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August 2000 - August 2001

 

  • The Grammy-winning trio are suing the entertainment giant for more than $4 million--the amount the group claims was stolen from them thanks to some dubious accounting practices by the company.

According to the lawsuit filed Monday in Los Angeles, the Chicks--Emily Robison, Martie Seidel and Natalie Maines--allege Sony used "fraudulent accounting gimmicks" to "swindle" them out of royalties by underreporting sales figures and fleecing the trio for producers fees and company services.

Calling the practice "systematic thievery," the girls seek to break their seven-album contract that they signed with the label back in 1997.

"We refuse to sit back and silently endorse this behavior simply because this is a 'standard' practice at Sony," said the Dixie Chicks in a statement. "This is about people keeping their word."

And according to the hit-making Texas-based trio, Sony failed to keep theirs when it filed its own suit against the Chicks last month, asserting they owed more than $100 million for the five albums they're refusing to make for the label.

While Sony reps had no comment on the Chicks' suit, Sony officials practically laughed off the group's accusations in the company's July lawsuit, calling the unpaid-royalties claim a "sham" ploy to get out of a binding contract. (The Dixie Chicks had said in a July 13 letter that they wouldn't honor their contract because of Sony's alleged accounting irregularities.).

In November 1999, the Chicks asked for an independent audit of Sony's books.The company allegedly stalled, so the group called in its own accountants, who came up with the $4 million figure.

"We got tired of having to beat down the doors and send letter upon letter every time Sony breached our contract," the band said. "It threatened to take us away from doing what we love, making music."

However, the biggest thing against the Chicks is their contract, signed by the three before they won all the Grammys (news - web sites) and their albums--1997's Wide Open Spaces and 1999's Fly--sold upwards of 20 million copies and generated more than $175 million for Sony. A clause in the deal stipulates that Maines, Robison and Seidel cannot break their contract even if discrepancies are found in Sony's bookkeeping. E! Online 8/28/01

  • Congratualtions to Martie Seidel. Her boyfriend, a college professor Garth McGuire proposed to Martie while they were in Garth's natvie Ireland. No date has been announced yet for the wedding. As for the Dixie Chicks, they are currently vacationing in Hawaii at a house that Natalie rented. 8/14/01
  • HAPPY BIRTHDAY!!! to Dixie Chick Emily Robison who will be turning 29 on August 16.
  • The Dixie Chicks have signed on to participate in the Elizabeth Glaser Pediatric AIDS Foundation benefit scheduled for September 15 in Austin, Texas. This is the trio's only public performance on the books this year, as well as the first time that the Chicks will perform with a full orchestra.

    Group members Emily Robison and Martie Seidel are laying low and allowing lead singer and new mom Natalie Maines to decide when the trio should gear up again. "We're trying to give Natalie a chance to be a mom and not have any pressures at all, so we were really surprised when the other day she said she wanted to do this gig out of nowhere," said Seidel. "It's for children with AIDS, so we're gonna actually rejoin for a special charity event in Texas in September, but other than that, we're letting her kind of decide when she feels like she wants to get out and start doing it again."

    Fans are anxious to hear the outcome of the recently filed lawsuit against the Chicks by their label, Sony. The label has asked the courts to block the multiplatinum-selling trio from leaving Sony and recording for another label. The Chicks claim that royalties from the sale of their two albums-- Wide Open Spaces and Fly--have been withheld from them by Sony. Combined sales of the Dixie Chicks' two albums total more than 19 million copies. -- Margy Holland, Nashville 8/10/01 launch.com

