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The Chicks Change Not Just Name But Management, as John Silva Steps In

Robin Harper

Changes are afoot within the Chicks’ camp, and that’s not simply whistling the absence of “Dixie.” On prime of a reputation change, the celebrity country-pop trio previously identified as the Dixie Chicks has additionally made a administration change, Variety has discovered. The group is now being represented by John Silva’s Silva Artist Management.

There, the Chicks be a part of a secure that features Foo Fighters, Beck, Nine Inch Nails, St. Vincent, Jenny Lewis and the Beastie Boys. Silva got here to renown within the early ’90s as a supervisor for Nirvana.

It was simply over two years in the past that the Chicks made their final administration change, signing with Monotone/LBI Entertainment, after assembly with a succession of high-level managers. The change was necessitated at the moment as a result of their long-time rep, Simon Renshaw, who had labored with the group since 1995, was retiring after 43 years within the music enterprise.

These are momentous occasions for the Chicks, who’ve their first album in 14 years, “Gaslighter,” popping out July 17.

The group made headlines Thursday by formally altering its identify, with little overt fanfare from their camp itself however a mountain of speedy consideration from the media and followers (and detractors, too) as soon as a press launch went out a couple of new single and video, “March March,” that included the abbreviated moniker. While no clarification was supplied, the group did put a signed quote on its web site — “We want to meet this moment” — that made it clear the change needed to do with objections raised within the present local weather about historic associations the time period “Dixie” has with the Confederate states in the course of the period of slavery. All beforehand launched art work and merch that had beforehand been unveiled for “Gaslighter” was instantly modified, together with the branding on their web sites and social media accounts.

Although the Dixie Chicks had not recorded a brand new album since sweeping the Grammys’ album, file and track of the 12 months classes with their 2016 assortment “Taking the Long Way,” they’ve come again collectively for a number of profitable excursions within the intervening years. Their final world tour of arenas and amphitheaters in 2016-17 resulted in a dwell album, DVD and theatrically launched live performance movie, all titled “DCX MMXVI Live.”

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