Scarlett Johansson can expect her name to boost sales, but her new band's decision to call itself the seemingly innocuous The Singles has triggered a firestorm.
A Los Angeles rock duo already called The Singles said Wednesday it had sent a cease-and-desist order to the Hollywood star's new musical outfit for infringing on its name.
The Singles' singer and guitarist, Vincent Frederick, said that Johansson's band could have discovered that the name was taken by doing a simple online search.
"I woke up one morning and learned from the news that our band name was literally just taken by someone else as their own," Frederick said in a statement.
"It's hard to believe that any musician would do something like that to another band. The Singles has been my life for the past 16 years. We have worked so incredibly hard to make it a success," he said.
The Singles -- the one with Frederick and drummer Nicky Veltman -- has enjoyed coverage on indie music blogs and has a modest count of some 2,000 likes on Facebook.
Johansson last week announced the formation of an all-women band called The Singles that includes singer-songwriter Holly Miranda and, as a studio player, drummer Este Haim of the rising new band Haim.
Johansson's version of The Singles released a first track called Candy, which true to its name has a bubble-gum dance feel.