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April 11th, 2012
Under normal circumstances fans would be stoked on more One Direction, but unfortunately for Directioners there might be reason for crying and screaming and it’s not because of their boyish good looks. Apparently there is more than one boy band called One Direction and the original group with the name is now suing the UK boy band. Based out of California, the first One Direction has filed a lawsuit against Simon Cowell’s record label, Syco Entertainment, and Sony Music for $1 million dollars over the name and damages.
The deets on the American One Direction are as follows: they are a five-piece group from California, they’re fronted by singer and pianist Sean O’Leary, and they’re unsigned. They dropped an album in February 2011 called, The Light, and have a video for their single, 2012. The American One Direction’s lawyer Peter Ross explains the suit stating that Simon Cowell knew going in that there was a group already named One Direction and, “rather than change their name or do anything to create confusion or avoid damage to our goodwill, they chose to press ahead and come on their tour.” On the bright side, because of the devoted fan base the UK 1D has, the American One Direction has gotten more exposure on YouTube and iTunes from fans who unexpectedly get content from the US group.
We hope this situation gets resolved soon, especially since we’re close to getting our 1D tribute tattoos. This isn’t the first time that a band had to change their name due to conflict. Bush had to be called Bushx when they came to Canada, Pink Floyd used to be The Tea Party, and Dinosaur Jr. originally was Dinosaur.
Curious about the US One Direction? We’ve got the video for their track 2012 below.Tweet