Sports and my thoughts

Thursday, June 08, 2006

Thoughts: I'm not sure why the Dixie Chicks are surprised they are struggling

Sure they may have sold a lot of albums in the first week, but they aren't going to keep up the sales and barely anyone wants to see them in concert.
Initial ticket sales for the Dixie Chicks' upcoming tour are far below expectations and several dates will likely be canceled or postponed.

Ticket counts for the 20-plus arena shows that went on sale last weekend were averaging 5,000-6,000 per show in major markets and less in secondaries, according to sources contacted by Billboard. Venue capacities on the tour generally top 15,000.

In contrast, the band's new album, "Taking the Long Way," sold 526,000 units in its first week, according to Nielsen Soundscan, the third-largest sales week of 2006. The album logged a second week in the period ended June 4, according to sales data issued Wednesday.

Despite those numbers, early ticket sales are clearly not meeting projections. The plug was pulled on public on-sales for shows in Indianapolis (August 23), Oklahoma City (September 26), Memphis (September 27) and Houston (September 30) because of tepid pre-sales in a national promotion with Target stores.

Why is no one going? Easy the fans who actually like country music, AKA me, don't want to support someone who is so anti-Bush and anti-Republican.

The people who bought all those CD's are the Bush hating wacko crowd. But as soon as they here the music they are turned off. They don't want to listen to country, they hate people who listen to country. We are just dumb rednecks who are too dumb to support someone like Kerry.

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