Jermaine Jackson Wants Last Name Changed to 'Jacksun'

Michael Jackson's older brother says switch would be for 'artistic reasons'

Jermaine Jackson of The Jacksons performs in Coney Island, New York. Credit: Jerritt Clark/Getty Images

Jermaine Jackson filed a name change petition in a Los Angeles court yesterday requesting to change his famous last name to something a bit brighter: Jermaine Jacksun.

The older brother of Michael Jackson said the shift was for "artistic reasons," according to the Associated Press. While the filing doesn't divulge more information, Jackson's friend Steve Dennis spoke on behalf of the singer, saying that artists changing their names is not uncommon, and "Phonetically, it changes nothing."

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

Jackson will find out if he can become Jacksun at a hearing scheduled for February 22nd in Los Angeles.