Update on The Dixie Chicks: New album debuted at #1 and has stayed there.

The Dixie Chicks must be smilin’ all the way to the bank as, despite a large number of Country stations refusing to give them air time, their new album has been at the top of the charts for 2 weeks now:

On the previous Billboard album sales chart, Dixie Chicks’ Taking the Long Way debuted on top, moving close to 526,000 copies during its first week in stores. With the field of potential competitors nothing if not slim, the Dixie Chicks managed to stay the course and will spend a second week at #1 despite a 48 percent sales drop.

According to the latest SoundScan totals, another 271,000 copies of Taking the Long Way were snapped up, bringing total sales of the album within 1,500 units of the 800,000-sold mark — a feat that’s taken the Red Hot Chili Peppers twice the time to pull off. The Chilis’ double LP, Stadium Arcadium, climbs two spots to occupy the chart’s #3 slot, selling 87,000-plus copies during its fourth week of release. Sandwiched between the Chicks and the Red Hots is the soundtrack to the Disney Channel original movie “High School Musical,” which holds at #2 and moved another 103,000 copies last week to reach 2.3 million in sales.

Good for them.

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