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Posted on 05/31/2006 7:02:26 AM PDT by RabidBartender
According to this site, there were just over 515,000 sales for the Dixie Chicks album last week. This would put them at #1 on the Billboard charts. Of course this was expected, as they pushed the albums release date back so it wouldn't have to compete with the debuts of new releases by Toby Keith, Rascal Flatts, and the Red Hot Chili Peppers.
The question now is this: How many of these sales were 'sympathy' buys by Air America fans and faux journalists such as Leonard Pitts? I can't really see libs going out again this week and buying another copy, and without airplay - the Chicks won't get too much more exposure. We should start a pool to show where they'll be in the charts next week. Then again, I dont know of any other big releases coming out in the next few weeks (Billy Joel has one coming out soon, I have heard).
Incidentally, "Home", the Chicks' last studio release, sold 780,000 in its first week, going on to sell 5.9 million copies. Anyone think this new album will sell that many? Very doubtful. What is astounding was that it had over 5 million sales after only 3 singles were released (Long Time Gone, Landslide, and Travelin Soldier) it easily would have broke the 10 million mark, had Natalie Maines kept her mouth shut.
According to Ask Billboard (Ask Billboard), here are some pretty telling statistics about the sales of the Dixie Chicks since March 2003:
In total, the Dixie Chicks have sold 23.4 million units of their four Monument/Columbia Records releases that's three studio albums and one live set.
The trio's 1998 major label debut, "Wide Open Spaces," has shifted 8.5 million in the U.S., according to Nielsen SoundScan, while its follow up, 1999's "Fly," has moved 8.2 million. And 2002's "Home" has sold 5.9 million.
The incident you are referring to is when in March 2003, the group's Natalie Maines said onstage during a U.K. concert "We're ashamed that the President of the United States is from Texas."
Here is a look at the trio's sales since March 2003: "Wide Open Spaces" (420,000), "Fly" (320,351), "Home" (811,000) and "Top Of The World: Live" (922,000 it was released in November 2003).
That's right, their last album (albeit a live album), did NOT go platinum.
It will be interesting to see how much sales drop next week. Also, tickets for their upcoming concert tour have begun to go on sale. Here in Kansas City, the country radio stations usually put all concert dates on their websites no mention of the August 20 Dixie Chicks show. I wonder if liberals will plop down 50-75 more bucks to make America think the Chicks are forgiven.
Note - this is not a ping list - just a one-time shot to let you know about the Dixie Chicks first-week sales. If you care.
Keep on freepin'.
A Dixie Chick tune came on the local D.C. station yesterday. I hit the button before the third note rang out.
That accounts for 50 sales. What about the rest?
Just because WE don't like them doesn't mean most of their fans care about their politics. When you've sold as many albums for so long as the Dixie Chicks have, you don't need country radio--all those people who loved their previous albums are going to know the album's coming out and get it.
There's just no need for Dummie-like conspiracy theories (I'm not accusing you of being a DUmmie). It's not like they are a new band no one's heard about, and those magazine and newspaper stories will get the message out even more effectively than radio stations. And since they're playing on Adult-Contemporary radio they will more than make up for their lost country fans with new listeners of syrupy glop like Celine Dion.
There's no mystery here, and no conspiracy. They're one of the best-selling groups around, and that's all there is to it.
Looks like their 3rd album has sold 28% less than their 2nd album and their live album has sold 84% less than their 3rd album.
One number that is missing and which would be an interesting comparison is how many copies of the live album were sold in the first week of its release.
I don't care who ya are, that's funny! (Larry the Cable Guy)
I live in a market where country music has almost zero visibility and there is almost never a local news article, review or interview with a country artist - maybe a reference to the late Johnny Cash or to Shania Twain every once in a while.
But I have seen and read plenty of local media treatments of the Dixie Chicks in the past couple of years.
And I would venture to guess that 2/3 of those no longer exist, be it by fire or paper shredder.
It's probably just a coincidence. ;)
What I love is how the Chicks have had ten thousand interviews talking about their Bush bashing, and in each one they seem to tell everyone ELSE to "get over it". The irony is as thick as the lead singer's cankles.
I don't disagree with your comments, but given the deluge of media coverage, and with Natalie playing the victim card at every corner, I think a lot of folks bought their albums to show their support (at least according to a lot of leftist message boards). And you are right, there are indeed some regular fans who don't pay attention to politics who will buy their stuff.
