The Dixie Chicks change their name to The Chicks

  • Video report by ITV News Arts Editor Nina Nannar

For two decades, the best-selling female band in the history of the American record industry have been known as The Dixie Chicks.

Now the band is also reacting to changing times by changing what they call themselves.

As the nickname for America's southern states, they think the "Dixie" part may have too many associations with slavery.

The famous US country group – currently Natalie Maines, Emily Strayer and Martie Maguire – revealed the rebrand as they released their new song March March.

The word Dixie often refers to the southern states of the US that seceded around 1860 to form the new Confederate States of America.

A statement from the band 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!"

The music video for March March appears to feature footage from Black Lives Matter and LGBT protests, images of Greta Thunberg and Malala Yousafzai, and lyrics addressing power, silence and voting.

So from now on, its the just "The Chicks".