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The Dixie Chicks Officially Drop 'Dixie' From Their Band Name!

Dixie Chicks change their name

The Dixie Chicks — ahem, The Chicks — are NOT afraid of changin’!

The country-pop trio have officially dropped the “Dixie” from their name this week following chatter about whether or not it was appropriate to keep the Civil War-era word as part of their moniker. While the band had always been unofficially called “the Chicks” by fans, the name change still came as a pleasant surprise to those who had been uneasy about the historic connotations of the name.

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The Taking the Long Way hitmakers didn’t make a big spectacle of their move, only alluding to the change in a one-sentence statement on their website that read:

“We want to meet this moment.” 

The band’s social accounts reflected the name change as of Thursday morning. Their team also mentioned the new name in a press release announcing their new single, March March

This Dixie drop comes a week after fellow country group Lady Antebellum shortened its name to Lady A for similar reasons — only to be confronted by a 61-year-old artist who had been using the stage name “Lady A” for 20 years.

The *other* Lady A told Rolling Stone:

“This is my life. Lady A is my brand, I’ve used it for over 20 years, and I’m proud of what I’ve done. This is too much right now. They’re using the name because of a Black Lives Matter incident that, for them, is just a moment in time. If it mattered, it would have mattered to them before… It shouldn’t have taken George Floyd to die for them to realize that their name had a slave reference to it. It’s an opportunity for them to pretend they’re not racist or pretend this means something to them. If it did, they would’ve done some research. And I’m not happy about that. You found me on Spotify easily — why couldn’t they?”

The group has since been in negotiations with the blues singer.

Interestingly enough, The Chicks ran into a similar problem when making their name change, but had apparently already sorted it out with the New Zealand band who also goes by “The Chicks” prior to making their announcement.

In another statement released by the group’s press rep, the Grammy winners shared:

“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! — Emily, Natalie and Martie”

What do U think of this move, Perezcious readers?

[Image via Daniel Tanner/WENN]

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Jun 25, 2020 13:20pm PDT

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