The Dixie Chicks are now called The Chicks, according to their social media accounts and official press releases for their new video/song “March March.”
“We want to meet this moment,” the band explained on their website.
With the change, the trio now share the same name as New Zealand’s sister duo of Judy and Sue Donaldson, who were active in the ’60s. “A sincere and heartfelt thank you goes out to ‘The Chicks’ of NZ for their gracious gesture in allowing us to share their name,” Emily Robison, Natalie Maines, and Martie Maguire said in a statement shared with Billboard. “We are honored to co-exist together in the world with these exceptionally talented sisters. Chicks Rock!”
The country group’s Twitter handle is now @thechicks, and their cover photo featuring upcoming album Gaslighter has been changed accordingly.
The band’s name change comes amid the ongoing Black Lives Matter movement; Dixie is a nostalgic nickname for the South, and the band has faced pressure in recent days to drop the word.
Another country act, Lady Antebellum, also recently changed their name to Lady A, stating, “After much personal reflection, band discussion, prayer and many honest conversations with some of our closest Black friends and colleagues, we have decided to drop the word ‘Antebellum’ from our name and move forward as Lady A, the nickname our fans gave us almost from the start.”
Watch the video for “March March” below.