Singer says lawsuit over Lady A name is 'white privilege'
Singer Anita White, who was sued by a country group over the use of the name Lady A, says the group is using their white privilege against her. The band, who had previously been known as Lady Antebellum, filed a lawsuit in federal court on Wednesday seeking a ruling that their use of the trademark Lady A" does not infringe on White's use of the same name. White, who is Black, told Rolling Stone magazine in an article posted Friday that she felt like she was being erased. White said she had been performing as Lady A for more than 20 years. The lawsuit said that the country group filed for a trademark for the name Lady A back in 2010.
Country band Lady A files suit against singer with same name
NASHVILLE, Tenn. Country group Lady A, which dropped the word Antebellum, from their name because of the word's ties to slavery, has filed a lawsuit against a Black singer who has performed as Lady A for years. The Grammy-winning vocal group filed the lawsuit on Wednesday in federal court after negotiations with Anita White broke down in recent weeks. According to the lawsuit, the band is seeking a ruling that their use of the trademark Lady A does not infringe on White's alleged trademark rights of the same name. But White, who has been releasing blues and soul music for years as Lady A, complained publicly that the band never reached out to her before changing their name. We never even entertained the idea that she shouldnt also be able to use the name Lady A, and never will todays action doesnt change that.
Country group Lady Antebellum changes name to Lady A
NASHVILLE, Tenn. Grammy-winning country group Lady Antebellum is changing its name to Lady A, with members saying they are regretful and embarrassed for not taking into consideration the words associations with slavery. The band, made up of Hillary Scott, Charles Kelley and Dave Haywood, made the announcement Thursday on their social media. 1 country hit I Run To You," then it achieved crossover success on the pop charts with the nine-times platinum Need You Now." They have also won numerous Country Music Association and Academy of Country Music awards during their nearly 14 year career. Band members said that in recent weeks, their eyes have been opened to blindspots we didn't even know existed" and "the injustices, inequality and biases black women and men have always faced."