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Country radio nixes Dixie Chicks



NASHVILLLE,Tenn., May 22 (UPI) -- It appears the war U.S. country radio stations mounted against the politically outspoken Dixie Chicks has not abated in the least.

The band is promoting "Taking the Long Way," its first album since Natalie Maines told a London audience in 2003 she was ashamed to be from the same state as U.S. President George Bush. The comment sparked a radio boycott of the group's music.

Although the album hits stores Tuesday, the first two singles from the album are not getting widespread airplay, Billboard.com reported Monday. The first single, "Not Ready to Make Nice," only peaked at No. 36 on the Billboard Hot Country Songs chart and the second single,"Everybody Knows," is moving downward after its peak at No. 48.

WKIS FM in Miami reported it pulled "Not Ready to Make Nice" due to listener complaints after only one week. The program director at KUBL/KKAT in Salt Lake City told Billboard he was angered by its "self-indulgent and selfish lyrics."

Neither the Chicks or their label, Columbia Records, would speak to Billboard for its article.


And the fascist crushing of dissent continues!
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Heh. It's not like the Dixie Chicks were singing any good songs before they got all stupid and vocal. As for "Not Ready to Make Nice", it's only an average song with irritating lyrics. They could have maybe pulled it off if they would have made the song less obvious and more universal by making it about a relationship. But that's been done recently and better by Gretchen Wilson (I Don't Feel Like Loving You Today and Terri Clark (I Just Wanna Be Mad). The Dixie's haven't put out anything good since their first album.

I think The Dixie Chicks are all old enough to realize that ticking off the people who pay your way is a sure way to end a career. Country has always been a very specific audience -- God, family and country -- it's not just cute ideas, it's the way most country-music fans live. Sure they may set the country music awards in New York and Las Vegas, but heart of the music is the fly over states.
I think The Dixie Chicks are all old enough to realize that ticking off the people who pay your way is a sure way to end a career.

Well according to some interview they gave recently, they don't care if they have just a small group of "really cool people" as fans, and not people who just have their music in a 5-disc changer along with Toby Keith and Reba's music.

I'm sure their record label looooves that.
I find it unfortunate that radio stations in the US would ban them because of their open dislike of Bush while in the meantime they play music and support an artist who is a convicted pedophile.

As for the anti-Dixie campaign.. It's long past time for the US country radio stations (and the people that complained) to get over it.

Btw- what exactly are people complaining about in the song? Not enough mention of sex and violence or something?

Who in country music is a convicted pedophile?

As for the anti-Dixie campaign.. It's long past time for the US country radio stations (and the people that complained) to get over it.

Actually, they had gotten over it, until the little fat one decided to remind people about with it with their very first new single. Which was pretty stupid, really.
Not in country music, in R&B. Here's a link to one article.

I've never heard the song but I did read the lyrics you linked. I didn't find anything offensive or even Bush Bashing/threatening in them, so can't see what all the freaking is about.



Oh, well R Kelly is total slime, but apparently the fans of that kind of music aren't sufficiently pissed to do anything about taking off his music.

The problem people are currently having goes back to what the Chicks' lead singer said in 2003. She pissed off the fan base and there was a whole lot of 'we're bein' oppressed' and people called in to radio stations saying 'we don't want to hear that twit's music'. Three years later, the group has another CD coming out, and the first song they release mocks the people that got mad at her in the first place. It's not freaking, it's just bored disgust. At least that's how I feel.
I was thinking about this a couple of days ago while watching CMT, and I saw the "Not Ready to Make Nice" video. I agree that the song isn't all that good, and I wasn't really surprised that I haven't heard it at all on my local station. In fact, I think they only play two of their older songs.
Honestly, I'm just stunned by their complete lack of business acumen ;)

Of course, the Dixie Chicks jokes are pretty brilliant and make up for the loss of their music ;)