ATLANTA, June 4 (UPI) -- The Dixie Chicks are once again climbing the U.S. charts with their new album, but they're taking a different route to the top, a published report says.
Many country music stations banned the Chicks after lead singer Natalie Maines made comments about U.S. President George Bush before the 2003 Iraq invasion, but the group's "Taking the Long Way," their first album since the controversy, was No. 1 this week, the Atlanta Journal-Constitution said.
A combination of online events, a Time magazine cover and several television interviews were part of a huge promotional rollout, the newspaper said. Fans buying the album at Target stores also got early access to upcoming concert tickets.
The newspaper said about half of the country music stations still refuse to play the groups songs, but satellite radio is playing them plenty.
During a concert in England, Maines told the crowd she was ashamed to be from the same state, Texas, as Bush. Since then, she's apologized for disrespecting the office - but now says she Bush doesn't deserve her apology.