Jackson brother changes his name to Jermaine Jacksun

Jermaine Jackson unofficially adopted the name Mohammad Abdul Aziz after converting to Islam in 1989. Credit: Charriau Jeremy/ABACA

Michael Jackson's pop star brother Jermaine Jackson no longer shares the family title after he changed his name to Jermaine Jacksun for "artistic reasons".

The Jackson 5 member was not in court in Los Angeles to see his petition become official on Wednesday as he is touring in Europe with his surviving brothers Jackie, Marlon and Tito.

"If Prince and P Diddy can do it, why can't and shouldn't Jermaine?" Jacksun's attorney, Bret D. Lewis, said when the petition originally was filed in November.