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Guess Who Hit #1 on the Billboard Charts?


UPDATE:  For another fantastic cover shot of the chicks, check out reader Robert Green’s wife’s shot from the Time cover.  Vulnerability and kick ass attitude captured in one snap of the lens.  Brilliant!

…and now for some good news today.  The Dixie Chicks new album, Taking the Long Way, debuted at #1 on the Billboard Top 200 chart this week.  (via Atrios)

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.

With the #1 debut of Taking The Long Way, the Dixie Chicks have also become the first female group in chart history to have three studio albums occupy the #1 slot on the Top 200.

Taking The Long Way has achieved one of the year’s Top 5 first week’s sales tallies and has the best first week’s sales for any female act on the Top 200 in 2006.

Gee, that is good news. Think I’ll go out and buy a copy today.  Or two.  You can listen to clips from the album on Amazon — and if you’re not hip to the fuss about the Chicks, Time had a great overview article that should bring you up to speed.

If you still aren’t sure what all the fuss is about, the Dixie Chicks will appear on Larry King Live on CNN Wednesday night, May 31.  On Thursday, June 1, Dixie Chicks will join host Bill Maher on the first episode of "Fishbowl" which can be seen on  And on Friday, June 2, Dixie Chicks will perform on CBS’ Morning Show in a pre-taped segment. 

As you can no doubt tell, I luv the Chicks.  Still dance around the house to the tunes on their first album, and the whole political swirl around their music can’t put a damper on the fact that the Chicks play a mean fiddle and guitar and that Natalie can seriously belt out a tune that will leave your toes tapping and you humming with a big grin.  The fact that this album is having success which has to piss off all those closed-minded, first amendment bashing "the Chicks ought to keep their mouths shut" losers is just icing on the cake. 

Jane covered the latest Neil Young release earlier — and she’s right, it’s amazing.  I haven’t yet heard the latest Springsteen album, but I hear great things about it and am looking forward to giving it a try as well.  Even Pink is getting in on the music as a means to comment on our times gig…so what have you been listening to lately that you’ve found inspirational or empowering? 

I had a professor in college who worked for the precursor to the CIA, who swore to me that one of their best recruiting tools was offering jazz recordings to strike up a friendship with potential informants and allies.  Old or new music, some tunes transcend generations.  Nietzsche got it right when he said that "In music, the passions enjoy themselves."  What’s been grooving on your iPod or CD player or your old school 8-track lately?  And why?

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Christy Hardin Smith

Christy Hardin Smith

Christy is a "recovering" attorney, who earned her undergraduate degree at Smith College, in American Studies and Government, concentrating in American Foreign Policy. She then went on to graduate studies at the University of Pennsylvania in the field of political science and international relations/security studies, before attending law school at the College of Law at West Virginia University, where she was Associate Editor of the Law Review. Christy was a partner in her own firm for several years, where she practiced in a number of areas including criminal defense, child abuse and neglect representation, domestic law, civil litigation, and she was an attorney for a small municipality, before switching hats to become a state prosecutor. Christy has extensive trial experience, and has worked for years both in and out of the court system to improve the lives of at risk children.

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