The Dixie Chicks new song “Gaslighter” is so damn catchy even country radio can’t help themselves from playing the track.
Earlier this week, the Dixie Chicks announced their first album in 14 years along with the song “Gaslighter”, which was inspired by singer Natalie Maines’ nasty divorce from actor Adrian Pasdar.
According to Rolling Stone, the song was a massive hit reaching over 3 million listeners in the first 48 hours “mostly due to a burst of support from stations owned by iHeartMedia.”
The report states HeartMedia is throwing huge support behind “Gaslighter” in the first week of release. The song “earned nearly 750 spins in less than 48 hours” and “Nearly all of those plays came from the country format”
Rolling Stone spoke to radio programmers who seemed to be ready to play Dixie Chicks for the first time in over a decade.
The radio support is major given what the band dealt with back in 2003. The band famously faced protests after Maines spoke out about the invasion into Iraq. The Dixie Chicks were performing a show in England when Maines told the crowd, “Just so you know, we’re on the good side with y’all. We do not want this war, this violence, and we’re ashamed that the President of the United States is from Texas.”
The Dixie Chicks were banned from country radio with programmers refusing to play their songs, faced death threats and lost endorsements.
The group, which includes Emily Robinson and Martie Maguire, co-wrote “Gaslighter” with producer Jack Antonoff (who has worked with Taylor Swift on some of her biggest hits). Fans went crazy for the news and praised the band’s fiery return after laying low for over a decade. The Dixie Chicks are one of the most successful female bands of all-time with tens of millions of records sold.
The Dixie Chicks recently sat down with CBS This Morning to talk about their new album and the backlash for their comments about President Bush. When asked if they thought the moment was a blessing or a curse, they answered, “a blessing.”
The new album “Gaslighter” will be released in May.