After my initial surprise about the Scarlett Johansson/Este Haim/Holly Miranda supergroup the Singles wore off, one of my first thoughts was: There has to be some other band called the Singles out there somewhere. Turns out just such a band exists in ScarJo & Co’s backyard of Los Angeles, and they aren’t happy about sharing their band name with a bunch of celebrities. According to a press release, “A cease and desist demand has been issued by the Singles’ lawyer to the representatives for Johansson and the new all-girl group, alleging trademark infringement and a variety of other legal claims.” Founding member Vincent Frederick seems mystified as to how anyone else thought it was OK to use his utterly generic band name:
I don’t understand it. Our band, The Singles, has an account on nearly all social media sites and our music is available in record shops, on iTunes, SoundCloud, and other websites. Just a simple search on Google would have revealed that “The Singles” was already a band name being used by another pop/rock band — our band.
I woke up one morning and learned from the news that our band name was literally just taken by someone else as their own. It’s hard to believe that any musician would do something like that to another band. The Singles has been my life for the past 16 years. We have worked so incredibly hard to make it a success.
A picture of the real Singles is below in case you were wondering. They’re a garage rock act who’ve toured the country and shared stages with acts including Bass Drum Of Death and Brody Dalle, and from scanning their official website, it seems like they might be enough of an established name to have a point here.
[Scarlett Johansson photo by Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images.]