Lady A, the Country/Pop Group Previously Known as Lady Antebellum, is Suing Blues Singer Lady A Over Ownership of the Name ‘Lady A’

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On June 11, successful country/pop group Lady Antebellum announced it would henceforth be known as Lady A, dropping most of the second part of its name regarding the ties of the word ‘Antebellum’ to the Civil War era — and, most significantly, slavery, a decision that came about amidst the ongoing Black Lives Matter movement and civil unrest in the United States stemming from the May 25 killing of George Floyd at the hands of the Minneapolis Police Department.

This caused friction with Seattle-based blues singer Anita White, who performs under the name Lady A and  has been using the name for decades — and despite efforts from both parties to come to an agreement on what to do with the fact that both are now operating under the same name, the country group is now suing Lady A over its trademark.

According to Pitchfork, the group filed a lawsuit asking a Nashville court to grant it ownership over the trademark:

“Today we are sad to share that our sincere hope to join together with Anita White in unity and common purpose has ended,” the group said in a statement. “She and her team have demanded a $10 million payment, so reluctantly we have come to the conclusion that we need to ask a court to affirm our right to continue to use the name Lady A, a trademark we have held for many years.”

This situation has grown increasingly complicated since the country group announced it was changing its name. On June 16, the band’s publicist stated that “they have agreed that both should continue to move forward as Lady A,” though White revealed that such official notice of an agreement was premature — and, as we see now, inaccurate:

“I received a draft agreement from the Antebellum camp,” White told Newsday. “I’m not happy about [it] yet again after talking in good faith. … Their camp is trying to erase me and I’ll have more to say tomorrow. Trust is important and I no longer trust them.”

Read the country group’s full statement over at Pitchfork by clicking here. 


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