One Direction Settle Name Dispute: British Boy Band Gets to Keep Its Name

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The countdown to the release of One Direction's sophomore album Take Me Home has just begun, but now the boys have something else to celebrate. They have officially won the right to keep their name.

Back in April, another One Direction -- an American group fronted by Sean O'Leary -- filed a suit against the British boy band, Simon Cowell's record label Syco Entertainment, and Sony Music for $1 million. The band claimed that the British One Direction caused consumer confusion and harmed the U.S. group's reputation.

Now, the two One Directions have reached an agreement.

What does this mean for the American One Direction?

The California-based band will change its name to Uncharted Shores, and according to The Daily Mail, both parties are pleased with the resolution.

The alleged confusion even caused an increase in iTunes sales -- and YouTube views -- for the little-known American band and their single "2012."

Meanwhile, the British One Direction are gearing up for the release of Take Me Home, the anticipated follow-up to 2011's smash hit Up All Night. They will release their new single, “Live While We’re Young,” on Oct. 1. Columbia records describes the track as an “energy packed song, mixing rock undertones with smooth harmonies, about living for the moment.”

As for the video, the boys were snapped on the set of their wet and wild music video making a splash. The bizarre party setup included a pool, trampoline, tepee, hay barrels, an inflatable microphone, and a giant inflatable banana.

The boys — Louis TomlinsonZayn MalikHarry Styles, Liam Payne, and Niall Horan – also have a comic book in the works. Fame: One Direction will profile the journey of the bandmates thus far, starting with when Cowell first put them together on X Factor.

Take Me Home is slated to be released on Nov. 13, 2012. The new record is currently available for pre-order.

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  • Blaine Austin
    Blaine Austin

    First off, I'm gay. And I feel offended that SOME of you make it seem as if being gay is a bad thing. It really isn't. I like to think of myself as a 1Directioner. In fact, my two favorite are Niall and Zayn. (Their adorable lol) I like to believe that they aren't gay. But IF they were, why should it matter? It doesn't make them any different then anyone else. It's their business. Oh and they do have a bromance. A bromance is a close, intimate relationship between two or more men that isn't sexual. I just wanted to add my opinion on the matter.

  • wendz

    <3 1 direction

  • annaofficial2424
    annaofficial2424 babies! this was their last hug at the end of their Up All Night Tour, correct?

  • annaofficial2424

    lol this is photoshopped

  • Directioner Forever
    Directioner Forever

    They are not gay. Do any of you people know how it affects them seeing and hearing of people saying they are? They have actually changed a bit because of it, and that isn't fair on them. They shouldn't feel so much pressure that they change the way they act in public. No matter what, I will always love and support them, and I wouldn't go around saying things like that about them, I wouldn't talk about them like that, and say they are gay or stupid or whatever else people feel the need to get a high from calling them. Haters gonna hate, potatoes gonna potate, but their ain't no need to take it overboard like people do.

  • direction

    i dont believe it

  • KitKat13

    Please stop saying they are gay! All they do is mess around and joke around like they're doing in the picture. You know harry he's awesome, cute, talented, and hot he's just joking with Liam that's all. :)

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  • ZoeHasAnEgo

    why do people always assume they're gay? Is anyone aware of banter. I do this to my girl friends. It doesn't make me a lesbian.

  • ZoeHasAnEgo

    oh come one. this is just banter. Zayn wanted to get the fans hyped. Be honest, if you had the chance, you'd pull his shirt up.

  • ZoeHasAnEgo

    you can make a picture look like anything if you time it well..

  • Katie

    Well Dah. I'm sorry but the other 'One Direction' had no case whatsoever. A multi-million dollar, world famous band or a band who no one really knows and can change their name easily without it being a big deal? Come on.