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The Dixie Chicks have solidified an Aug. 27 release date for their next album, "Home." The set will be released on Open Wide Records, an imprint newly created by the country trio and Sony Music EntertThe Dixie Chicks have solidified an Aug. 27 release date for their next album, "Home." The set will be released on Open Wide Records, an imprint newly created by the country trio and Sony Music Entertainment (SME). The newly formed label and album follow months of legal wrangling with SME over the group's allegations of "material misconduct and material breaches."
The album will be promoted and marketed by Sony's Monument and Columbia labels. "The Dixie Chicks are three of the most talented artists in music today and the release of 'Home' is sure to be a major entertainment event," SME chairman/CEO Tommy Mottola said in a statement. "I know that the entire Sony Music team is excited to bring the Chicks and their music to a wider audience than ever before."
"We are very proud of the music on 'Home," the Dixie Chicks collectively added. "We recorded it as a labor of love during our time off, and are thrilled it has come together as an album that we think is our best yet. We are equally excited to get the music out to our fans. Our reconciliation with Sony Music couldn't have come at a better time."
"Long Time Gone," the lead single from "Home," has been playing on U.S. country radio stations since late last month. The single debuted at No. 37 on Billboard's Hot Country Singles & Tracks chart and has climbed to No. 18 in just three weeks. The track is beginning to seep into the mainstream as it just debuted at No. 67 on the Billboard Hot 100.
Last week, the Dixie Chicks were honored with the Visionary Award at the inaugural CMT Flameworthy Video Music Awards. Nearly every one of the group's videos has reached No. 1 on CMT's top-20 countdown, including "Goodbye Earl," "I Can Love You Better," and "Ready To Run."
"Home" is the long-awaited follow-up to the 1999 album "Fly," which debuted at No. 1 on The Billboard 200 and the Top Country Albums roundup. The group's second release for Monument and fifth overall, it remained on The Billboard 200 for 131 weeks and has sold 7.4 million copies in the U.S., according to Nielsen SoundScan. Its predecessor, "Wide Open Spaces," has moved 7.6 million copies since its 1998 release.