A classic “band leavers” case: three former members of the English pop-reggae-group UB40, including original singer Ali Campbell, are planning to make a new record together under the old band name. The rest of the group, including Ali’s brother Duncan Campbell, that still work under the name UB40, is furious.
Original singer Ali Campbell and keyboard player Mickey Virtue left UB40 in 2008 after disagreements over the management and operations. The group continued with Ali’s older brother Duncan as a lead vocalist, since his voice is very similar.
Last week it was announced that the ex-band members were starting a “new” UB40. The rest of the group, still working under that name, responded: “We are hurt by this desperate attempt by our former fellow band members to kidnap the brand, business and legacy of UB40. As UB40, we have worked continuously hard the last 35 years, and toured around the world to support our albums”.
As always, it’s not only about the name, but also about money. UB40 has sold almost 100 million albums over the years. Using that name is commercially very relevant.