News on Dixie Chicks, Aerosmith, Snoop Dogg
Country trio Dixie Chicks will receive the Visionary Award at the inaugural CMT Flameworthy Video Music Awards, to be handed out June 12 in Nashville and broadcast live on CMT. 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."
"Before the public knew them very well, their image that was seen in their music videos was an invitation to listen to their music," CMT music/talent VP Chris Parr said in a statement. "They backed it up with great musicianship and performances. I believe that is one of the great secrets of the Dixie Chicks' phenomenal success."
Meanwhile, the group appears to be closer to working out longstanding difficulties with Sony Music, who last week digitally delivered a new Chicks single, "Long Time Gone," to country radio stations. The track is set to appear on a new Dixie Chicks album, "Home," tentatively due Aug. 27 on Sony's Monument label. It is the top debut at No. 37 on this week's edition of Billboard's Hot Country Singles & Tracks chart.
-- Jonathan Cohen, N.Y.; Phyllis Stark, Nashville