Remember the Dixie Chicks’ Controversial Entertainment Weekly Cover?
The Dixie Chicks provided the most famous magazine cover in country music history in 2003.
They posed naked for Entertainment Weekly for an article teased with the headline "The Dixie Chicks Come Clean," which was published on May 2, 2003. Much has changed for the women since that shoot, yet the group remains united.
The shoot took place just weeks after lead singer Natalie Maines said they were ashamed that then-President George W. Bush was from Texas before introducing "Traveling Soldier" in London. Many, if not most, radio stations had begun to ban the group. Some were even staging rallies to steamroll their albums. The labels placed on their bodies all came from email, media reports or hate mail.
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The group had been one of the most prominent and influential in country music, but the fallout from the series of scandals brought their career to screeching halt. By 2006 they had recovered enough to release Taking the Long Way, which reached No. 1 and won five Grammys, but to date, that remains their final recording, though the superstar trio have continued to mount successful tours periodically.
A few years back, Martie Maguire maintained they stand by everything they went through in 2003, including a photoshoot that their publicist tried hard to prevent.
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