It seems like Scarlett Johansson and Este Haim-founded group The Singles are starting their collaboration with a scandal. Established Los Angeles-based band with the same name have hired legal counsel following the release of a single, “Candy,” by the Hollywood star music brainchild.
The Singles’ (original ones’) lead/frontman Vincent Frederick was surprised to hear about the release of “Candy” by Johansson and the other members of the girl group using the name “The Singles.”
“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,” said Frederick. “The Singles has been my life for the past 16 years. We have worked so incredibly hard to make it a success.”
The Singles, Los Angeles long-existing pop-rock outfit have been continuously making music, recording, touring, and using the band name “The Singles” since 1999. With an extensive discography that spans nearly two decades, The Singles have produced a full repertoire of LPs, EPs, singles and tracks over the years, and have toured across the nation and internationally, playing approximately 100 shows in 2014 alone. The Singles’ videos on YouTube have been viewed more than 75,000 times.
As reported, since “Candy” debut on February 20, 2015, fans online and across social media have expressed surprise and confusion over the release of the song and why Scarlett Johansson, Holly Miranda, Kendra Morris, Julia Haltigan, and Este Haim released the single using the band’s name, instead of picking a new band name not already in use.
“I don’t understand it,” said Frederick. “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.”
Now the band’s lawyer has issued a cease-and-desist demand to the representatives of Johansson and the new-formed band, alleging trademark infringement and a variety of other legal claims, and that The Singles will consider legal action if a resolution is not reached. Reaction of the all-girl band is yet unknown.