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Capital FM and Heart radio stations continue One Direction blacklisting

It comes after the band accidentally thanked Radio One instead of Capital FM at the Brit Awards

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Radio stations Capital FM and Heart are both continuing to blacklist music by One Direction, after the boy band thanked rival station Radio One at the Brit Awards when picking up a gong that was voted for by Capital FM listeners.

The stations, which are both owned by Global Radio, have not played music by the band since the awards in February, when it was found that Global's president Ashley Tabor had placed a ban on playlisting music by One Direction. The awards saw the band win the Best Single gong for 'What Makes You Beautiful'.

Though the band issued a statement, apologising for forgetting to thank Capital FM and their listeners, Music Week reports that the stations are still refusing to play the band's music, using figures from Compare My Radio, which state that between February 22 and April 18, they haven't played any tracks by the popular band.

Earlier this month, it was reported that One Direction are in a spot of legal bother after a US band filed a lawsuit, saying that they owned the name 'One Direction' first. The UK band could now be forced to pay out over £600,000 in damages to the US boyband, who also have five members.

The other One Direction formed in 2009 and claim that they registered the name with US Patent and Trademark Office before The X Factor runners up even met. Writing on their blog, the US One Direction attempted to soften the blow of the lawsuit by stating that they liked the British version of the band, but were going to sue them anyway.

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