Wednesday, May 31, 2006

Anti-War Stance Doesn't Stop the Dixie Chicks

From Yahoo News:

NEW YORK, May 31 /PRNewswire/ -- As Taking The Long Way debuts at #1 on the Billboard Top 200 best-selling albums chart this week, with first week's sales of 525,829, the Dixie Chicks have become the first female group in chart history to have three albums debut at #1, breaking the record the Chicks established in 2002 when the group's last studio album, Home, debuted at #1 and made them the first female group ever to have two albums debut at #1.

Taking a few more shots at the Bush Administration, and being dissed by Red State radio stations, doesn't seem to have harmed the Dixie Chicks. Mind you, even the last album, Home, seemed to have been moving from country towards rock/pop.

Meanwhile, despite all the controversy surrounding Neil Young's Living With War, it managed to move 60,000 copies during its first week, entering Billboard at number 15, all of which is about average for Neil these days. No word on what the on-line sales figures were (he released there first), but in the end I imagine another gold record for Neil.

A few weeks ago, I offered a quick review of Living With War here. Bottom line: pretty good album, lots of noise, feedback, and slopping guitar playing, and a couple of good lines of poetry as well.

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