Now we get to hear how the Dixie Chicks are validated in their hatred for President Bush because they won some awards last night.
The Dixie Chicks, who stirred up a hornet’s nest with a jibe at President Bush, won all five Grammys for which they were nominated on Sunday, including the coveted album of the year.
The victory marked a stunning validation for the female country music trio from Texas, almost four years after their dream run as the darlings of Nashville came to an abrupt end.
Yeah, they’ve validated that a group can see their fan base all but disappear with concerts cancelled for lack of interest and still gain industry recognition for purely political purposes. In the words of American Idol’s Randy Jackson, “Welcome to Hollywood, baby!”
“I think people are using their freedom of speech tonight with all of these awards,” Maines said.
Many are emailing me asking how I can claim the Dixie Chicks aren’t as successful as they’re appearing to be. Here are some numbers to ponder:
Their cd “Wide Open Spaces” was released on January 27, 1998. It sold 12 million units and was certified RIAA Diamond.
Their cd “Fly” was released on August 31, 1999. It sold 10 million units and was certified RIAA Diamond.
Their latest cd, “Taking the Long Way” was released on May 23, 2006 and sold 1 million units in the first four weeks… but has only managed approximately 1 million since.
In 2000, their “Fly Tour” went to 90 cities with an average attendance of 12,000 per show and grossed over $46 million in ticket sales.
On March 7, 2003, they sold a record 867,000 tickets in a day and earned $62 million on tour, making it the top grossing country tour of the year.
But after March 10, 2003 (they had already sold out virtually every show of their 2003 world tour), when Natalie Maines told the London concert audience, “Just so you know, we’re ashamed the President of the United States is from Texas”, their cd sales plummeted and in 2006, their tour had to cancel multiple dates because of a lack of ticket sales.