It’s official – the Dixie Chicks are now The Chicks.
The Grammy-winning trio revealed its name change on Thursday (June 25) and also dropped a brand new song from the band’s forthcoming album, Gaslighter, which will be released on July 17.
The Chicks did not release a statement addressing the name change, however, all of the group’s social media accounts have been rebranded to reflect the change.
The move comes after Lady Antebellum revealed they would be moving forward under the name Lady A due to the term antebellum and its relation to the time period before the Civil War. After Lady A’s announcement, many fans were left wondering if the Dixie Chicks would follow suit due to the term dixie.
According to Dictionary.com, the word dixie is defined as “the southern states of the United States, especially those that were formerly part of the Confederacy” and is also referred to as “Dixieland or “Dixie Land.”
The trio’s official website has also been updated to reflect the change and can now be found at TheChicks.com.
“We want to meet this moment,” a message on the site reads, signed by members Martie Maguire, Natalie Maines and Emily Strayer.
The news came with a brand new song, “March March,” which was co-written by the trio alongside Dan Wilson, Jack Antonoff, Ross Golan and Ian Kirkpatrick. The track finds the band singing about difficult topics, like gun violence in schools and touches on abortion laws.
A video released to accompany the song features various protests over time and depicts people fighting for the rights of blacks, women and the LGBTQ community. The video also pays tribute to George Floyd, Breonna Taylor and countless others.
Click below to watch/listen.