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The Chicks Perform National Anthem at DNC 2020 - Here's Why It's So Significant

The Chicks, the country music group formerly known as the Dixie Chicks, performed the National Anthem during the final day of the 2020 Democratic National Convention and it was definitely a significant moment.

You might remember that the group caused a ton of controversy back in 2003 when lead singer Natalie Maines told the audience at their London concert that they were “ashamed” that then President George W. Bush was from Texas.

The moment happened just days before the invasion of Iraq, which the band said they did not support. As a result of the comment, the band was blacklisted by thousands of country music stations and they received death threats. Natalie apologized for the remark and said it was disrespectful, but she rescinded the apology three years later and said Bush didn’t deserve respect.

The Chicks made a comeback in 2006 with their song “Not Ready to Make Nice” and they won five Grammys the next year, including Album of the Year, Song of the Year, and Record of the Year.

It’s significant to see the group performing the National Anthem at the DNC as they also performed the song at the Super Bowl in 2003, weeks before the controversy that sidelined their career.

Natalie has been vocal with her criticism of Donald Trump and his administration’s response to the coronavirus pandemic. She said, “It is crazy that we have a leader that is — I mean, it’s murder… It’s second-degree murder.”

The Chicks dropped brand new music just last month!

The Chicks Drops New Album 'Gaslighter' - Stream & Download Now!

The Chicks (the group previously known as the Dixie Chicks) is back with brand new music and you can listen to their new album Gaslighter right here!

The country music trio – Natalie Maines, Emily Strayer, and Martie Maguire – teamed up with pop producer Jack Antonoff and songwriters like Justin Tranter, Julia Michaels, and Teddy Geiger for the new album.

The “title track is a trademark Chicks kiss-off that could as easily be addressing a jealous ex as the current US president.”

“We were always thinking and writing about that stuff,” Strayer told Apple Music about the parallels between the music and various political issues, “but the news kind of caught up to what we were already talking about—whether it was the #MeToo movement or what’s happening right now with Black Lives Matter. So it was coincidental in a way, but I think those things are cyclical. They might be the newest news stories, but they’ve always been here.”

You can download the album now on iTunes or stream it below thanks to Spotify.

Dixie Chicks Appear to Have Changed Their Name

It appears as if the Dixie Chicks have changed their name to “The Chicks.”

Their Twitter handle is now @thechicks, and their website has been redirected to thechicks.com. If you don’t know, the word “Dixie” is commonly used as a nickname for the Southern United States, mostly regarding those that composed the Confederate States of America.

In addition, the girl group released a new song today titled “March March” and features footage from protests over the years and lists the names of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, and others who have become faces of the movement.

The bands new album, Gaslighter, will be released on July 17, 2020. Pre-order the album on iTunes right now!

The Dixie Chicks are not the only band in recent memory to change their name. Find out which group just changed their name a few weeks ago.

Check out the brand new song embedded below…

Dixie Chicks Reveal Their Comeback Album is Delayed Amid Pandemic With a Funny Video Announcement - Watch!

The Dixie Chicks are having a good sense of humor about bearing bad news to their fans.

The “Gaslighter” group revealed that their forthcoming record, which was due out this year, will be pushed back indefinitely amid the global health crisis.

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“I just found out that the Dixie Chicks, your favorite band, their new album, they’re not releasing it,” a woman says at the start of the clip, which turns into a hilarious series of memes.

“We’re sorry, stay tuned, big surprises coming soon..May 1, 2020,” the video reads at the end, suggesting that new music is still on the way.

Many artists have been forced to postpone or cancel amid the pandemic.

Watch the announcement…

Dixie Chicks On Being The First Targets Of 'Cancel Culture': 'It Can Ruin People’s Lives'

Dixie Chicks make a special appearance on The Ellen DeGeneres Show, airing Monday (March 16), and open up about their comeback.

The ladies – Martie Maguire, Emily Robison and Natalie Maines – chat about their hiatus from music and what it was like to be among the first celebrities to feel the impact of “cancel culture.”

“I think we were one of the first people to feel that cancel culture,” Natalie tells Ellen. “What we said back then, or what I said back then, would not even be a thing today because it was really mild compared to what people say today.”

“But you know, on one hand everyone’s got this platform where they can say whatever they want to say,” Natalie continues. “But on the other hand this platform can move really quickly and ruin people’s lives.”

Later, the Dixie Chicks play “Who Would Natalie Rather?” to help their bandmate find a potential suitor, and hit the stage for a special performance of the title track off their first studio album in 14 years, “Gaslighter.”

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Dixie Chicks Return With 'Gaslighter,' First Song in 14 Years - Read the Lyrics & Watch the Video!

The Dixie Chicks are finally back!

The legendary country trio returned on Wednesday (March 4) with “Gaslighter,” their first taste of new music in 14 years since 2006′s Taking the Long Way.

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While the group toured several times since their last album, “Gaslighter” marks their first release in over a decade.

Gaslighter, denier / Doin’ anything to get your ass farther / Gaslighter, big timer / Repeating all of the mistakes of your father,” they sing on the track.

“It was the first song we wrote with Jack Antonoff. At the time we thought we thought we were gonna write with a bunch of different people and get different producers and we wrote with him and we’re like, ‘He needs to produce it and this needs to be the sound for this album.’ ‘Cause it was just, he blew us away, and it was such a fun song to start with,” Natalie Maines explained on Beats Radio 1.

Watch the “Gaslighter” video below.

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Dixie Chicks Confirm a New Album is Coming Soon

Amazing news for fans of the Dixie Chicks – they have new music coming soon!

The girl group is currently working with producer Jack Antonoff and they took to Instagram to tease fans about the new music.

Natalie Maines posted a video of her, Emily Robison, Martie Maguire, and Jack using the Snapchat baby filter to announced, “Dixie Chicks. Album. Coming. Someday.”

It has been 13 years since the Dixie Chicks released their previous album Taking the Long Way, which won Grammys for Album of the Year and Best Country Album.