  • NEW YORK (AP) - Sony Music Entertainment has escalated a royalties dispute with the Dixie Chicks by suing the popular country act for breach of contract. A complaint filed Tuesday in federal court in Manhattan accused the Dixie Chicks of trying to leave Sony on ``sham'' claims that they've been underpaid. Sony lawyers asked the court to enforce the current contract and bar Emily Robison, Martie Seidel and Natalie Maines from signing with another label. A call to attorneys for the Dixie Chicks was not immediately returned. Since signing with Sony in 1997, the group has recorded two albums - ``Wide Open Spaces'' and ``Fly'' - selling 15 million records worldwide, the complaint said. Sony claims the contract calls for up to four more albums. Despite being paid millions of dollars, the Dixie Chicks demanded the company renegotiate their contract for millions more, the suit said. Talks broke off last week when the group announced it was leaving the label based on false claims Sony was withholding royalties, it alleged. ``The purported termination is based upon entirely trumped up and baseless claims,'' the suit said. 7/19/01 associated press
  • One of the the selling pop groups Destiny's Child will be recording a Christmas album, Destiny's Child Christmas, that will include a collaboration with the Dixie Chicks. No word yet on when the album will be finished or its planned release date. 7/2/01 launch.com=
  • The Dixie Chicks are enjoying their downtime from recording and performing, but they can't seem to sit still for long. In addition to spending time with their loved ones, the trio have been writing and are even planning a reunion of sorts, as Martie Seidel tells LAUNCH. "We're trying to give [fellow Chick] Natalie [Maines] a chance to be a mom and not have any pressures at all, so we were really surprised when the other day she said she wanted to do this gig out of nowhere. It's for children with AIDS, so we're gonna actually rejoin for a special charity event in Texas in September, but other than that, we're letting her kind of decide when she feels like she wants to get out and start doing it again," she says. The Academy Of Country Music's newly crowned entertainers of the year are planning some studio time with Natalie Maines's father, renowned steel guitarist Lloyd Maines. Seidel says, "We're probably gonna go in the studio with her dad a little bit and do some demos and work up some songs we've been writing, so we have been writing some. I'd say it's gonna take us a whole other year to get the album ready." 5/21/01 Margy Holland, Nashville (launch.com)
  • It'll probably be a year before a new Dixie Chicks album hits stores, and it could be another year before the country trio goes on tour, Dixie Chick Martie Seidel said. The women, who won the Academy of Country Music's entertainer of the year award last week, are taking a break. ``The more time you take off it is kind of scary because you're out of the limelight, so to speak, but it gives us the chance to kind of step back and write from the point of view of where we are now,'' Seidel told reporters. Lead singer Natalie Maines recently had a baby, but Seidel said that won't stop the Dixie Chicks from getting together in September at a charity event in Texas for children with AIDS ``We're trying to give Natalie a chance to be a mom and not have any pressures at all, so we were really surprised when the other day she said she wanted to do this gig out of nowhere,'' Seidel said. ``But other than that we're lettin' her kinda decide when she feels like she wants to get out and start doing it again.'' 5/21/01 Associated Press (AP)
  • Last night the Academy of Country Music Awards took place at the Universal Amphitheater. The Dixie Chicks took home three awards for Vocal Group, Video of the Year for "Goodbye Earl" and Entertainers of the Year. 5/10/01
  • The Dixie Chicks will be presenters at this years Academy of Country Music Awards which will take place on Wednesday, May 9th and will be telecast live on CBS. Martie Seidel is featured in an interview with Oprah Winfrey in the May issue of O Magazine.
  • Natalie Maines gave birth to a baby boy, Jackson Slade, in Austin, TX this past Thursday. He weighed in at 6 pounds and 20 inches long and both Maines and her husband Adrian Pasdar subsequently said they expected to have 10 children. 3/17/01 Reuters/Variety REUTERS
  • The Dixie Chicks were nominated for three awards for this years Academy of Country Music Awards. Their nominations are for "Entertainer of the Year", "Vocal Group of the Year", and "Video of the Year" for Goodbye Earl.
  • The Dixie Chicks are the only country act to receive a nomination for Nickelodeon's 14th annual Kids' Choice Awards. The Texas trio scored a nod in the favorite band category, along with Blink-182, Creed, and the Red Hot Chili Peppers. The award show will air live from the Barker Hanger in Santa Monica, California, on April 21, hosted again by Rosie O'Donnell. Fans may begin voting February 19 at participating Burger King restaurants nationwide. 2/18/01
  • The Grammy Nominations were announced on Wednesday, January 3rd. The Dixie Chicks have 2 nominations in the category, Country Collaboration with Vocals for "Strong Enough" with Sheryl Crow and "Walk Softly" with Ricky Skaggs. The awards show will take place on Feburary 21st. 1/5/00 Reuters/Variety
  • The Dixie Chicks are nominated for a TV Guide Award for "Music Special of the Year" for their concert special, Dixie Chicks: On The Fly. The event will take place on February 24, 2001 and will air on FOX on March 7, 2001. 1/5/01 prnewswire.com
  • The Grammy Nominations were announced on Wednesday, January 3rd. The Dixie Chicks have 2 nominations in the category, Country Collaboration with Vocals for "Strong Enough" with Sheryl Crow and "Walk Softly" with Ricky Skaggs. The awards show will take place on Feburary 21st. 1/5/00 Reuters/Variety

