In the wake of the Dixie Chicks’ Grammy sweep on Sunday, “Not Ready To Make Nice” is No. 1 on the iTunes chart, and Taking The Long Way is No. 2 at both iTunes and Amazon (next week, we’ll find out whether or not the album saw a Grammy bounce at non-online outlets). Today’s New York Times has a piece on the Chicks’ win and its perception as a “victory” for the artist community, which was understandably angered by the Chicks being effectively blacklisted from the country-music world. (How did we miss the one station that went so far as to rent a 33,000-pound tractor in order to send out their “we will destroy you” message?) But the country-music industrial complex isn’t ready to back down from its anti-Chicks stance, according to AP
The Dixie Chicks peaked at No. 36 on the Billboard country charts with “Not Ready to Make Nice.” That ought to disqualify them from winning best country album, said Jacobs, the Alabama radio station owner.
“How do you win country music album of the year, when country music radio is not playing you?” he said.
Perhaps the Dixie Chicks can emulate this man in their reply.
Grammy Sweep by Dixie Chicks Is Seen as a Vindication [NYT]
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