US country music trio, Dixie Chicks have changed their name to The Chicks, due to racist connotations with the word “dixie”. The name change follows an article which called on the trio to change it due to the connotations.
“Regardless of its origin, for many Black people, it conjures a time and a place of bondage,” says Variety’s Jeremy Helligar.
“If a “Dixie”-loving Southerner today insist the word merely represents a deep appreciation of their homeland, they’re probably white.”
The trio then changed their name to The Chicks, promptly updating it on all online platforms.
In a statement, The Chicks said, “A sincere and heartfelt thank you goes out to ‘The Chicks’ of NZ 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!”
As well as the name change, today they’ve released a new single ‘March March’. It’s a song that pays tribute to the power of protesting while the clip shows powerful footage of different rallies over the years. You can catch it down below.
The Chick’s new album Gaslighter is due out Friday, 17th July. So far, we’ve heard the title track and ‘Julianna Calm Down’.