Elon Musk’s recent Twitter rebrand has been brought to a halt in Japan, following clashes with the trademarked name of hit rock band, X Japan.
This month social media users were left surprised after Twitter owner Elon Musk rolled out a surprise rebrand for the platform – renaming it as X and scrapping the original bird logo. Now, the site is simply going by X in the United States, and each location that has a dedicated Twitter page has been updated to ‘X’, followed by the name of the country.
However, this is proving to be an issue in Japan, as the brand name has already been trademarked by hit J-rock band, X Japan.
Formed by members Toshi and Yoshiki in 1982, the four-piece have recorded together on and off for decades, and remain one of the highest-selling bands in the country. Now, the band have kept Twitter (X) from infringing on their name, and also released their first new single in eight years.
The track – titled ‘Angel’ – is their first new song since 2015’s ‘Born To Be Free’, and was written by the band’s leader, composer, drummer and pianist Yoshiki. Featuring vocals sung in English, it contains emotive lyrics including “Where do we go, I asked myself, I asked my shadow/…