The Dixie Chix' "Taking the Long Way" is the number one album this week after a long exile stemming from lead singer Natalie Maines' statement in London that "just so you know, we're ashamed that the President is from Texas." Later, she sloughed it off as an unplanned joke and apologized. Country fans were outraged, boycotted their music, and even trampled their CDS; and country radio stations no longer gave them air play. Consequently, the Dixie Chix tried to reposition themselves muscially. Natalie stated on 60 Minutes, "I've never pretended to be country to the core." In the AP, Natalie is quoted as saying, "I don't even know what's played on country radio. . .." Now that Bush's poll numbers are in the cellar, the Dixie Chix are taking back their apology and singing "Not Ready to Make Nice." Silly Chix, Trix are for kids: unless you're in the red light district.