The Liberal Country Music Fan

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Wednesday, May 31, 2006

Dixie Chicks 526,000, Nay-sayers 0

Despite a near total blackout on country radio, the Dixie Chicks sold 526,000 copies of Taking the Long Way during its first week of release. The sales total was enough to put the album at the top of the U.S. sales chart (not to mention the U.S. country sales chart).

By comparison, Toby Keith’s latest CD, White Trash With Money, sold 330,000 copies in its first week, and it had an amazing single all over country radio prior to its release. The Chicks' previous two studio CDs, Fly and Home, had first-week sales of 382,000 and 780,000, respectively. Both of these CDs were released prior to “the Incident” of 2003. It appears the Chicks haven’t lost any ground! We’ll know for sure when we see if the Chicks can maintain the sales momentum over the long term.

Taking the Long Way had the second best first-week sales of the year for a country album, behind only Rascal Flatts' Me and My Gang, which also had a wildly popular single on country radio. I guess the Chicks sound pretty damn good with their “foot in their mouth”...

Expect the nay-sayers to spin the “drop” in first-week sales with respect to the Chicks' last album, Home. These folks should be reminded that the Taking the Long Way had the second-best debut of the entire year, which also featured new CDs from Toby Keith, Tim McGraw, and Alan Jackson. The spinsters should also know that Fly went on to sell 8.5 million copies, despite having opening sales that were about 150,000 less than those of Taking the Long Way.

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