|On the Fans|
|(9/17/99, 1 a.m. PDT) - The Dixie Chicks are still reigning supreme on the Billboard 200 with their new album, Fly. The album sold more than 203,800 copies in its second week (LAUNCH, 9/15). The trio is now the only country act in the history of the SoundScan chart to see its sophomore album debut at No. 1 and remain there for a second week.
Lead singer Natalie Maines tells LAUNCH that part of the group's success is due to the fact that Chicks can relate to their fans. "We get a lot of people that come up to us and say, 'I don't ever listen to country music but I love y'all.' We relate to that. I especially, because I didn't listen to a whole lot of country. I was a little rebellious against it when I was younger. That natural twang was just in me."
Chick Emily Robison says that when it comes to the fans, the group has a secret weapon. "We do have a direct line to our fans, not just at the shows but through our e-mail address," she says. "We get just hundreds and hundreds of e-mails a week. They let us know how much they appreciate just the fact that we're doing something that's different. We're not following somebody else's sound. They can't quite put their finger on it, which we like. We don't like to categorize what we do, because we like to not be able to be compared to anybody. I think they like the fact that we play our own instruments and they have figured out that we're real."
The Dixie Chicks are set to perform as the opening act for this year's Country Music Assn. Awards on Sept. 22. After the awards, the ladies plan to head overseas for performances in Europe and Australia, and then return to the United States for some much-needed rest and relaxation. The Chicks will then disappear for a while. They do not plan to tour again until the summer of 2000.