Billboard executive editor Melinda Newman previews “Gaslighter,” the first new album in 14 years from Grammy-winning country group The Chicks. (July 15)
- (SINGING) You think It's justifiable. I think it's pretty cool. And you know you lie best when you lie to you. 'Cause
MELINDA NEWMAN: People are really eager to hear what they have to say. You know, these are three women who have never held back in song, or in interviews, or anything they've done. And people are very eager to hear an album of this much substance.
"Gaslighter" was the perfect first single because it was a bridge to The Chicks that we knew and a bridge to The Chicks that we were going to get to know. It immediately had their harmonies. So if you're a fan of the harmonies, which their harmonies are just amazing, you immediately got to hear that.
You've got "March March," which was based on the March for Our Lives March, which they went to with their families. But then as soon as the Black Lives Matter issue re-arose after George Floyd's death, the song has been repurposed for that, including the video that they released.
It's still an issue today. Women are not supposed to be angry. They're not supposed to say what they really mean if it's not nice. And these are artists who don't really care if you agree with them. They have things they want to say.
- (SINGING) I'm not ready to make nice. I'm not ready to back down.