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The Chicks, after dropping 'Dixie,' reveal what they almost changed their name to

The band formerly known as The Dixie Chicks is revealing how they came to pick their new name. The three women who make up the newly dubbed band The Chicks--Natalie Maines, Emily Strayer and Martie Maguire--appeared on The Late Show With Stephen Colbert on Thursday and discussed their decision to drop "Dixie" from their name. "So, in the moment now, we just felt that it was right, and we didn't even have to have much discussion about it," she continued. Though they agreed on the name change, the name itself wasn't always a sure thing. "We had to make sure we had our ducks in a row legally.

We thought The Chicks would be the easiest thing, but we did have to entertain a few other names," Strayer said. The Chicks announced their name change last month, a move that seemed to be in response to the Black Lives Matter movement, as "Dixie" is a nickname for the Confederate States of America amid the Civil War. "We want to meet this moment," the trio said at the time. Their latest album, Gaslighter, is out now. GET THE ET NEWSLETTER Email By signing up, you agree to our Terms of Use and Privacy Policy RELATED CONTENT: Beyonce Slays Surprise Performance of 'Daddy Lessons' With the Dixie Chicks This video is unavailable because we were unable to load a message from our sponsors.

If you are using ad-blocking software, please disable it and reload the page. Embed Code Restart New Music Friday: The Hottest Songs and Albums of the Week Dixie Chicks Change Name to The Chicks in Order to 'Meet This Moment' Dixie Chicks Drop 'Gaslighter' Music Video and Announce First New Album in Over a Decade Related Gallery The Chicks are opening up about their decision to drop "Dixie" from their band's name and revealed what they nearly changed their name to. In a move that came amid the rising Black Lives Matter movement, the country-pop band formerly known as The Dixie Chicks – which consists of Natalie Maines, Emily Strayer and Martie Maguire – appeared on "The Late Show with Stephen Colbert" on Thursday and spoke about the process coining their new moniker. "It's because of everything that's going on in the world. It was about time; we've wanted to change it for a long time, actually," said Maines.

"We started using 'DCX' a lot and 'The Chicks' a lot whenever we could – we hoped it would catch on, but it didn't." DIXIE CHICKS' NATALIE MAINES GOES OFF ON TRUMP IN TWITTER RANT "So, in the moment now, we just felt that it was right, and we didn't even have to have much discussion about it," Maines added. "We just all wanted to do it right away, and so we did." Strayer chimed in and told the late-night host that even though the ladies had agreed that a name change was necessary, their options were up in the air. THE CHICKS SAY THEY WERE TREATED 'VERY WEIRD' BEFORE THEIR 2016 PERFORMANCE WITH BEYONCÉ AT THE CMA AWARDS "We had to make sure we had our ducks in a row legally," Strayer explained. "We thought The Chicks would be the easiest thing, but we did have to entertain a few other names. One of the ones that came up was our initials, but spelled out as M.E.N., so we'd go from chicks to men." Added Maguire: "We had some names in the past that we would kind of call ourselves as our alter egos, we could've pulled those from the past. One was Puss in Boots, but there's already a band called that." The Chicks announced last month that they would refer to themselves as such moving forward and changed their band name to reflect across their social media channels as well. THE CHICKS EXPLAIN THEIR DECISION TO REMOVE 'DIXIE' FROM THEIR OLD 'STUPID' BAND NAME Their official Twitter handle was changed from @dixiechicks to @thechicks. A statement on The Chicks' website said, "We want to meet this moment." The term Dixie refers to Southern U.S. states, especially those that belonged to the Confederacy. CLICK HERE TO GET THE FOX NEWS APP The Chicks also dropped a new song "March March" from their comeback album "Gaslighter" that features videos and images from the recent Black Lives Matter rallies. Pay based on use Get Started Purchase a Team or Enterprise subscription for per week You will be billed per month after the trial ends By choosing "I agree" below, you agree that NPR's sites use cookies, similar tracking and storage technologies, and information about the device you use to access our sites to enhance your viewing, listening and user experience, personalize content, personalize messages from NPR's sponsors, provide social media features, and analyze NPR's traffic. This information is shared with social media services, sponsorship, analytics and other third-party service providers. See details. Agree and Continue Revoke Agreement Decline and Visit Plain Text Site The Chicks were joined by songwriter Justin Tranter for "Happy Hour With The Chicks" to celebrate their new album Gaslighter. Tranter shared that he has been working with new artist Edie, who the ladies suggested that maybe could be an opening act once they go on tour. And speaking of tours, The Chicks' superfan Heath who shows up "front row and center in a speedo" to almost every concert appeared in the comment section of the chat where he asked what songs they want to play on the Gaslighter Tour. RELATED: The Chicks Call Out A Cheating Spouse In Powerful New Single 'Sleep At Night' Martie Maguire, Emily Robinson and Natalie Maines expressed they are looking at alternating the songs each night so they will get the chance to perform all of them. But they did say "Young Man", which is about Maines' two sons dealing with the divorce from ex-husband Adrian Pasdar, is particularly powerful. Elsewhere in the conversation, Maines' said she was asked multiple times to be on "Celebrity Apprentice". "You think I'm gonna let Donald Trump tell me I'm fired?" she joked. RELATED: The Chicks Perform 'March March' On 'Colbert', Discuss Name Change: 'It Was About Time' Sisters Este, Danielle and Alana Haim of the band Haim also joined in the conversation to chat about releasing an album. "Cheers to your record and cheers to bada** women who play their music and are f**king awesome" Alana said in a toast to the girls.