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Welcome to my blog, Protect and Defend. You don’t have to understand me. You only have to agree with me. I can live with losing the good fight, but I can not live with not fighting that good fight at all. - Publius

Saturday, August 19, 2006

Dixie Chicks


From the pages of Time magazine (August 21, 2006):

Facing abysmal ticket sales in the Land of Cotton, the Dixie Chicks opted last week to replace some fall tour dates in the South with stops in Canada and Australia.

But I thought the Chick’s CD sales were “threw the roof” and this was one of the best albums in years? Toby Keith doesn’t have any trouble selling tickets in “The Land of Cotton.”

12 Comments:

Blogger quakerdave said...

I bought the CD. And the concert was great, too. Ticket sales were down, so we got gtreat seats.

Sat Aug 19, 11:23:00 AM  
Blogger Wadical said...

Straight from the Land 'O Cotton: I can tell you first hand; You don't even hear there music on the radio anymore down here....once in a blue moon and even then it's some digitally remixed version on a pop station. Country music stations have written them off altogether. And I'm fine with that.

Sun Aug 20, 01:04:00 AM  
Blogger Publius said...

Well where I live in the DC area is no longer the Land of Cotton, but I do have 3 country stations programmed in my car and I never hear them on any of the three. And considering the coverage area of the three stations, I know that means millions of people don’t hear the Chicks at all.

Sun Aug 20, 02:57:00 AM  
Blogger quakerdave said...

ClearChannel owns a significant number of country stations across the country, and the Chicks have been blacklisted. This is not some conspiracy theory: it's been pretty well documented.

Sun Aug 20, 07:55:00 PM  
Blogger Rogue Mariner said...

Um, QD, I work for Clear Channel, and there is no "black list." In fact, I play the Chicks at least once a day during my airshift, and our Country station plays them a good bit as well. The Chicks are distancing themselves from the Country audience at this point, and wisely so. They made their statement, they've paid the price, and they're getting on with it. It's easy to see how Toby "Get Drunk and Be Somebody" Keith sells well in the South.

Mon Aug 21, 05:29:00 AM  
Blogger Brooke said...

Aren't they just plain passe by now, anyway?

Mon Aug 21, 03:20:00 PM  
Blogger Publius said...

QD, I was hoping that Rogue would run with the ball on your comments there. I don’t know where you got your information from on the Clear Channel blacklist, but it is not true, as Rogue has explained. Of the 3 country stations that I listen to here near DC, only one is owned by Clear Channel, and they are the only one of the three that I think would play the Chicks. Same format for all three, but the locally owned stations won’t support the Dixie Chicks because of the comments they have made in the past.

Mon Aug 21, 10:50:00 PM  
Blogger quakerdave said...

Ooops. My bad.

Mon Aug 21, 11:50:00 PM  
Blogger Rogue Mariner said...

It's cool QD, there seem to be a lot of "facts" about Clear Channel out there that really aren't facts at all. As Publius pointed out, many smaller broadcast outfits DID ban the Dixie Chicks music after their comments, and amazingly, they were applauded for "standing up" to the Dixie Chicks. What's good for the goose is not necessarily good for the gander. Never trust anything you read on Salon.com....i hate those guys. It's been so long since I went there, do they still exist?

Tue Aug 22, 05:40:00 AM  
Blogger Publius said...

If anything Clear Channel is going to play the Chicks more than independent country stations, because Clear Channel programs their country stations for a female audience while the independents program more for a male audience.

Wed Aug 23, 01:14:00 AM  
Blogger Publius said...

Well, much to my surprise, one of my non Clear Channel Country stations played a Chicks song today. It was one of their older songs, but they still played it. So much for that blacklist, I guess it really has to do more with the fact that they just aren’t that popular.

Thu Aug 24, 11:52:00 PM  
Blogger Rogue Mariner said...

YOu're right in that they're not as popular anymore. Combine the controversy with taking time off to have kids and you lose a good bit of your audience. They'll need a VERY strong single to get back to where they were. If they even want to.

Fri Aug 25, 12:27:00 PM  

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