Dixie Chicks We're 'The Chicks' ... 'Want to Meet This Moment'

The Dixie Chicks are dropping "Dixie" from their name and will now be just "The Chicks" ... and the change is 100% a response to the nationwide protests of systemic racism.

While the Texas-based band has yet to publicly announce the name change, the group's Twitter handle is now @thechicks and the band made the same change on their cover photo, which features album art for their upcoming project, "Gaslighter."

The band's official website is also now, TheChicks.com, and simply says, "We want to meet this moment."

The name change obviously comes in the middle of the Black Lives Matter movement, with other iconic brands and bands changing their names and dropping anything deemed racially insensitive.

If you aren't aware, Dixie is a nostalgic name for the old South ... and the band has been under mounting pressure recently to ditch the word.

As we reported ... another country act, Lady Antebellum, changed its name to Lady A earlier this month and apologized for turning a blind eye to the original name's link to slavery.

The Chicks also dropped a new song Thursday, "March March," encouraging folks to use their voice and vote. It's got imagery of protests against climate change and police brutality ... and for peace and civil rights.

Who Says Simon Cowell Stinks?

You've seen him on "American Idol," but it probably never crossed your mind that you wanted to smell like Simon Cowell. But now's your chance.

Cowell has announced that he's releasing a fragrance. He told British reporters, "There's this cologne I really like and it's not very well known, so I'm thinking of partnering up with them and giving it my name."

TMZ is betting that Cowell favors the fragrance by Brute.

Deal, No Deal

Brooke Hogan went into the LF store on Fifth Avenue with her dad, wrestling legend Hulk Hogan and a camera crew from Teen People in tow, Page Six reported today. She spent over an hour trying on clothes, eventually walking out with $900 worth a stuff. After the camera crew took off, one of her flunkies went back and returned a bunch of stuff, reportedly saying, "We didn't think you were going to charge us!"

The flunky told the paper, "When she got to her car she realized she'd overspent, but she did keep a bag and a necklace."

50 Cent Still In Da Club

50 Cent's not thief -- at least, that's what a Florida judged ruled yesterday in a copyright infringement suit over his 2003 hit, "In Da Club." The suit alleged that the opening phrase of the song, "Go shorty, it's your birthday," was similar to the song, "It's Your Birthday" by former 2 Live Crew frontman Luther Campbell. The 2 Live Crew version had the lyrics, "Go Sheila, it's your birthday." Close, but no cigar. The judge threw the case out, noting that the disputed phrase took up only 11 seconds of the entire three-minute song, and that the rest was completely different.

Party Favors

Jon Stewart's "Daily Show" will broadcast from Ohio next week, beginning with a special preview appearance today. The "Midwest Midterm Spectacular," as it's being called, marks the first time the show has taped off of the East or West coasts ... NBC is refusing to run a national ad for the new Dixie Chicks movie, "Shut Up and Sing," because it disparaged President Bush. CBS has agreed to run the ad, while ABC and Fox have not yet decided. The CW network has also refused to run it.

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