21 Sep 2003
Hits A Classic Record
Anthony Barnes, Showbusiness Editor, PA News
Teenage star Hayley Westenra has notched up the biggest
selling classical debut album, her record company said.
has now sold in excess of 700,000 copies of her first
British release Pure which spent weeks in the album chart
classical releases are lucky to make it into the tens
16, said: “I’m delighted with the way British
fans have embraced my album.”
is the best-selling artist yet in her homeland of New
Zealand, but has spent a large proportion of 2003 in the
UK. She recorded Pure with Sir George Martin in London.
has achieved her huge sales in little over three months
with the album only released in September.
recently shot a video for her version of Kate Bush’s
almost operatic debut single, Wuthering Heights.
sales are all the more amazing as she has had to do without
mainstream radio play, just specialist stations.
2003 she performed for the Queen three times in as many
weeks and also sang at a reception for US President George
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