However, there is little doubt in my mind that if the Chicks had just put out a regular album without that in-your-face single and toned down their press coverage, a lot of moderate country fans would have moved on and the Chicks would have been on country radio again. Instead, they make a little snarky remark about Reba, and semi-mock songs by Trace Adkins and Joe Nichols.
And comparing Celine Dion to syrupy glop is an insult to glop everywhere. (Sorry - just saw VH1's Worst Metal Moments and they had Celine singing ACDC - ugh)
That is my favorite argument to use with liberal co-workers: "So the Chicks are allowed to disagree with the President, but I'm not allowed to disagree with the Chicks? The Chicks can try to make the President lose his job (2004 election), but I'm the bad guy for wanting the Chicks to lose theirs?"
I'm not a country fan but I have read more than one comment from them slamming country singers, and it's actually embarassing. These three seem to see themselves as the new celebrated lefty icons of the moment--lefties love it when those perceived as conservative turn--and you can almost imagine them thinking about the applause and laughs they'll get at some Hollywood party for this.
But they come off as rich B's who piss on the people they USED to hang with. It's childish and as I said, embarassing. I don't know their backgrounds but they come off like spoiled rich girls.
Everybody that wanted to buy the CD bought it this week, sales will drop by at least 80% next week. It won't break a million in sales.
The thing is, leftists believe they should be allowed to have the stage and say their part and only hear applause. If someone in turn has a criticism abotu THEM, it's an attempt to silence them. Like anyone could silence a leftist.
515,000 useful idiots.
Is that a lot?
Michael Moore tried to make people believe the Chicks didn't pay a price for mouthing off. The hard statistics made a (bigger) liar out of him. Click here for a March 2003 thread I authored.
What would be interesting is if they would compare the boost that Kanye West got after being on the cover of Time versus the Chicks.
They're also being pushed by MSN...meaning NBC. I had taped the episode of Medium and watched it last night. I have to admit the end was a beautiful song and right before the credits rolled, there was something that said the song was by the Dixie Chicks from their new album and you could go to MSN and order it there...WELCOME TO THE NEW WORLD OF MEDIA CONGLOMERATES!
I'm not sure I agree that the Dixie Chicks don't need Country radio. That is where they earned their biggest following and no one outside of country really knew much about them (despite their playing the Grammy's, etc.) prior to their anti-Bush rant. They somewhat-rock style played well on a few songs, but their first two albums were mostly hard-core country, which is what they stated they were all about back then. Once they insulted Bush, their bread-and-butter fan base (country) abandoned them en masse and the MSM picked them up. Since then, they have been nothing but arrogant in their assessment of the whole mess and have continued to diss country music icons and belittle country music fans. Their album sales reflect this. For the most part, rock circles have not given them much airplay and no other genre really fits with their style.
As for playing on Adult Contemporary, I used to DJ at an Adult Contemporary station and I can tell you that MAYBE 1/2 of what they put out would be suitable for that format. From what I have heard, most of their current album is heavy on classic country riffs, with some rock mixed in. That doesn't play all that well on AC stations.
They country part of it also doesn't mix well with rock stations and hip-hop is completely out of their style. I just don't see them getting nearly as much air play as they once did precisely because they alienated their country fanbase. Coming out and slamming Reba was the icing on the cake. Prior to the release of the current album, there was talk in country circles of letting the past go and giving them airplay. THEY screwed that up by their comments just before the release and then slamming Reba and other country acts on top of it. I submit that is also one of the biggest reasons they pushed their release date back, because they would have to go up against albums from much bigger country stars. 515,000 in opening week sales isn't much to sneeze at. I suspect they could get that much in sales just on the "controversy" and from their willing accomplices in the MSM and lib circles. Let's see how much they sell in the next several weeks.
They were dissing other music stars even before the "incident." This thing always stuck in my mind. I was watching an interview and they were talking about how they play team bingo or poker or some card game and they have to have unusual names, like the OVER THE LINE GAMES, if you know what I'm talking about. OK, so their name was "KENNY CHESNEY STUFFS CHEESE IN HIS PANTS." Now, if that's some kind of inside joke between them, KEEP IT TO YOURSELVES. Even then, I realized they had no class.
I'm starting to understand the appeal they have for DUmmies.
Mostly from dedicated fans, and new Leftists "friends".
This was before they started ridiculing their fan base and poking fun at country music.[marketing geniuses they aint]
The next album[if there is one] will be the true test.Their old fan base will not like the new sound as much,and won't come back.Young "sassy" girls have already moved on to acts like Miranda Lambert.Their new "friends" in the rock and VH-1 world will ignore it.
