Wide Open Spaces

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Wide Open Spaces
Dixie Chicks - Wide Open Spaces.jpg
Studio album by
ReleasedJanuary 27, 1998
RecordedMarch – August 1997
GenreCountry
Length43:39
LabelMonument
Producer
Dixie Chicks chronology
Shouldn't a Told You That
(1993)
Wide Open Spaces
(1998)
Fly
(1999)
Singles from Wide Open Spaces
  1. "I Can Love You Better"
    Released: October 27, 1997
  2. "There's Your Trouble"
    Released: March 30, 1998
  3. "Wide Open Spaces"
    Released: August 17, 1998
  4. "You Were Mine"
    Released: December 7, 1998
  5. "Tonight the Heartache's on Me"
    Released: April 12, 1999
Professional ratings
Review scores
SourceRating
AllMusic5/5 stars[1]
Christgau's Consumer Guide(2-star Honorable Mention)(2-star Honorable Mention)[2]
Los Angeles Times3/4 stars[3]
The Rolling Stone Album Guide3.5/5 stars[4]

Wide Open Spaces is the fourth studio album and the major label debut of American country music band Dixie Chicks. It was their first record with new lead vocalist Natalie Maines, and became their breakthrough commercial success. It received diamond status by the RIAA on February 20, 2003 in the United States, having shipped 13 million units worldwide,[5] while spending more than six years in the Australian ARIA music charts Country Top 20.

At the 41st Grammy Awards, the album was awarded two Grammy Awards out of three nominations.[6] It was awarded Best Country Album (the first of what would be four trophies in this category: they would later win for Fly in 2000, Home in 2003, and Taking the Long Way in 2007) and for Best Country Performance by a Duo or Group with Vocal for the song "There's Your Trouble". This is an award the Chicks would win five times: in 2000 for "Ready to Run", in 2003 for "Long Time Gone", in 2005 for "Top of the World" and 2007 for "Not Ready to Make Nice", a feat only matched by The Judds. In addition, the Chicks were nominated for Best New Artist in 1999.

"Once You've Loved Somebody" had previously been recorded by John & Audrey Wiggins on their 1996 album, The Dream.

Wide Open Spaces, as well as their next albums Fly (1999) and Home (2002), were released in the HDCD format.

Track listing[edit]

No.TitleWriter(s)Length
1."I Can Love You Better"
3:53
2."Wide Open Spaces"Susan Gibson3:44
3."Loving Arms"Tom Jans3:37
4."There's Your Trouble"3:10
5."You Were Mine"3:37
6."Never Say Die"3:56
7."Tonight the Heartache's on Me"3:25
8."Let 'Er Rip"
2:49
9."Once You've Loved Somebody"
  • Thom McHugh
  • Bruce Miller
3:28
10."I'll Take Care of You"J. D. Souther3:40
11."Am I the Only One (Who's Ever Felt This Way)"Maria McKee3:25
12."Give It Up or Let Me Go"Bonnie Raitt4:55
Total length:43:39

Personnel[edit]

Compiled from liner notes.[7]

Accolades[edit]

Organization Nominee / work Award Result Ref.
Academy of Country Music Awards Wide Open Spaces Album of the Year Won [8]
Blockbuster Entertainment Awards Favorite Duo or Group - Country Won [9]
Academy of Country Music Awards Album of the Year Won [10]
Canadian Country Music Association Top Selling Album of the Year Won [11]
Country Music Association Awards "Wide Open Spaces" Single of the Year Won [12]
Music Video of the Year Won
CMT Music Awards Wide Open Spaces Album of the Year Nominated [13]
Grammy Awards Best Country Album Won [14]
"There's Your Trouble" Best Country Performance by a Duo or Group with Vocal Won
Radio Music Awards "Wide Open Spaces" Country Song of the Year Won [15][16]
TNN/Music City Awards Wide Open Spaces Album of the Year Nominated [17][18]

Charts[edit]

Singles[edit]

Year Single Peak chart positions
US Country US CAN Country
1997 "I Can Love You Better" 7 77 3
1998 "There's Your Trouble" 1 36 3
"Wide Open Spaces" 1 41 1
1999 "You Were Mine" 1 34 1
"Tonight the Heartache's on Me" 6 46 4

Other charted songs[edit]

Year Single Peak positions
US Country
1999 "Let 'Er Rip" 64

Certifications[edit]

Region Certification Certified units/sales
Australia (ARIA)[29] 3× Platinum 210,000double-dagger
Canada (Music Canada)[30] 4× Platinum 400,000^
United Kingdom (BPI)[31] Gold 100,000^
United States (RIAA)[32] 13× Platinum 13,000,000double-dagger

^ Shipments figures based on certification alone.
double-dagger Sales+streaming figures based on certification alone.

