Volume 23, Issue 3. April 2004

News Menu Button Hayley Westenra Wins Japanese Music Awards

The Japan Gold Disc Awards were held at Tokyo's NHK Hall 10 and 18 March. New Zealand teenage singer, Hayley Westenra, was announced as the winner of two major awards. She won "Song Of The Year" for her single "Amazing Grace", which has been the theme song of one of Japan's most popular TV dramas. The second award was "Album Of The Year" for her album "Pure".

Since its release in 2003, Hayley Westenra's debut international album "Pure" has sold over 1 million copies, and has still only been released to 20 percent of the world market. The album turned Platinum ten times in New Zealand (making her the fastest selling local artist of all time), Platinum in Australia, Gold in Singapore and Hong Kong, and twice Platinum in the UK.

Hayley Westenra also performed her first concert tour in Japan in mid March, with concerts in Tokyo and Osaka.

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