Dixie Chicks: Gary Hershorn/Reuters/Newscom
March 05, 2003 at 05:00 AM EST

If you wanted to see the Dixie Chicks perform live this summer, you had to get up pretty early on Saturday morning to buy tickets; a few extra winks, and you missed out. USA Today reports that, of the 59 dates that went on sale Saturday, 51 sold out almost immediately, leading to a one-day concert sales record.

Fans snapped up 867,000 tickets to the tour, whose American leg runs from May 1 to Aug. 4, spending $49 million. That’s a better one-day take than that of such touring monsters as Madonna, U2, the Rolling Stones, Paul McCartney, Backstreet Boys and ‘N Sync.

The good news for the trio came the same weekend as the Recording Industry Association of America noted that the Chicks had sold another million copies of their current album, ”Home,” in the last few weeks, along with another million copies of their 1998 debut ”Wide Open Spaces,” confirming their status as the best-selling female group of all time, and one of the top 10-selling country acts of all time.

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