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Erlewine, Stephen Thomas. "Wide Open Spaces – Dixie Chicks". AllMusic. Retrieved October 8, 2018.
  2. ^ Christgau, Robert (2000). "Dixie Chicks: Wide Open Spaces". Christgau's Consumer Guide: Albums of the '90s. Macmillan Publishers. ISBN 0-312-24560-2. Retrieved October 8, 2018.
  3. ^ "Top Pop Albums". Los Angeles Times. December 3, 1998. Retrieved March 18, 2020.
  4. ^ Harris, Keith (2004). "Dixie Chicks". In Brackett, Nathan; Hoard, Christian (eds.). The New Rolling Stone Album Guide (4th ed.). Simon & Schuster. p. 245. ISBN 0-7432-0169-8.
  5. ^ RIAA Diamond Awards Archived July 1, 2007, at the Wayback Machine
  6. ^ Collins, Roger. "Dixie Chicks". Iomusic News. Archived from the original on 2008-01-16. Retrieved 2008-12-29.
  7. ^ Wide Open Spaces (CD booklet). Dixie Chicks. Monument Records. 1997. 68195.CS1 maint: others in cite AV media (notes) (link)
  8. ^ "CMT : ACM Awards : Archive : 1998". www.cmt.com. Retrieved June 14, 2017.
  9. ^ Variety Staff (May 9, 2000). "Blockbuster Entertainment Award winners". Variety. Retrieved June 14, 2017.
  10. ^ "2009 ACM Awards". Academy of Country Music Awards. Archived from the original on June 29, 2015. Retrieved June 14, 2015.
  11. ^ "Past Award Winners - Canadian Country Music Association". www.ccma.org. Retrieved June 14, 2017.
  12. ^ "CMT : CMA Awards : Archive : 1999 : Country Music Association". www.cmt.com. Retrieved June 14, 2017.
  13. ^ "CMT Launches Flameworthy Video Music Awards - Corus Entertainment". Corus Entertainment. Retrieved June 14, 2017.
  14. ^ "Rock On The Net: 41st Annual Grammy Awards - 1999". www.rockonthenet.com. Retrieved June 14, 2017.
  15. ^ "Big winners at The WB Radio Music Awards | Time Warner Inc". Time Warner. Retrieved June 14, 2017.
  16. ^ "THE WB RADIO MUSIC AWARDS airs tomorrow with live performances spanning the entire contemporary music spectrum | Time Warner Inc". Time Warner. Retrieved June 14, 2017.
  17. ^ "Nashville Music News - TNN Awards 1999". www.oocities.org. Retrieved 14 June 2017.
  18. ^ "TNN Music City News Country Awards Nominees". issues.louisvillemusicnews.net. Retrieved June 14, 2017.
  19. ^ "Dixie Chicks, TLP". Billboard. Retrieved May 15, 2021.
  20. ^ "Dixie Chicks, CLP". Billboard. Retrieved May 15, 2021.
  21. ^ "Dixie Chicks, TLN". Billboard. Retrieved May 15, 2021.
  22. ^ "Top Billboard 200 Albums – Year-End 1998". Billboard. Retrieved May 15, 2021.
  23. ^ "Top Country Albums – Year-End 1998". Billboard. Retrieved May 15, 2021.
  24. ^ "1999 The Year in Music". Billboard. Vol. 111 no. 52. December 25, 1999. p. YE-45. Retrieved May 15, 2021.
  25. ^ "Top Country Albums – Year-End 1999". Billboard. Retrieved May 15, 2021.
  26. ^ "Top Billboard 200 Albums – Year-End 2000". Billboard. Retrieved May 15, 2021.
  27. ^ "Top Country Albums – Year-End 2000". Billboard. Retrieved May 15, 2021.
  28. ^ Geoff Mayfield (December 25, 1999). 1999 The Year in Music Totally '90s: Diary of a Decade - The listing of Top Pop Albums of the '90s & Hot 100 Singles of the '90s. Billboard. Retrieved October 15, 2010.
  29. ^ "ARIA Charts – Accreditations – 2020 Albums". Australian Recording Industry Association. Retrieved April 30, 2021. Album/DVD certifications are on separate sheets.
  30. ^ "Canadian album certifications – Dixie Chicks – Wide Open Spaces". Music Canada.
  31. ^ "British album certifications – Dixie Chicks – Wide Open Spaces". British Phonographic Industry.Select albums in the Format field. Select Gold in the Certification field. Type Wide Open Spaces in the "Search BPI Awards" field and then press Enter.
  32. ^ "American album certifications – The Chicks – Wide Open Spaces". Recording Industry Association of America.