The Dixie Chicks have changed their band name to “The Chicks.”
Fans were shocked when the country trio changed all of their social media usernames on Thursday (June 25) to “The Chicks.”
Natalie Maines, Martie Erwin Maguire, and Emily Strayer posted a statement to their website concerning the name change. “We want to meet this moment,” they wrote.
“A sincere and heartfelt thank you goes out to ‘The Chicks’ of [New Zealand] for their gracious gesture in allowing us to share their name,” the women said in a statement to Rolling Stone. “We are honored to co-exist together in the world with these exceptionally talented sisters. Chicks Rock!”
In addition to the big announcement, the band also released a music video for their new song, “March.” The video shows clips of Black Lives Matter protests. Lyrically, the protest song covers a variety of subject matter surrounding current events.
“If your voice held no power, they wouldn’t try to silence you,” the group wrote alongside the new video.
“March” will be on The Chicks’ upcoming record, Gaslighter, which is available on July 17.
Last year, the women announced their return to music and began to work on their fifth studio album. The new record will be the group’s first music in over thirteen years. The album will follow up their 2006 record Taking The Long Way, which earned them the Grammy Awards for Album, Record, and Song of the Year in 2007.
Lady Antebellum Name Change
The Chicks aren’t the only group that has changed their band name due to recent events. In addition, Lady Antebellum changed their band name to Lady A on June 11. The trio comparatively made the decision to change the band name because of the term, “antebellum,” which has ties to slavery. Hillary Scott, Charles Kelley, and Dave Haywood originally named the band after an antebellum-style home but realized the association it has with injustice.
Additionally, Lady A is facing legal repercussions for their band name. Similarly, a blues singer, Anita White, has used the moniker Lady A for over twenty years. On June 15, the band posted an Instagram photo of a video call with White. Although there were discussions among the artists, there has not been an announcement made concerning the band name.