Lady A says she “won’t allow Lady Antebellum to obliterate me or my career”

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The Black blues singer Lady A has said she won’t
allow the country band of the same name –formerly known as
Lady
Antebellum
– to “obliterate me or my careerâ€.

The singer, whose real name is Anita White, has been performing
under the moniker for more than 30 years.
The band changed their name last month over their original name’s
associations with slavery
.


The band have since filed a lawsuit against White
after she
asked them to pay her $10million (£7.9m) in order to use the name.
They also revealed that they have had the name Lady A trademarked
for “many yearsâ€.

In a new statement given to
Pitchfork
, White said she would not allow the band “to
obliterate me and my career so they can look ‘woke’ to their
fans.â€

“I first heard about Lady Antebellum’s planned name change
after they went public on June 11, 2020, at which point I was
shocked and taken aback,†she said. “During initial calls with
the members of the band, I hoped that we could reach an agreement
that left both sides whole. Lady Antebellum understood that their
use of ‘Antebellum’ was offensive and that their adoption of
Lady A harms me, as I have been using the name professionally for
over 30 years.â€

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She continued to say that, despite this, the band were “not
receptive to my proposals for correcting their infringementâ€.
“My fans used to be able to listen to my music on streaming
services; now they struggle to find me,†she said. “Due to Lady
Antebellum’s massive rebranding efforts, Lady Antebellum has
erased me from every platform. Lady Antebellum has used their
wealth and influence to intimidate and bully me into submission
without offering any real recompense for appropriating my
name.â€

White went on to accuse the group of “attempting to change the
narrative by minimizing my voice and belittling my experience as an
artist†and said it was “absurd†that the way they had chosen
to show their support to racial equality was “by taking the name
of a Black womanâ€.

“The A in their name stands for Antebellum and always will,â€
she added. “If they are truly committed to racial equality, why
do they want to maintain that association, especially when it means
making a public, intentional stand to disregard me and my
rights?â€

White also confirmed that she had asked them for $10million –
$5million to compensate her and $5million to be donated to a
relevant charity.

“Their refusal to come to an agreement that would be
respectful of my work and my rights, however, has given me the
clarity and the drive to not back down,†she concluded. “Black
lives, names, experiences, work, art — they all matter.â€

The band have yet to respond to White’s latest comments.

In a previous interview, White
said she had suggested alternative names to the band, including
Lady A The Band
. In that instance, she would then change her
name to Lady A The Artist. The band declined the suggestion,
according to the singer.

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Lady A says she “won’t allow Lady Antebellum to obliterate me
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.

The Black blues singer Lady A has said she won’t
allow the country band of the same name –formerly known as
Lady
Antebellum – to “obliterate me or my careerâ€.
Read more: How
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The singer, whose real name is Anita White, has been performing
under the moniker for more than 30 years.
The band changed their name last month over their original name’s
associations with slavery.

The band have since filed a lawsuit against White after she
asked them to pay her $10million (£7.9m) in order to use the name.
They also revealed that they have had the name Lady A trademarked
for “many yearsâ€.
In a new statement given to
Pitchfork, White said she would not allow the band “to
obliterate me and my career so they can look ‘woke’ to their
fans.â€
“I first heard about Lady Antebellum’s planned name change
after they went public on June 11, 2020, at which point I was
shocked and taken aback,†she said. “During initial calls with
the members of the band, I hoped that we could reach an agreement
that left both sides whole. Lady Antebellum understood that their
use of ‘Antebellum’ was offensive and that their adoption of
Lady A harms me, as I have been using the name professionally for
over 30 years.â€
Lady Antebellum CREDIT:
Taylor Hill/Getty Images
She continued to say that, despite this, the band were “not
receptive to my proposals for correcting their infringementâ€.
“My fans used to be able to listen to my music on streaming
services; now they struggle to find me,†she said. “Due to Lady
Antebellum’s massive rebranding efforts, Lady Antebellum has
erased me from every platform. Lady Antebellum has used their
wealth and influence to intimidate and bully me into submission
without offering any real recompense for appropriating my
name.â€
White went on to accuse the group of “attempting to change the
narrative by minimizing my voice and belittling my experience as an
artist†and said it was “absurd†that the way they had chosen
to show their support to racial equality was “by taking the name
of a Black womanâ€.
“The A in their name stands for Antebellum and always will,â€
she added. “If they are truly committed to racial equality, why
do they want to maintain that association, especially when it means
making a public, intentional stand to disregard me and my
rights?â€
White also confirmed that she had asked them for $10million –
$5million to compensate her and $5million to be donated to a
relevant charity.

“Their refusal to come to an agreement that would be
respectful of my work and my rights, however, has given me the
clarity and the drive to not back down,†she concluded. “Black
lives, names, experiences, work, art — they all matter.â€
The band have yet to respond to White’s latest comments.
In a previous interview, White
said she had suggested alternative names to the band, including
Lady A The Band. In that instance, she would then change her
name to Lady A The Artist. The band declined the suggestion,
according to the singer.
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Lady A says she “won’t allow Lady Antebellum to obliterate me
or my career†appeared first on NME Music News, Reviews, Videos, Galleries,
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