THE DIXIE CHICKS The Dixie Chicks are a country music group, comprising three women; Martie Maguire , Natalie Maines , and Emily Robison . Together, they have sold over 36 million albums as of May, 2008. The group formed in 1989 in Dallas, Texas , and was originally composed of four women performing bluegrass and country music , busking and touring the bluegrass festival circuits and small venues for six years, without attracting a major label . After the departure of one bandmate, the replacement of their lead singer, and a slight change in their repertoire, the Dixie Chicks achieved massive country music and pop success, beginning in 1998 with hit songs like " Wide Open Spaces ", " Cowboy Take Me Away ", and " Long Time Gone ". The women became well-known for their independent spirit and outspoken comments on controversial subjects, including politics. Ten days before the 2003 invasion of Iraq , lead vocalist Natalie Maines said "We don't want this war, this violence; and, we're ashamed that the President of the United States is from Texas", (the Dixie Chicks' home State). As of 2008, they have won thirteen Grammy Awards , with five of them earned in 2007 including the coveted Grammy Award for Album of the Year for Taking The Long Way .
An ad for Lipton Iced Tea that features the Dixie Chicks is temporarily on hold, according to people familiar with the situation. The country music group ’ s lead singer in March during a concert was made comments critical of President Bush in the days leading up to the country ’ s war with Iraq.
A spokeswoman for Unilever, which jointly markets Lipton with PepsiCo in the Pepsi-Lipton Tea Partnership, would not comment on why the Dixie Chicks ad is not running but said, “ Lipton has a number of different advertising and promotional plans in the works and has opted for now to run the commercials that currently are on air. ”
It ’ s uncertain when or if the ad will run. The ads were to have debuted in May to coincide with the group ’ s first world tour in three years.
Three current 30-second spots, which focus on getting back to a healthy way of living, started running in May in the slots designated for the Dixie Chicks ad, according to one person familiar with the situation. The person said the ads were rushed into production after comments made by Natalie Maines, the group ’ s lead singer, caused a furor among some country music fans.