June 23, 2006
Lorie Byrd writes this morning what I had suspected about this as well as some advice for Democrat politicians:
"The new Chicks CD sold well the first couple of weeks, topping the charts. It is hard to imagine with the cover of Time Magazine, a 60 Minutes feature and an avalanche of favorable media, that the CD would not be a top seller. I recently heard Democratic Congressman Harold Ford, Jr. say he went out and bought a copy the first week.The advice, alas, is sure to be ignored. It's an elitist mindset. And it would be more than appropriate to identify them as "Dixie Chick Democrats" - tone deaf, from a marketing perspective.
I suspect that many who never would have paid a dime to listen to the Dixie Chicks when they were a kitschy country band, went out and purchased a copy as a political statement.
Although sales the first week put the CD at the top of the charts, compared to the previous Dixie Chicks CD, sales were down considerably. Concert ticket sales in some venues have been so slow that some shows may even be cancelled.
The example of the Dixie ChicksÂ’ rejection by many country music fans is one that carries a lesson those marketing any product would do well to heed. It easily translates from musicians and fans to politicians and voters, too. When politicians treat voters as ignorant and backward for not accepting their position on an issue, the voters are likely to go elsewhere."
Then again, if Natalie Maines can't understand the NYC subway system, how can we expect this dim bulb to understand her fans?
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