Jermaine Jackson wants a name that revolves around him alone.
The former Jackson 5 member is petitioning to have his last name changed from Jackson to 'Jacksun.' The artist filed the request with the Los Angeles County Superior Court on Nov. 6, stating in the documents that he wishes to change his name for “artistic reasons,” TMZ reported.
No legal changes will be made until Jackson appears at a hearing, scheduled for Feb. 22. TMZ notes that he will have to make several public announcements, including having his new name printed in a local publication before the change is made official.
Jackson’s friend Steve Dennis spoke to the AP on his behalf and said that it is not uncommon for artists to change their names.
Notable artists who have gone through several interesting name changes include Sean Combs and Prince.
"Phonetically, it changes nothing," Dennis explained.
"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," he added, referencing the Jackson 5 song, “Blame it on the Boogie.”
The 57-year-old brother of the late Michael Jackson recently released a new jazz album called “I Wish You Love,” and he is performing with brothers Jackie, Marlon and Tito in the Jackson's European Unity Tour, the Daily Mail reported. Jackson has also been performing some of his solo music during the tour.
According to the Mail, there is no word as to weather Jackson’s name change will affect the name of the group.