  • The Dixie Chicks are nominated for a TV Guide Award for "Music Special of the Year" for their concert special, Dixie Chicks: On The Fly. The event will take place on February 24, 2001 and will air on FOX on March 7, 2001. 1/5/01 prnewswire.com

  • The Fly tour was one of the highest grossing tours of 2000 earning $46.1 million in 81 shows. 12/23/00

  • Music Publisher Albert E. Brumley & Sons, Inc. has filed a suit against Sony Music Entertainment, Inc. regarding the Dixie Chicks' use of the song "I'll Fly Away" on their track "Sin Wagon," from their latest album Fly. The suit, filed in the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Missouri at Joplin, claims that Sony had not received clearance to use the song and seeks damages of a minimum of $500,000. Brumley & Sons publish the compositions of gospel music composer Albert E. Brumley, who is a member of the Gospel Music Hall of Fame and the Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame. The song "I'll Fly Away" was registered with the U.S. Copyright Office in 1959 and was composed by Brumley in 1932. The company maintains that Brumley has owned the copyright to the song at all times. Having been recorded over 500 times, "I'll Fly Away" is one of the most popular gospel songs in history. Among those who have released a version of it are Elvis Presley, Johnny Cash and Bill Monroe. CHRISTINA SARACENO 12/23/00 yahoo.com

  • The Dixie Chicks came home winners last night at the Billboard Music Awards. They picked up awards for Country Artist of the Year, Country Group of the Year, Album of the Year for "Fly" and Country Album Artist of the Year. 12/6/00

  • The Dixie Chicks' lead singer Natalie Maines has revealed that she is expecting a boy. She and her husband, actor Adrian Pasdar, are expected to become parents for the first time in March. Despite her pregnancy, Maines has escaped morning sickness and maintains the energy to run around and dance on stage throughout the Chicks' concerts. She says she told her doctors about how active she is during each performance just to be on the safe side. She tells Launch, "I made them aware because I feel fine. They claim you can do anything you were doing before. I wussed out of yoga, but I can still jump around on stage." The Dixie Chicks are currently on the road in support of their multiplatinum Fly album. The tour is scheduled to wrap up in College Station, Texas, on December 2. The trio's single, "Without You," is Number Seven on the Billboard Hot Country Singles & Tracks chart. 11/11/00 -- Margy Holland, Nashville launch.com

  • The Dixie Chicks plan to wrap up their critically acclaimed Fly tour in December. The trio plans to spend next year off the road and involved in various independent projects. Although wildly successful in America, the Dixie Chicks say they have no plans to take their Fly tour overseas any time soon. Group member Martie Seidel explains, "We feel like it would be spreading ourselves too thin. We haven't gotten to all of the cities we want to get to in the U.S.," she says, "and a lot of the cities we did go to we could have sold out three or four times over. And so we are going back to some of those cities to give some of those people what they are demanding. When we finally do do it [tour overseas], we want to do it right and not just do it for a brief time." Lead singer Natalie Maines agreed, adding, "We don' t really know our niche there yet. They are more into the fame of us and not the music, so it is, like, we are not quirky enough for it to be about the music. We are looking for our niche and then we will go work it." The Dixie Chicks will debut their new video "Without You" on CMT Wednesday (October 25). It will air as part of CMT's Delivery Room beginning at 10:00 a.m. ET. 10/21/00 launch.com