Then the Chicks will know the true nature of what they have brought upon themselves.
Natalie will probably be alright, she comes from a music family and will somehow hang around.The sisters are toast unless they make major amends.I have been surprised they stood so solidly beside Natalie, but, Natalie was their meal ticket.So it was lose ,lose for them.
The Dixie Chicks can toss my salad. If you know what I mean.
I had to read that in my cubicle and bust out laughing with all kinds of people around...
That wuz funny, I don't care who ya are.
I would like to see some smart freeper who knows about such things to make a graphic comparing their album sales pre-insult to now.
Conservatives, and especially church goers, are only allowed to have dissenting opinions if they keep them to themselves and NEVER express them in public.
I worked a venue at a Kenny Chesney show recently. Those fans are a loyal bunch and would tolerate no dissin' of their idol. A large segment of these fans are women who would also jam to the female pop/twang of the Dixie Chicks if not for the childish, catty insults.
The Dixie Chicks have shown an uncanny ability for transforming their peers into their betters.
Their last album sold 780,000 copies in its first week. So this means raw sales were down 275,000 copies or 34%.
So bottom line, it looks like they lost a bit more than a third of their audience. Not bad.
It will hit them harder on their concert tour. Internet pre-sales of their concert tour tickets have been weak and regular sales begin in the next week or so.
They are definitely on their way down.
Is there a website that tracks ticket sales? I would love to keep track of that.
I saw the video of their new song when I was flipping past CMT .
If anyone is into whiny, insipid songs, they would have liked it very much.
We'll see how that flies.
Well cheer up now! Here's a link that'll put a smile on your face!
From the Wing Sings website. Yes she does accept paypal!LOL!!!
Oh. My. God.
That sounds like Yoko Ono had a love child with Alvin, of the Chipmunks.
Somehow I dont think English is even a third or fourth language for her. But she has more integrity and heart than all 3 of the ditsy bits put together!
If anyone wants to hear the Ditzy Twits whining away, they'll be on Larry King tonight.
I don't care what their sales are, I for one won't pay one thin dime to hear their music, or spend more than one second watching them on TV if they're on.
I consider myself to be fairly conservative but not fanatically so, but I've told the staff that they can play any music at work except the Dixie Hicks. I've had this policy now for going on three years.
I suspect I am not alone here.
In the bizzaro woulrd of chicks and their fans reporting a loss of a third of their businnes is a "huge success".
bump to check later...
I live in Dallas, and they used to play at a local restaurant I frequented when they were a (much better) Maines-free cowgirl quartet. Nat and the two sisters have always had a wide streak of arrogance, a huge sense of entitlement and no gratitude. Read up on their history and you'll find that...
They fired the woman who started the group because they wanted even bigger success and she was holding them back...that when Natalie first met the other two, she was really snotty and blew them off because country music was beneath her...and they gave interviews slamming Dallas for not appreciating their genius and making them "play on streetcorners," when in fact, they were the most popular band in town at that time, selling independent albums, getting radio and TV exposure (I was in the live audience when the quartet chicks appeared on a Dallas broadcast of Garrison Keillor's "American Radio Company" show), and playing the best venues in town, including the State Fair Main Stage.
The liberal Dallas Observer even did an article a few years ago about how they've tried to rewrite their history and erase a lot of people who contributed to their success. But it just makes you look so much bigger yourselves when you belittle others, doesn't it, Chickies?
Hey, but did you know that the girl who was "fired" from the band, the original singer, hit the lottery (literally) a couple of months after they sacked her? She's a millionaire.
And when the whole "incident" happened, she had a message on her website giving W praise for the leg up he helped give the chicks when they were "up and coming". A little history the chicks have all but re-written.
who buys CDs anymore?
It's all about the IPod now :)
Besides nearly 59 million people voted for Kerry. They aren't even at 1% of that yet.
"We'd rather be the rock stars of country than the lame-asses of rock."
They could also be lying too.
What I find amusing is they claimed to be done with country radio, yet ads for their upcoming concert is all over the 2 country stations here.
Just like every other liberal moonbat.. they want it both ways.
I'm more than a bit disturbed by the fact that my daughter (age 23 and conservative) is still a supporter but that's her choice.
I dont know how ebay works, but the "Extra" copies everyone bought for whatever reason are already being unloaded on ebay. I was told that those are "professional" ebay sellers. So, how many copies would a "professional" ebay seller have to buy and flip to make a profit off of selling them for a penney? 100 each? 1000 each?
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