Anita White, the blues singer known as Lady A, has responded to Lady A, (formerly Lady Amtebllum’s) lawsuit filing claim to the name Lady A.
White told Vulture magazine, “I think they always knew what they were gonna do,” she said over the phone, moments after news broke that the band is taking her to court.
On July 7, the band filed a lawsuit against White after “com[ing] 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.”
White said, “I was quiet for two weeks because I was trying to believe that it was going to be okay and that they would realize that it would be easier to just change their name, or pay me for my name. But here we go again with another white person trying to take something from a Black person, even though they say they’re trying to help.”
The trio Lady A officially changed their name from Lady Antebellum to the shorter nickname, dropping the slavery-tied “Antebellum” on June 11, amid national conversations about racism and inequality in the United States.
Lady A is a nickname fans have used for the band for years; the trio say they even trademarked Lady A, first for live and streaming music purposes, and then for musical recordings and clothing purposes.
They also said in the lawsuit that Lady A the blues singer asked for 10 million dollars from the trio to use the name.