  • The Dixie Chicks picked up four awards at Wednesday Night's Country Music Awards. They took home Album of the Year (Fly), Music Video of the Year (Goodbye Earl), Vocal Group of the Year, and Entertainer of the Year. 10/6/00

  • Shania Twain brought her total number of BMI awards to 22 during the BMI Awards ceremony in Nashville Tuesday (October 3) night. Both Shania and fellow singer/songwriter and Dixie Chicks member Martie Seidel placed three songs each on the list of 50 most played country songs. Twain co-wrote "Come On Over," "Man! I Feel Like A Woman," and "That Don't Impress Me Much" off her current 17 million selling album Come On Over, while Seidel collected her career-first BMI awards for "Cowboy Take Me Away," "Ready To Run," and "You Were Mine." Shania and Martie received inaugural BMI songwriter/artist crystals. Other singer/songwriter award-winners throughout the evening included Toby Keith, Steve Wariner, Andy Griggs, Ronnie Dunn , and Kenny Chesney. -- Margy Holland, Nashville 10/4/00 launch.com

  • Natalie of The Dixie Chicks recorded a duet with Charlie Robison, the husband of Dixie Chick Emily. The song is called "The Wedding Song" and will be on Charlie's album expected out in January. Look for a Dixie Chick interview with Dan Rather October 3rd on CBS. (WUSN, US99) 10/2/00

  • The Dixie Chicks are the first country group to receive the Diamond Award for selling over 10 million copies for the debut album Wide Open Spaces. The rare accomplishment, which has also been achieved by Garth Brooks, Kenny Rogers, and Shania Twain, also recognizes Wide Open Spaces as the best-selling debut album in the history of country music. LAUNCH spoke with lead singer Natalie Maines about the feat. "It's so nice to know that so many people are listening to it,", she said. "You feel like you've achieved something. Like an artist, you want your painting to be seen." 9/9/00 launch.com

  • The Dixie Chicks had a visitor at their Saturday (August 19) concert at the Palace Of Auburn Hills in suburban Detroit--Rosie O'Donnell. But the talk-show host/actress was working, not socializing, and she joined forces onstage with the Chicks to record a song for a holiday charity album she's working on. Posing as "Trixie Dixie", a bandana-wearing contest winner from Arkansas (who purportedly held on to a Dixie Chicks poster for 14 consecutive days), O'Donnell led the Chicks and the near-capacity crowd through an irreverent holiday tune that featured choruses such as "Send somebody to the Quick-Pak store/We need some ice and an extension cord/A can of bean dip and some Diet-Rite/A box of tampons and some Marlboro Lights/Hallelujah everybody say cheese/Merry Christmas from the family." A sheet with lyrics to the song was handed out to fans before the show, and the words were also flashed on an on-stage video screen. The Chicks and O'Donnell ran through the tune twice, the second time adding fake snow to get the crowd in more of a holiday spirit. The album is set for release this fall, with proceeds going to the All Kids Foundation, an organization that distributes funds to children's charities. Also at Saturday's show, the opening number "'Ready to Run"' was filmed by an Imax crew for a future music feature. 8/24/00-- Gary Graff, Detroit

  • Happy Birthday to Emily Robison who turns 28 today. Yesterday in Nashville, the performers were announced at this years CMA Awards. The Dixie Chicks will perform "Sin Wagon". Others set to perform include Montgomery Gentry, Lee Ann Womack, and Martina McBride. 8/16/00

  • Natalie Maines just announced on Monday that her and husbund Adrian Pasdar are expecting their first child in April of 2001. The Dixie Chicks declined an offer for a million dollar endorsement with Coca-Cola due to their refulsal to sign an interim deak with Striking Actors Union SAG and AFTRA. (wall of sound) Here's a list of the CMA nominations the Dixie Chicks were nominated for: ENTERTAINER OF THE YEAR, ALBUM OF THE YEAR, VOCAL GROUP OF THE YEAR, MUSIC VIDEO OF THE YEAR (Goodbye Earl). The Awards show will be broadcasted on Wednesday, October 4th, on CBS. 8/16/00