Sunday, April 24, 2005


Why does the 'safe' alternative to the Dixie Chicks suck so bad? Seriously, isn't it a well-known truth that if you have to stick "blah, blah, blah" in your song, your song needs drastic reworking? But, no, SheDaisy and their record label decide to release it as a single. I'm dumb-founded.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

For that matter, why do the Dixie Chicks suck so bad? I assume you are all over them because of their politics, cause it can't be their music. Then why do you still champion them even after they made a bullshit apology for what they said about Bush???

4/28/2005 10:28:00 AM  
Blogger Aunt B said...

I like the Dixie Chicks, not for their Washington politics, which I agree with, but so what? But for their Nashville politics.

Here's what I think: I think they got ostracized from Country Music because they won an ugly and public battle with Sony.

Sony couldn't openly retaliate because it would have proven the Dixie Chick's accusations against them true. But no matter how much money the Dixie Chicks made for Sony, they're now something of a liability--they want to make music that doesn't fit the mold of their previous best-selling albums (which could [and did] affect sales) and they've potentially given all Sony artists ammunition to renegotiate their deals.

Sony sees a real opportunity with the Bush thing and takes it.

I mean, please, I don't care how powerful Cumulus or Clear Channel is, nobody pulls a multi-million dollar act off the air, arranges events for the destruction of CDs, etc., without figuring that the record company's got its back. Could they risk it otherwise?

Could Cumulus Radio or Clear Channel afford to loose access to all of Sony's artists--everyone on Columbia and Epic, as well as all of the Sony labels, across genres?


There's no way they would have dared made a public stand against the Dixie Chicks without knowing that it wasn't risking any reprisal from their record company.

Sony hung the Chicks out to dry. Sony could have stopped the story no problem, but the controversy punished the Dixie Chicks in a way Sony couldn't afford to itself.

The bullshit apology was beside the point, because it wasn't about the Chicks daring to take on Bush. It was about them daring to take on Sony.

At least, that's what I think.

4/28/2005 11:45:00 AM  

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