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Country Weekly - January 9, 2001

Top Albums
With two of the Top 10 albums, the Dixie Chicks were the best in the nest.  But they weren't exactly lonely at the top - stars including George Strait, Garth Brooks, Faith Hill and Tim McGraw also made the act.
1. Fly - Dixie Chicks  (Monument/Sony)
"The biggest scare for performers is the debut album's follow up," reveals Chick Emily Robison of Fly.  "We refused to be intimidated.  We felt like we didn't have rules this time, because people liked what we were doing."
"We went into it thinking that we were going to make the album we wanted to make," adds lead singer Natalie Maines, "and if people liked it, great."  And well they did - all five million of 'em!
6. Wide Open Spaces - Dixie Chicks (Monument/Sony)
"The first album was like the mama bird, the record company was pushing us toward the edge so we could learn to fly," says Chick Martie Seidel.  Just call these birds quick studies.  Wide Open Spaces makes its third consecutive appearance on the annual top albums list.  And with 10 million sold, it shows no signs of stopping.
Top Singles
It was a year of comebacks, new faces and career-making tunes.  Here are the 10 most played songs on the radio for 2000.
4. "Cowboy Take Me Away" - Dixie Chicks (Monument)
"Never accept less than this song when it comes to love," says Dixie Chick Natalie Maines.  The ultra-romantic ballad was co-written by Martie Seidel for her sister Emily's wedding, and inspired by a well-known ad slogan for bath oil, "Calgon, take me away."  "It's a song about Emily's husband, Charlie, who's something of a cowboy," says Martie, "and my love for the free spirit that is Emily."