Sep 16, 2020
Blues singer Lady A countersues country band Lady A, formerly known as Lady Antebellum
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Blues singer Lady A, whose real name is Anita White, has countersued the country band with the same name, which was formerly known as Lady Antebellum. White filed her suit Tuesday in the U.S. District Court's Western District of Washington against Lady A Entertainment LLC and the band's members.
According to the lawsuit, "Ms.White has accrued common law rights in the LADY A trademark in connection with music and entertainment services as a result of her long, continuous, and prominent use of the LADY A mark since at least the early 1990s." The suit further claims her trademark rights "predate any rights that Lady Antebellum allegedly possesses."
Band members Hillary Scott, Charles Kelley, and David Haywood claim they've been using the Lady A name since 2006-2007. The band initially sued White in July after she and her team "demanded a $10 million payment," according to a statement obtained by CBS News.Get Breaking News Delivered to Your Inbox
The trio changed their band name to Lady A to remove any connotation to slavery following the fatal police shooting of George Floyd. White's lawsuit notes the timing of the name change and claims "[Lady Antebellum] never performed as LADY A prior to June 11, 2020" when the name change was made official.
The band claims, however, that "Lady A" became an official trademark for the band in 2011 after no one filed in opposition to the name. CBS News has reached out to publicists for both White and the country group.
In a recent Facebook post, White wrote #thetruthisloud and shared a Rolling Stone article about the countersuit.Trending News
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White is seeking "compensatory damages" and "a reasonable royalty fee for any sales of music or musical performances" and legal fees among other requests, according to her lawsuit.
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What is the Paul McCartney ‘Paul is dead’ conspiracy theory that’s trending?
A BASELESS rumor that Beatles legend Paul McCartney is dead began in the late '60s and is still circulating today.
Conspirators believe that McCartney was tragically decapitated in a car crash.6Conspirators believe Paul McCartney died in the late 1960sCredit: Getty - Contributor
Those who have bought into the rumor have looked for clues to support the claim for over fifty years.Who is Paul McCartney?
Paul McCartney is a world-famous musician who was one-fourth of The Beatles, an English rock band that took over the globe in the 1960s.
The group was compromised of McCartney, John Lennon, Ringo Starr, and George Harrison.6Paul McCartney joined The Beatles in 1961Credit: Getty - Contributor
The band, active from 1960-1970 before they split, released 13 studio albums and are heralded as the best-selling music act of all time.What is the ‘Paul is dead’ conspiracy theory?
The rumor originated in 1967 when The Beatles Book, the band's official fan club magazine, noted there was terrible weather for the band's touring conditions and published: "Towards the end of the day, a rumor swept London that Paul McCartney had been killed in a car crash on the M1. But of course, there was absolutely no truth in it at all."6The Beatles sold over 600 million records during their active years togetherCredit: Getty Images - Getty
Years later, a DJ from Detroit named Russ Gibb resurfaced the hoax about McCartney's death.
He took a caller on his WKNR radio show, who instructed him to play the introduction from The Beatle's Revolution 9 record backwards.
When he did so, listeners heard "turn me on, dead man."
Similarly, at the end of Strawberry Fields Forever, John Lennon can be heard saying "I buried Paul."6People believe the group dropped clues that McCartney was dead in their songs and album artwork Credit: Michael Ochs Archives - Getty
After that October 12, 1969 radio show, the rumor that McCartney was dead, and had been since 1966, took flight.
A doppelganger named William Campbell allegedly underwent plastic surgery to play Paul on future Beatles records.What were the details of Paul's 'death'?
McCartney allegedly died in a car accident after leaving a Beatles recording session while the group was working on their album Smile.6A McCartney lookalike allegedly took his place in the lineup after he 'died'Credit: Getty - Contributor
He was said to have been decapitated in the crash.
The details of his death were said to be kept from the public, but Lennon allegedly released a series of clues on The Beatles' songs and album covers.What did Paul say about the conspiracy? 6McCartney said the baseless rumors made him 'paranoid' about himselfCredit: Getty - Contributor
In an interview that featured on the rock star's official website, McCartney said: "I know all the rumors… because I was being asked about them!"Most read in US NewsRAPE HORRORTwo men arrested for ‘raping girl, 9, & gran, 73, in horrific sex attacks’PEEPING TOM PUMMELEDSex offender tackled by dads after 'looking under girls' toilet stall'TERRIFYING ATTACKSick moment man 'kicks & punches female metro rider more than 20 times'COVID CATASTROPHEUS covid deaths hit 200,000 as docs raise fears about ‘apocalyptic fall’RED LETTER DAYSPrince Andrew is ‘obsessed with redheads & Epstein combed streets for them’PRIMED AND READYAmazon Prime Day 2020 revealed after coronavirus delayed July date
"There would literally be someone ringing up to ask, ‘Are you dead?’ I said, ‘Well, no. I’m answering this phone call!’ And the reply would be, ‘Well, I can’t be sure it’s you’. So, then you actually do get a bit paranoid about yourself."
As for his explanation for the whole conspiracy theory, he went on to say that "people may have taken too many drugs and started looking for answers in all the wrong places!"