Lady Antebellum and other bands that changed their name

The name Lady A is being disputed

Stars Insider

09/07/20 | StarsInsider

MUSIC Curiosities

They came to fame as Lady Antebellum, but now they'd like you to address them as Lady A. The wildly popular and Grammy Award-winning country music band, who have used the name Lady Antebellum since 2006, decided to make the change given the word antebellum’s association with slavery.

But the band's new name isn't a winner either, seeing as how a Black blues singer from Seattle (real name Anita White) has been using the artistic name Lady A for decades. After her initial outrage, White and the band began working together to co-exist with the same name, but "those discussions deteriorated and White and her attorneys asked for a $10 million payment, according to a statement sent to USA TODAY by the band's publicist." Now the band have filed a trademark lawsuit against White.

"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," said the statement.

The group is not asking for monetary damages and claims that "we never even entertained the idea that she shouldn’t also be able to use the name Lady A, and never will."

However this ends, the truth is fans will never forget the Lady Antebellum name. Other famous bands, on the other hand, had their starts with much lesser known names. For one reason or another, these groups have changed their names to the ones we currently know them as. Some of these names are hilarious, others are pretty boring, and some others are just plain wrong.

Browse through this gallery to find out who the Screaming Abdabs are, among many others!


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