Country superstars The Dixie Chicks have changed their name.
The band has dropped “Dixie” and explains the name change to simply and “The Chicks.” A statement via Rolling Stone says:
“We want to meet this moment. 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!”
After fellow country group Lady Antebellum shortened their name to Lady A, some music critics suggested The Dixie Chicks should follow suit.
The Texas trio also dropped a protest anthem ahead of their first new album in fourteen years. The song, called “March, March” takes on hot political topics of the day like Black Lives Matter, gun control and reproductive rights.
Gaslighter, The Chick’s new album drops on July 17.
The name change is sure to spark controversy with the country music crowd who’ve never really forgiven the band for their 2003 comments against President George Bush.