising concerns that it might have a negative impact on her own brand and name recognition.
On Wednesday, the band announced that they had filed a lawsuit against the solo singer after she demanded payment from the award-winning group. According to a copy of the lawsuit posted by Pitchfork, the trio is seeking to secure the rights to share the name Lady A, which they trademarked with the US Patent and Trademark Office back in 2011. They also noted that they, too, have been known as Lady A by their fans for many years.
The lawsuit does not seek monetary damages from White, nor does it prevent her from performing under the same name, Lady A. The suit argues that the band “started using ‘Lady A’ as a source indicator for their goods and services as early as 2006 and 2007, adopting as an official brand a name their fans began associating with the Musical Group as they rose to popularity.”
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