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Barlow originally posted a video in which she asked, ‘What if Bridgerton was a musical?’, singing a verse she had written based on a line spoken by one of the show’s characters. Following their online success, Barlow & Bear orchestrated and produced a concept album consisting of 15 songs, which reached No. 36 on the Top Album sales and went on to win the 2022 Grammy Award for Best Musical Theatre Album, the first Grammy awarded to a project that originated on TikTok. 

Netflix originally congratulated the pair on their success following their Grammy win. However, things quickly turned sour between the corporation and the TikTok stars after the streaming service caught wind of Barlow & Bear’s sold-out performances in Washington, and planned shows around the world, including concerts at the Royal Albert Hall in September. According to Deadline, the duo sold tickets for up to $149 each, as well as VIP packages. 

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The lawsuit alleges that ‘throughout the performance, Barlow & Bear misrepresented to the audience that they were using Netflix’s Bridgerton trademark “with Permission”’. Later on, it reads: ‘We’ve tried hard to work with Barlow & Bear, and they have refused to cooperate. The creators, cast, writers and crew have poured their hearts and souls into Bridgerton, and we’re taking action to protect their rights.’