Simon Cowell declares war as he defends his boys. Cowell's entertainment company Syco is taking legal action against a US group also called One Direction. Earlier this year, the US version 1D, who is a pop/punk band from California, sued One Direction UK claiming they were the first ones to use the band name.
Cowell's company has now countersued 1D US claiming the US group is riding on 1D UK's immense popularity, just wants to make money, and confuse the UK boy band's fans.
In their initial complaint, 1D US claims they have been selling their album on iTunes before 1D UK released their debut album "Up All Night".
One Direction UK, composed of Zayn Malik, Louis Tomlinson, Liam Payne, Harry Styles and Niall Horan, is the first UK group to enter the US Billboard 200 chart at number one with a debut album. The Beatles' first album only managed to reach number two.
See the full article from The Hollywood Reporter here
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