Dixie Chicks change their name to The Chicks
Country stars Dixie Chicks have changed their name to The Chicks.
The group, who will release their new album Gaslighter next month, announced the decision yesterday (June 25th).
The reason behind the decision is that the word "Dixie" was often used as a nickname for the southern states that made up the Confederate States of America during the US Civil War era.
In a statement given to Pitchfork, the band also thanked a New Zealand group called The Chicks for allowing them to share the name.
They 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 honoured to co-exist together in the world with these exceptionally talented sisters. Chicks Rock!"
The band are the second country act to change their name in recent weeks after Lady Antebellum, best known for their hit 'Need You Now', announced that they were now to be known as Lady A.
Gaslighter, The Chicks first album of original material in 14 years, will be released on July 17th.
Produced by Jack Antonoff, the man at the controls for Taylor Swift’s Lover and Lana Del Rey’s Norman F***ing Rockwell, the album initially began life as a covers album, but has evolved in an album of new material.