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'Dixie Chicks' Officially Change The Band's Name To 'The Chicks'

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By Mike Walters

The 'Dixie Chicks' have officially changed the name of their band to 'The Chicks' after mounting pressure to drop the word 'Dixie' due to its connection to racism in the old south.

The iconic country group including Natalie Maines, Emily Strayer, and Martie Maguire -- are now simply calling themselves 'The Chicks.'

The announcement coincided with the band's website also being changed to 'TheChicks.com.' On the website, the band offered this as their statement to the change, "We want to meet this moment."

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'The Chicks' Thank New Zealand Band For Letting Them Share Name

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In a press release, the band also thanked a New Zealand band for allowing them to now share the name.

"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. We are honored to co-exist together in the world with these exceptionally talented sisters. Chicks Rock!” the statement read.

The change came on the heels of several other high profile bands changing their names due to their connection with the racial history of the South.

As we reported, Lady Antebellum changed its name to 'Lady A' earlier this month and apologized for not acknowledging the original names link to slavery.

Band Drops New Protest Anthem After Dropping 'Dixie' From Name

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'The Chicks' also dropped a new protest anthem called, "March March," which encourages people to get out and use their voices to vote.

The lyrics address everything from Greta Thunberg and the youth climate protests to gun violence and police brutality.

In the song's new video, near the end of the song during a fiddle solo, the names of black Americans killed by police flash onto the screen. In the end, a message from 'The Chicks' appears, saying, “Use your voice. Use your vote.”

The song will be included on the band's first album in 14 years, 'Gaslighter' and will be released on July 17th.

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