The early reports of slow Chicks concert ticket sales were evidently correct. The Dixie Chicks have had to cancel or push back many of their concert dates, especially in the South and Midwest. What Wizbang readers know, but many others might not have noticed, is that even though the Chicks’ latest CD went to number one on the charts, the total sales numbers in the first weeks were much lower than their previous CD.
Here is the deal on the Dixie Chicks — this was their big shot. They came back with their first CD in three years and got more publicity than anyone could have dreamed of. They got gushing television interviews, covers of major magazines and tons of “buzz.” That will not happen again, at least not unless they want to take an additional five years or so off before making their next “comeback.”. They took their best shot, with incredible assistance from the media, and even from liberal Democrat politicians who voiced support for them, but they still were unable to reach the success of their former projects.
They hitched their fortunes to their controversial status and decided to focus on that, rather than the music. Even their first (and possibly only?) single from the latest CD, “Not Ready To Make Nice,” was a political statement. When they attacked their country music fans, they just sealed their fates. Unless they come up with another, bigger and better, gimmick, they are not going to get the incredible publicity they got earlier this summer. I am not saying they are done, I am just saying I don’t see them reaching their former level of success barring something pretty spectacular happening.