The YMCA announced Monday that it is rebranding itself as the Y, and the band that that became famous off the original four initials in not too happy about the change. Which is not to say you will be spared hearing the original track at this summer's weddings.
Village People's publicist released the following statement:
Village People, the disco icons whose hit YMCA has become a staple at nearly every ballgame, wedding and Bar Mitzvah, registered a comment from the road where they are still performing year-round after 33 years. "We are deeply dismayed by today's announcement from the YMCA that they feel a name change and a rebranding are in order after 166 years. Some things remain iconic and while we admire the organization for the work they do, we still can't help but wonder Y."
Village People will continue to perform all four letters in their concerts around the world, which this summer and fall include venues in California, Virginia, Massachusetts, Australia, Central America and more.
YMCA is, to date, their best selling single, amassing sales of over 15 million units worldwide (four million in the U.S. alone).