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Jermaine Jackson petitions to alter famous name

LOS ANGELES (AP) -- Jermaine Jackson wants to change his name to something a little brighter. He's asking a court to allow him to alter his famous surname and become Jermaine Jacksun.

The older brother of Michael Jackson filed a name change petition on Tuesday in Los Angeles, stating the switch was for "artistic reasons."

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The filing doesn't elaborate, but Jackson's friend Steve Dennis, who was speaking on the singer's behalf, said it's not unheard of for artists to change their names. "Phonetically, it changes nothing," he said.

"It is something he has chosen to do, and it's fair to say that you cannot blame this one on the boogie, you've got to blame it on the sunshine," Dennis said, in a play on the Jackson 5 disco hit "Blame It on the Boogie."

Jackson has been touring with his brothers in recent months and has been promoting his book about his superstar brother titled "You Are Not Alone."

A hearing on whether Jackson will become Jacksun is scheduled for Feb. 22 in Los Angeles.

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Nov 8, 2012 8:13PM
That's it? He should go for broke, something like LaJermaine Jaxeson.
Nov 8, 2012 2:57PM
Ha... what a waste of the courts time.. All to change one letter... really this is soooo news worthy!!! Oh wait, this is the music or "entertainment" section... So, I suppose that I'm entertained now...  
Nov 8, 2012 2:55PM
Anything to stay in the spotlight, no matter how dim it has become.
Nov 8, 2012 2:09PM
I am glad this got front page news. with all the wars, economic problems,  nationwide division and destruction to the northeast. I'm glad they took the time to report someone we haven't heard of in decades wants to change a letter in his name......great job of journalism. Thanks....
Nov 8, 2012 1:17PM
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