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8 Facts About the Dixie Chicks

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The Dixie Chicks are an American country music band which has also crossed over into other genres, including pop and alternative country.

Genre is any category of literature, music, or other forms of art or entertainment, whether written or spoken, audio or visual, based on some set of stylistic criteria.

Alternative country is a loosely defined subgenre of country music, which includes acts that differ significantly in style from mainstream or pop country music.

Country music is a genre of United States popular music that originated in the Southern United States in the 1920s.

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The band is composed of founding members Martie Erwin Maguire and Emily Erwin Robison, and lead singer Natalie Maines.

Natalie Louise Maines Pasdar is an American singer-songwriter and activist who achieved success as the lead vocalist for the female alternative country band the Dixie Chicks.

Emily Burns Strayer is an American songwriter, singer, multi-instrumentalist, and a founding member of the female country band the Dixie Chicks.

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The band formed in 1989 in Dallas, Texas, and was originally composed of four women performing bluegrass and country music, busking and touring the bluegrass festival circuits and small venues for six years without attracting a major label.

Dallas is a major city in the state of Texas and is the largest urban center of the fourth most populous metropolitan area in the United States.

A record label or record company is a brand or trademark associated with the marketing of music recordings and music videos.

Street performance or busking is the act of performing in public places for gratuities.

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After the departure of one bandmate, the replacement of their lead singer, and a slight change in their repertoire, Dixie Chicks soon achieved commercial success, beginning in 1998 with hit songs "There's Your Trouble" and "Wide Open Spaces".

"There's Your Trouble" is a song written by Mark Selby and Tia Sillers, and recorded by American country music band Dixie Chicks.

Wide Open Spaces is the fourth studio album and the major label debut of American country music band, the Dixie Chicks.

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On March 10, 2003, during a London concert, nine days before the March 19, 2003 invasion of Iraq, lead vocalist Maines told the audience: "We don't want this war, this violence, and we're ashamed that the President of the United States is from Texas".

The 2003 invasion of Iraq lasted from 20 March to 1 May 2003 and signaled the start of the Iraq War, which was dubbed Operation Iraqi Freedom by the United States.

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The positive reaction to this statement from the British audience contrasted with the negative reaction including boycotts that ensued in the US, where the band was denounced by talk-show conservatives, while their albums were discarded in public protest.

A boycott is an act of voluntarily abstaining from using, buying, or dealing with a person, organization, or country as an expression of protest, usually for social or political reasons.

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As of 2015, Dixie Chicks have won 13 Grammy Awards, including five in 2007 for Taking the Long Way—which received the Grammy Award for Album of the Year—and "Not Ready to Make Nice", a single from that album.

The Grammy Award for Album of the Year is presented by the National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences of the United States to "honor artistic achievement, technical proficiency and overall excellence in the recording industry, without regard to album sales or chart position."

A Grammy Award, or Grammy, is an honor awarded by The Recording Academy to recognize outstanding achievement in the mainly English-language music industry.

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By December 2015, with 30.5 million certified albums sold, and sales of 27.5 million albums in the U.S. alone, they had become the top selling all-female band and biggest-selling country group in the U.S. during the Nielsen SoundScan era.

Nielsen SoundScan is an information and sales tracking system created by Mike Fine and Mike Shalett.

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