Gigwise has learnt that Kasabian were at loggerheads with their label over their new album title â€˜Empire.â€™
The Leicester band apparently wanted to call the album â€˜The British Empireâ€™, but were allegedly denied by their label Columbia because of the negative connotations of the name.
It transpires that Kasabian insisted that they wanted to keep it, but after some wrangling they were eventually happy with the shortened title.
An industry source tells us: â€œThe band wanted to call it (their second album) â€˜The British Empireâ€™, but Sony (Columbia) were having none of it.
â€œThey were worried about how â€˜The British Empireâ€™ might be perceived after some of the things that happened with colonialism.â€
Itâ€™s also believed that the original disagreement caused the album to be delayed slightly.
Kasabianâ€™s eagerly-anticipated second album â€˜Empireâ€™ is released through Columbia on August 28. Buy it.