|Universal Music. -
Westenra's UK Chart Record
in the UK, 16-year-old New Zealander, Hayley
Westenra, today broke records with the fastest-selling
debut album in the history of the UK classical
charts (The Official UK Charts).
Pure, Hayley's debut UK release, has
achieved higher first week sales than such
household names as Luciano Pavarotti, Andrea
Bocelli, Charlotte Church and Russell Watson.
The album has gone straight in to the UK Pop
Chart at No.8 and is at No.1 in the Classical
Known for the extraordinary purity of her
voice, Hayley was discovered busking in Christchurch
New Zealand aged 11yrs, and was snapped up
by Universal Music NZ, who subsequently signed
Hayley directly to Universal's London based
classics label Decca Records for a 5 album
3 million pound deal. Decca are the world's
biggest classical label and home to such stellar
artists as Andrea Bocelli, Luciano Pavarotti
and Cecilia Bartoli.
has just performed with Jose Carreras and
Bryn Terfel in Wales, and she makes her UK
solo debut at the Royal Albert Hall in December.
She has also been invited to appear on Michael
Parkinson's show that will screen in the UK
Hayley herself is enjoying her remarkable
journey. "This is amazing, unbelievable made
all the sweeter by the fact I'm living in
London and loving every minute!
Bill Holland, Divisional Director of Universal
Classics & Jazz in London says "Hayley
Westenra is an extraordinary young singer.
In a world dominated by presentation rather
than content the purity and simplicity of
her artistry has created a sensation. This
young lady has arrived and is here to stay".
For Universal New Zealand, Managing Director
Adam Holt remarks, "This is an amazing story,
but Hayley is such a unique talent her success
doesn't surprise me. What is surprising is
the speed in which she achieving these milestones.
Pure is now multi-platinum in New Zealand,
top ten and gold in Australia and now breaking
records in the UK. Hayley is a genuine star
and someone New Zealand can be immensely proud