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News18 » Music
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Y.M.C.A is just Y now, song remains same

US nonprofit group changes its name but famous song is not dropping lyrics.

News18test sharma |

Updated:July 13, 2010, 2:01 PM IST
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Y.M.C.A is just Y now, song remains same
US nonprofit group changes its name but famous song is not dropping lyrics.

Chicago: The Village People won't be changing their hit song "Y.M.C.A." just because the YMCA is now known officially as just "the Y."

The lead singer of the original group, Victor Willis, released a statement Monday after the Chicago-based US nonprofit announce that it's changing both its logo and name to "the Y."

Willis says the change won't affect the song -- or the dance that goes along with it, in which participants use their arms to make the shape of each letter.

The name switch for the Y comes after more than two years of research indicated many people don't understand what the group does. The group's mission is to strengthen communities by focusing on youth development, healthy living and social responsibility.

The new name applies to the group nationally, but individual locations will still be referred to as YMCAs. The transition is already under way and should be completed within five years at locations in more than 10,000 communities across the country.

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