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British independent label Young Turks, which works with Arlo Parks, FKA Twigs and The xx, has changed its name to Young to remove any association with the similarly named group that carried out the Armenian Genocide beginning in 1915 .

The label’s founder Caius Pawson said Young Turks was originally named after the Rod Stewart song. “When I first heard the song, it took a week of 2005-era internet searches to find out what it was and even longer to understand its meaning,” he said. “The name intrigued me, evoking the solidarity of youth. In 2005, it seemed to perfectly sum up what we were—teenagers, wanting and waiting to do something, anything.”

Since then, Pawson said he’s become aware of the deeper history of the term relating to the genocide. “Through ongoing conversations and messages that have developed our own knowledge around the subject, it’s become apparent that the name is a source of hurt and confusion for people.

“We loved the name for what it meant to us, but in retrospect should have listened more carefully to other voices and acted more quickly. We have always tried to affect positive change and knowing what we do now, it's only right that we change our name.”

Other artists signed to Young include Sampha, Kamasi Washington, Jamie xx and Ethan P Flynn.